Category Archives: Gardening in Texas

Learning Through Gardening

(this is a Texas Tale about how I became a Food Forest Gardener. The beginning was decades earlier) I married a man who had a gardening mother.   His memories of her Victory Gardens and flower gardens were special to … Continue reading

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Food for Thought or Thought for Food?

Self-sufficient living can be aided by learning how to provide for many of your families needs when things go wrong. A break down in the delivery of food in Venezuela is frightening. People are suffering even if they could afford … Continue reading

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Reuse-Reduce-Recycle

I lived in a rural area of Texas that had no garbage pick-up. We had to drive our trash to a dump.     One day I saw a metal water trough while unloading our trash. I examined it and saw that … Continue reading

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One Way to Beat the Texas Heat

Whenever we go to town Central Texas, we see manicured areas around the highways and parking lots. We seldom see workers mowing, pruning and cleaning these areas especially in the oppressive, humid heat of July and August. I began to … Continue reading

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The Purple Gate Herb Farm Mini-hoop house

  Hooping It Up With a Versatile Structure for our farm. We found out that hog panels come in 16 feet lengths. This Feedlot Panel is very strong and won’t break down or collapse when cattle, pigs, sheep or other … Continue reading

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Weed?…………Wait!

Most gardeners want to control what grows in their specially prepared soil and well watered garden areas. A plant that appears unexpectedly is often pulled promptly. It may spoil the esthetic of the planned design of the garden. The gardener … Continue reading

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Out and About- An Inspiring, Sustainable Farm

I was inspried to write this emailDear Daily Dirt,My daughter and I have searched the internet for usable and informative material. The we went to Sunset Farmer’s Market and bought some exceptional veggies and picked up information. We ate some … Continue reading

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Texas Solar Society Tours

We got a real surprise. The Texas Solar Society asked The Purple Gate Farm to be one of the open house solar tour locations in Bastrop County. Because we are a very small farm, we were surprised to be asked … Continue reading

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Say Yes to Sustainable Living

  The ProblemsDroughts are far reaching in areas of the globe including California, Texas, and the western states of the United States, Russia and in Kenya and other parts of Africa.   The worlds climate is changing and disrupting life-sustaining … Continue reading

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Zucchini in our 21st Century 2015 Kitchen

  The same neighbors and relatives will bless you and not duck or hide when you return several times to share¬† your over-abundance of zucchini squash. These recipes may make them look forward to your next visit! 10 Things to … Continue reading

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