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texpest
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:12 pm    Post subject: Hello From Texas Reply with quote

Hi, this is a very nice site. I am enjoying it very much.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi texpest, welcome to IG. Do tell us a bit more about gardening in Texas Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugar_Ape wrote:
Hi texpest, welcome to IG. Do tell us a bit more about gardening in Texas Wink

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Well, in Texas we have two types of soil: Pure silica sand with no nutrients or black and clay that is slick when wet and rock hard when dry. We use the sand to hold the plants up while we feed them nutrients and water. We do a lot of soil modification here.

General Grant once visited Texas and said that "If I owned hell and Texas, I would live in hell, and rent Texas out." We have only one naturally occuring lake in the state, but have created thousands of acres of them to meet our water needs. Over all, most would think it to be a very inhospitable place, but it is home!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well, in Texas we have two types of soil: Pure silica sand with no nutrients or black and clay that is slick when wet and rock hard when dry. We use the sand to hold the plants up while we feed them nutrients and water. We do a lot of soil modification here.


That's interesting, a state famous for cattle (among other things) but not much natural grassland, what did they survive on? Welcome to IG.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: grassland Reply with quote

The state has a lot of area, covered in grasslands, and a lot of cattle. Both soil types grow some type of grass well, When it comes to vegetables it is much more difficult.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The area where I live, the Eastern part of the state, produces the largest volume of hay in the U.S. But it will work a produce farmer to death. The old movies with the cattle on the open range, well, that still exists, in the western part of the state, pretty much the same as in the days of the old west. The cattle ranches here in East Texas, are a little more intensive these days, and we use a lot of fertilizer, and sometimes, irrigation. We have only one natural lake in Texas, and the rest are projects of human engineering. Just a few other things about the place I live.
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