Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
USDA Zone 8a
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paul wheaton wrote:

Anne Miller wrote:What about sprouting grains for animal feed?

Or, more accurately, "sprouting grains for winter animal feed"?

That surprised me as that was not what I had in mind.  After thinking about it, I understand what you are referring to.  Animals that free range like cows, horses and goats.

Our daughter ferments her chicken feed.  I have been talking with her about doing sprouts like microgreens.  She showed me a picture on pinterest of a rack she wants to build so she can do this outside.  Since we are in Texas and do winter gardening I feel she might be able to do this year round.  Just trying to explain what I was visualizing.
5 hours ago
The first thing we did we we bought our homestead was to put up fences.

Something showing installing a gate or corner braces might work for the sand badge.
7 hours ago
I like these for gardening:


A lot of people wear these:

If you decide that you want lavender and want it to look like the picture then be sue to get the right variety.

I wish my lavender looked like those in the picture.  Mine don't have that color nor do they bloom profusely like those.

Here in the Texas Hill Country, we have some lavender farms with pictures like that.
1 day ago
I am not sure what level of badge bits these would be:

Build an outdoor greywater system for the kitchen sink like a french drain.

Make a barrel greywater system.

Design a greywater system and explain how it works.

Make a reed bed.
2 days ago
Sorry, Alex

I know nothing about fabric softener.  I use a 1/2 to 1 cup vinegar in the dispenser so my clothes will come out soft.  

I also hang them on the line to dry.
3 days ago

Brianna said:  My only need from the front yard is a small area that can be walked on next to the driveway (currently a mud pit that requires me to shimmy past).  I'd also like something aesthetically pleasing if possible, versus something solely utilitarian.  

For a walkway or path to walk on, maybe some mulch would be good.  Since it is muddy maybe a layer of sand then wood chips on top.

Here is a thread on walking paths:
3 days ago
It appears that last weekend 3/09 the escheveria died.  My daughter said hers died also.

I noticed last night 3/15 that the Hawthornia has developed aerial roots and also it looks like it is developing new leaves at the base of leaves near the aerial roots.

I read that is a sign that it is not getting enough water.  I read to give it 1/4 cup water every two weeks.  I had been giving it 6 T which is more like a 1/2 cup of water.  I got confused due to the time change and watered it early and gave it twice as much water (12 T) than I normally use. The water all ran out and then was absorbed.

Any advice on what to do about the aerial roots?
3 days ago
From this article:

pay attention to a study’s sample size. Researchers are less likely to successfully replicate others’ results if the study looked at a small number of people or companies, for example. Similarly, consider the peculiarities of the sample or the study’s methods. How did the researchers come to study the specific sample they did? What kinds of factors could have skewed the results? Finally, always remember: If a study’s results sound too good to be true, they probably are.

3 days ago
What about sprouting grains for animal feed?
4 days ago