Local Gardening

By Tom Harris, Ph.D.
The Hill Country Gardener

Malcolm Beck is a San Antonio organic gardening guru who is known all over the country. Over the last 50+ years he has developed six basic rules for people to follow in organic gardening.

The first rule is: always use the best adapted varieties for each environment. It makes so much sense to start with plants that have been proven to do well in our environment.

By Travis W. Gannon, Ph.D., and Fred H. Yelverton, Ph.D
Weed Science Society of America

If you're taking a chemical-free approach to home weed control, you've most likely discovered it can be a real challenge. Without herbicides in your arsenal, it can be tough to keep the invaders out of your lawn and natural areas, flower beds and vegetable gardens, walks and driveways. To succeed, you need time, persistence and a multifaceted approach. Try these nine proven techniques that can help:

City of Austin Grow Green Guide

Botanical Database

Our native landscape is the inspiration for this guide to earthwise plant choices for Austin area gardens. The Grow Green plant list was created to help you select beautiful native and adapted plants which are naturally drought tolerant and resistant to pests and diseases. The less watering, fertilizing, and chemical control required in your yard, the more you contribute to the conservation and preservation of our precious water resources - our streams, lakes, and aquifers.



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