Tag Archives: The Purple Gate Herb Farm

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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Progress in Aquaponic herb growing

In the picture above, my Husband, Bud was addressing the problem of drought by investigating a method of growing vegetables and herbs known as “Aquaponics”.  Aquaponics is a closed system that grows fish and vegetables for the table and herbs … Continue reading

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Self Sufficient — Sensible?

In 1989 a solar flare caused a blackout centered in Quebec, Canada that damaged systems as far away as New Jersey. In 2003, a massive power blackout left approximately 50 million people without power for up to two days. 11 … 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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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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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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Define: Sustainable Life

I began to wonder if I was living a sustainable life. What exactly did a “Sustainable Life” mean? So I made a list of things that I was either doing or aspired to doing. Here it is. Please add to … 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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Commitments for My Future, from An Alaskan Indian Elder

I while back I decided to write a Blog, I assumed I had something to say. At first I just wrote about whatever I was interested for the moment. Since I am 70+ years old I was sure I had … Continue reading

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