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7/22/2009
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
7/29/2009
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
8/6/2009
It is still very hot here in my part of Texas. Day after day the temperature reaches 100 degrees or above with no rain. I was in town this morning and two people stopped me to ask how to keep their plants alive in this weather. Here is my advice.
12/7/2007
Editor-in-Chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence gets a great dose of green--and cheeseburgers--in Austin, Texas.
10/9/2009
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
9/24/2009
With fall rain comes weedy crops. Learn more about Texas rain and it what it's doing to Herb Companion reader, Cynthia Meredith's, garden.
11/15/2012
An economical, new product from Yikes! Phone and Table Rescue revives cell phones—and other electronics—that unexpectedly go skinny dipping. Learn how to save a wet cell phone!
11/7/2012
Young Austin, Texas, baker Kendall Melton studied theater but chose to become a baker instead.
12/17/2009
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
12/4/2009
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
9/21/2011
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
11/10/2011
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
1/7/2010
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
10/2/2009
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
8/12/2009
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
2/9/2010
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
11/13/2012
A Texas couple who raises grass-fed beef without chemicals or hormones tried raising turkeys for the first time this Thanksgiving season.
1/25/2010
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
3/18/2010
Many of Cynthia's plants, such as bluebonnet and Kaffir lime, had a difficult battle during the winter. They are now blooming in her early spring garden.
9/16/2009
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina. 
10/6/2010
Learn more about Salvia coccinea, also known as hummingbird sage or autumn sage, due to its great show of fall flowers. It's a beautiful, ornamental herb that you'll treasure forever.
10/29/2009
The best herbs for fall, and the most commonly grown, are cilantro, dill, arugula and chervil, along with the edible flowers of calendula, violets and nasturtiums
7/27/2010
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
10/19/2010
Jessy Rushing shares her experience of growing Italian parsley, a cool season herb, and her love for autumn in Texas.
11/19/2010
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
3/21/2011
Dan and Karen Cripes made a few big upfront investments—including solar panels and a geothermal system—when they built their home in Round Rock, Texas. Now they're reaping the rewards with nearly nonexistent utility bills and a home they love.
6/16/2010
This week green building author, architect and Natural Home columnist Carol Venolia dispenses advice on green remodeling during workshops sponsored by Design~Build~Live in Austin, Texas.
3/4/2011
Fracking, buying American, GMOs and unplugging topped the green news this week.
3/25/2013
Texas artist Sandra Stevens has always been crazy about cows. Today she creates cow paintings for Western art lovers.
4/29/2011
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
2/24/2011
With no building experience but a lot of determination, Gary Zuker built an 800-square-foot straw-clay home on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas--for $40,000.
3/1/2011
With spring on the way, herb festivals are coming up on the calendar. Are you planning to attend one this spring?
8/28/2009
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
12/3/2010
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
4/6/2011
My herbie radar goes into overdrive during this time of year and I’m on the prowl for celebrations of all things herbal. How fortunate to know about the Herb Fest in Beaumont, Texas—my old stompin’ grounds.
7/11/2011
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
9/3/2009
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
6/18/2010
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
9/10/2009
Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more.
10/7/2010
Until this year our newest guest blogger thought loofahs were a sea sponge. Wrong! While visiting California she came across The Luffa Farm in Nipomo, California. Discover what's so great about growing a luffa gourd!
3/4/2011
Shocked that nearly everything in their Dallas home was made overseas, a family starts over and furnishes their home only with items made in the USA. ABC News challenges everyone to take a pledge to purchase products made in America.
3/3/2011
A wonderful, whimsical Austin eco-remodel is the playful expression of two highly creative minds.
5/19/2011
Simone Swan built her off-the-grid domed and vaulted home in Presidio, Texas, as a model of how financially and thermally efficient adobe can be. For $50 a square foot, she built a masterpiece. She says you can, too.
1/17/2012
Elizabeth Richardson lays out her plan for building her own salvaged home.
4/26/2010
In Texas, it has warmed up considerably, it's had plenty of rain and, best of all, the gardens are flourishing. See what's going on in Cynthia's Texas garden this month.
8/20/2009
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
3/25/2010
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
11/6/2009
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
3/10/2011
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
5/10/2011
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
3/1/2010
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
11/20/2009
Our guest blogger from Texas, Cynthia Meredith, cleans out her herb beds to make way for thyme, chamomile, lovage and other herb plants.
3/30/2011
Forbes releases its list of the least toxic cities in America, from Texas to Pennsylvania.
3/11/2011
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Forbes rates the ten most toxic cities in the United States.
9/10/2009
The Houstonian and Hilton Americas Houston offer guests luxury and comfort in green-outfitted accommodations. From intensive recycling programs to energy management systems, these hotels help you to stay green while visiting Houston, Texas.


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