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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.
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Like Daniel said:  Bench Heater

That is what I vision when I think of a RMH.

I also like "slow-release radiant heating system" from wikipedia.
11 hours ago
I have always lived in the country except when I was a young wife and mother so I am not familiar with "City Repair".

My closest town has about 7 people.  The two nearest towns where the gas stations are located makes it a 60-mile trip.

I was looking for examples of what City Repair is so I found this amazing website:

There is a blog that shows some of their wonderful projects:

Here are some pictures I found on Pinterest:

Since I live too far from the towns in my area I decided to show my support by subscribing to the local newspapers.  I know they are trying to keep people informed on locale happenings.

These communities did pull together to help keep the school children with meals and to keep meals on wheels going.

This thread offers some suggestions on what we can do:

What are some of the things you are doing, have done or what suggestions would you offer?
12 hours ago
Elle, I feel your pain and everyone has given you great advice.  After reading everyone's comments I want to ask what have you done to improve your soil?

I don't have soil so I started growing stuff in caliche.

From Wikipedia: "Caliche is a sedimentary rock, a hardened natural cement of calcium carbonate that binds other materials—such as gravel, sand, clay, and silt."

Dear hubby found a deposit of clay to which he added store-bought garden soil, store-bought well-composted manure and leaf mold from under our oak trees.  This was all mixed in a wheel barrel and added to raise beds since it is very windy where we live.

I also add all our spent coffee grounds, occasionally.

Making compost to add occasionally will also help.

I learned a lot from Dr. Bryant Redhawk so I would like to recommend his soil series:

17 hours ago
Try researching this willow, Salix alba as it may not be a hybrid.

Here is an Amazon link for it.

Wikipedia may give you some info on ones that are not hybrid:
1 day ago
I would feel it would be okay to plant now. Especially that now is planting time for garlic in fall gardens.

I don't have experience with garlic, only walking onions.

As Pearl said, they will plant themselves.  Eventually, the stalk will bend down and the bublis plant themselves.
1 day ago

Skandi Rogers wrote:I make a lot of scones but I have never tried the American version :p These look pretty good so I think we will give them a go. what would you serve them with that isn't that grey looking very offputting gravy?

I have never had scones so I can't say for sure ... biscuits are usually flakier and not as dense.

Scones are on my list to make ... one of these days.  A magazine I take had a recipe and they sounded so good.

My favorite way to eat biscuits is with breakfast.  Here in the US, restaurants usually offer either toast or biscuits.

I first had Beer Biscuits at a favorite restaurant that was famous for their biscuits.

I love these Sausage Biscuits:

Add an egg and cheese with the sausage:

Another way to have biscuits is like a pot pie, meat, and vegetable in a creamy sauce:

1 day ago
That part of the plant is called a "Bulbils".

They can be planted and make new plants.

Here is an article to tell you how:
1 day ago
Jocelyn, thank you for sharing this.

I live too far from the towns in my area so I cannot help.

What I decided to do is to show my support was to subscribe to the local newspapers.  It is not much though they are trying to keep people informed on locale happens.

These communities did pull together to help keep the school children with meals and to keep meals on wheels going.
1 day ago
Welcome, Jim!

I am looking forward to reading everyone's questions and seeing the answers.
1 day ago
Eric has given you some great advice.

I can't offer much though I wanted to say this may be a good time to plant fruit trees.

When planting trees it might be good to consider how big they will be when they mature.  Placing them far away from the house so that limbs don't fall on the roof.
1 day ago