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2014 Garden Update

Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 8:41am. 2,929 Views, 0 Comments.

Maytime Revels in the Garden

by Celia Hayes

Ebryonic Garden - Vast Collection of Pots by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comHaving been pretty serious about watering the garden every day – and that it rained buckets for a couple of days – the back yard veggie garden is looking pretty darned good this week. The beans have pretty well covered the tipi of poles arranged for their climbing convenience, and the bush beans have so far been somewhat productive. I have several batches of them going, having started them at different times since March 1. The tomatoes go up – or hang down in fairly impenetrable thickets, and we have this very week harvested the first couple of handfuls of cherry and tiny yellow pear tomatoes. The resident rat has nibbled at one or two ... but I think that putting out the trap for him will put and end to

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Hanging Gardens of Spring Creek Forest

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 at 8:14pm. 3,100 Views, 0 Comments.

The Splendid Hanging Gardens of Spring Creek Forest – Spring 2014

by Celia Hayes 

The Butterfly Bushes Revived Apr 1 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAll right then – I confess that after last year’s disastrous tomato adventure – in which that which wasn’t killed by the heat was demolished by invading rats – I could be forgiven for giving up entirely. But darn it, the year before was so bountiful … well, not really all that bountiful, but a good many dinners enlivened with fresh sliced tomatoes on the salad. I hunger for fresh garden tomatoes, and it’s too darned far to drive down to Trader Joe’s for a box of their assorted baby heirloom tomatoes every day or so, with gas over $3.00 a gallon. I stocked up at Rainbow Gardens on a wide assortment of heirloom tomato starts, after the unseasonable hard freeze at the end

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South Texas Garden Plans

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 10:51am. 5,614 Views, 0 Comments.

Plans for the Garden – Spring 2013


by Celia Hayes

Winter Cayenne Peppers by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWhen just about everything in the garden was done producing for the year and the weather began to cool off, my daughter and I put up the folding gazebo-greenhouse which one of our San Antonio neighbors decided was surplus to needs. Into it went all the surviving plants, and the delicate things, like the patchouli plant, the pepper vine, an earth-box full of salad greens and lettuce, and another with three tomato plants which had self-seeded from last year's crop. In advance of the first cold snap, we zipped up the window openings and doorway, and aside from unzipping the door long enough to water everything once a week, we pretty much ignored it. All the plants inside thrived on this regimen, and

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Texas King Cotton

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 11:59am. 4,417 Views, 0 Comments.

When Cotton Was King

by Celia Hayes

Comal Cotton Gin Chimney by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAmazingly enough, cotton once was king in this part of Texas, even though one thinks more of cattle ranches rather than large-scale cotton production. By the mid 1700s, the Spanish missions established at the headwaters of the San Antonio River produced several thousand pounds of cotton fiber annually, which was spun and woven into cloth for local consumption. The climate was just right to grow cotton, all through the Rio Grande Valley and other more or less temperate regions. Once the threat of Indian raids diminished after the Civil War, and railways opened up access to distant markets, cotton agriculture thrived all across Texas – mostly on a share-cropped basis, where a landowner contracted with an otherwise

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Gov Perry Renews Drought Emergency

Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 10:05am. 3,358 Views, 0 Comments.

Gov. Perry Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency

Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas, issued an Emergency Disaster Proclamation on July 5, 201I, certifying that exceptional drought conditions posed a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas. 

18th day of May, 2012, Governor Perry renewed the disaster proclamation and directs that all necessary measures, both public and private be implemented to meet that threat.

This state of disaster includes the counties of Andrews, Aransas, Archer, Armstrong, Atascosa, Austin, Bailey, Bandera, Bastrop, Baylor, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Brazona, Brewster, Briscoe, Brooks, Brown, Bumet, Caldwell, Callahan, Cameron, Carson, Castro, Childress, Clay, Cochran, Coke,

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Soil Compaction Aeration and Top Dressing With Compost for Great Lawns

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 7:34pm. 7,689 Views, 2 Comments.

