About Me

My name is Abbey. I garden in San Antonio, Texas (zone 8b). Our home and yard sit on an average-sized suburban lot in a 30-year-old neighborhood near the South Texas Medical Center.

We bought our home in November 2007. When we moved in, the yard had four trees but no other landscaping. We hired a former nurseryman to help us sketch a plan that we've implemented ourselves.

Home 2007 Home 2009
As a result of the process, I've fallen in love with landscaping. I like to learn about plants and their growing requirements, then find the right spot for them in our yard and arrange them into the overall scheme.

Papa's garden in Ganado, TX

I come from a family of veggie gardeners. My dad installed big beds at every house we lived in. His dad used to tend 107 4' x 25' veggie beds, 30 fruit trees and 50 pecan in Midland, Texas. Today, my papa is in his 70s and works a garden in Ganado, Texas that's bigger than my entire backyard.

I subscribe to organic gardening methods almost all of the time. On the weekends, I like to listen to six different garden shows from across the state. My favorite garden guru is Doug Welsh, the former San Antonio extension agent who now lives in College Station, TX and hosts this weekly radio show. What I like about Doug (and local organic nurseryman and radio host Bob Webster) is that he explains the "why and how" when he gives an answer; he doesn't focus on a product that will solve the problem, but on explaining the nature of the problem and then the merits of different solutions, pros and cons.

Growing Conditions.
San Antonio is at the edge of the desert so water conservation is a priority. Our area's native plants are xeric and so are most of the ones in my hard; however, not all of my plants are natives.

South Central Texas is situated over a shelf of limestone that creates alkaline soil. In most places on the north side of the city, you can dig only a few inches before you smack into rock. Luckily, our yard has several feet of soil.

Garden Helpers.
Travis, Bailey and Abbey
My husband Travis is the main vegetable gardener. Our dog Bailey is our constant sidekick.
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