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My name is Debi and I've been gardening off-and-on for 15 some-odd years, but really invested time and money last year in an 80sf raised bed organic vegetable garden. I (as well as daughter and SIL) were impressed with the output, so I'm expanding this year, adding potatoes and peas, more space for green beans and summer squash, everbearing strawberries, less space for okra and eggplant; and nixing the red onions in favor of more yellow.

I'll be adding about another 60cf of dirt, (not sure how much space that is), but I'm adding beds and adjusting the others and adding a "salad bar". Just looking for fellow gardeners, especially local, that I can discuss triumphs and failures of gardening in North Texas, what with the drought, hail storms, high winds and too much rain at once. Oh yeah, and the grasshoppers. My web site/journal/blog is under construction at www.MySuburbanGarden.weebly.com. Anyway, Hello and I can't wait to chat with you!
 

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Well I am not in texas but welcome to the forum. I have been exploring new ways to garden and deal with either too much water in my case(western washington state) or not enough for those in a drought area. Such as this type of garden http://backtoedenfilm.com/ or this http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/ both very interesting ways to garden. I have been doing raised lasagna beds now for 4 years with great success but am always learning about new and better ways . Both work in drought or wet climates very well. Unlike the traditional dig it up and till it under spray the hell out of it with chemicals and commercial fertilizers. Both of the above are organic and interesting to learn about. I am still learning and looking to learn :)
 

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welcome! It's nice to have you here. Sounds like you have a great garden! I'm changing the way I'm gardening this year and going with raised beds, using some old tires to stack for potatos, and learning more about companion gardening as well.
 
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