 Soil Aeration and Compost Top Dressing Your Lawn

Mission Realty San Antonio Real Estate

by Randy Watson

Much of San Antonio has dense clay soils that begin heavy and may be further compacted from heavy use from play, sports activities and pets. Roots require oxygen to grow and absorb nutrients and water. Compacted soils reduce the amount of air and water within the soil. This results in poor top growth and lawn deterioration. Core aeration is recommended to maintain a healthy lawn and can benefit your lawn by allowing for the increasing water, nutrient and oxygen movement into the soil. From personal experience I can also say that aeration and top dressing with compost kept my lawn much healthier through last summer's drought and a healthy lawn helps choke out the weeds, too.


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San Antonio Water Conservation and Our Source of Drinking Water

Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at 12:52pm. 4,491 Views, 0 Comments.

The Edwards Aquifer - San Antonios Primary Water Source

Written by Randy Watson, Texas Real Estate Agent with Mission Realty

Mission Realty

So, just what is this Edwards Aquifer that I hear so much about? And why is the level of the Edwards Aquifer important enough to post everyday along with the weather. SAWS, the San Antonio Water System, supplies nearly 2 million people in surrounding San Antonio homes and businesses with clean drinking water, primarily from the Edwards Aquifer. Our area lakes are not used by the City of San Antonio as reservoirs to supply drinking water. 

The Edwards Aquifer is an underground body of water with sufficient pressure to be considered an artesian aquifer. Not so much like a river or lake or some other body of water you

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Summer Garden Suffering From Heat and Lack of Rain

Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 11:11am. 2,161 Views, 0 Comments.

Reviving the Garden: Roadblocks

Scene of Destruction with Squirrel by Julia HaydenWell, as if temperatures of over a hundred for  . . .  how many days in a row is it now? And no rain whatsoever for three weeks and that last effective storm was the first in months anyway  . . .  If all of that wasn't enough to put a roadblock in my attempt to bring back my back yard from the near-desert that the cold snap in January, and the stray dogs that my daughter rescued from the streets last fall  . . .  now there is something else, critter-like. Something is willfully and deliberately savaging the hanging airplane or spider plants, that I have planted in coconut-fiber lined wire baskets, and suspended from various trees or from hooks on the edge of the back porch.

In all the time that I have had hanging

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What a Lame Little Tropical Storm Last Week

Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 8:54am. 2,085 Views, 0 Comments.

What's That?

By Julia Hayden

Rain Storm in Full Spate by Julia Hayden www.satxproperty.comThat sprinkle of damp stuff, seeming to fall out of the darkest clouds in the sky  . . .  oh, yeah. They call that stuff rain – that is, when there is slightly more of it than fell on Saturday morning, courtesy of a few stray clouds from the weakest tropical storm ever to hit the South Coast of Texas.  We were watching the weather reports all this week, looking at the charts and radar, and licking our lips, thinking 'Rain – glorious rain! This weekend, Saturday morning at the earliest! Maybe even Friday evening! And no, if it comes with high winds, it's cool – we can adjust  . . .  as long as it brings rain!"  I swear, if the alphabet for tropical storms weren't already established, they could have called this crushing

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Drought worsens: Edwards Aquifer drops below 660 ft. San Antonio enters into Stage One Water Restrictions

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:37pm. 2,376 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Thursday, 21 April 2011 21:45

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Reports: Stage One Water Restrictions? No problem.

By Juan Soulas

As you've likely heard by now, Stage One watering rules are in effect. While some may consider drought restrictions to be a bad thing, you – our loyal subscribers – know it simply means making a few adjustments to your watering schedule.

The advice in this newsletter is designed to help you maintain a landscape that weathers dry conditions and restrictions, so there's no need to despair.

During Stage One restrictions:

  • Watering your lawn with an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler is allowed once a week on your assigned day, before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. (No drastic change here since our watering

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