Tag Archives: Something new…to me

What is Aquaponics-and how is it Sustainable?

I read a magazine article that described a project in one of the Carolina states, North or South? I don’t remember exactly the details. What I do remember is the project. It was called “Aquaponics” and the description just inspired … Continue reading

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In a Class of It’s Own-Exploring Edible Wild Plants of Houston

A Short Reminder of History If the name Meriwether seems familiar you probably have heard of the Lewis and Clark Expedition commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson after the Louisiana purchase in 1803. This expedition was under the command of Captain … Continue reading

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Unexpected Consequences

We live far enough away from our family that when they visit over night they have to stay in a motel. To save money and encourage them to spend more time with us we looked for a way to offer … Continue reading

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Lethal Poison-Who Would Have Thought?

  I was reading a murder mystery by an author, Susan Wittig Albert. Relaxing with her book An Unthymely Death and other Garden Mysteries, I became very curious if the toxin mentioned in this story really was a lethal poison. … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes Offer or Scam?

Yes, you do not have to purchase anything to win. But now they have your name and email address and will send you scary messages that you are about to lose a chance to win, threats to your entry in … Continue reading

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Update 2014-Solar Installation at the Purple Gate Herb Farm

I posted “News from a Brighter White House” in 2010. http://www.pgherbfarm.com/MarysBlog/?p=186 My husband, Bud, and I have been thinking about solar installations for years. This year our small Texas rural farm catapulted into the 21st century.  We installed a solar … Continue reading

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Hope Springs Eternal

The TV droned on in the living room providing one horrible story after another. A plane shot down with hundreds dead, a car crash killing 20, a lone shooter with an automatic rifle shooting people in a mall, on and … Continue reading

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Judy E.’s House Tour on Monday, 07/15/14

by Catherine L Mills Judy E.s lost her home off of Cottle Town Road in the Bastrop Complex Fire. After deciding to rebuild, she attended many of the wildfire information programs to learn about fire resistant building techniques. She learned … Continue reading

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I Love Books

I love books. I spent many hours in book stores and used book stores for years. I kept building book shelves that filled walls in every room to house my growing collections.   I had an amazing variety in my … Continue reading

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What is “Sustainable” and Why should I join Bastrop Sustainable?

It seems it is easy to believe that what exists now has always been so.  I felt that way when I was a young teen-aged girl.  I lived among people who had methods of harvesting wild foods that did not … Continue reading

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