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TX LIC IRRIGATOR (Li0005963) TX LIC BACKFLOW TESTER (BP0000644) TX LIC CUSTOMER SERVICE INSPECTOR (EXP) TX A&M CERTIFIED LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION AUDITOR "Irrigation in Texas is regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ formerly TNRCC)
Jain 108 Academy
“Nature never breaks her own laws.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci
Explore Patterns In Nature: jain108academy.com
📸: Kevin R. Seiter
Apparently some Arizona legislators think it's more important to regulate how much breast a topless dancer can exhibit than it is to prevent mass poisonings via the public water system.
Kissing under the Sh*t-stick plant.
Phoradendron villosum (Viscaceae). Parasitic on Quercus grisea, Scenic Loop, Mount Locke, Jeff Davis CO, Texas. 01-DEC-2015.
Depending upon the source, there are five to seven species of Phoradendron that occur in Texas. Two other species of Phoradendron occur on dicot trees and shrubs – P. macrophyllum, its principal host is Populus, and P. leucarpum, which is commonly found on Prosopis (mesquite), Acacia, and Celtis (hackberry).
Four species do parasitize Junipers. Phoradendron bolleanum, P. capitellatum, P. hawksworthii, and P. juniperinum. These plants have leaves and berries that mimic Junipers – the berries are red or pink, the leaves are reduced and have a darker green color, much like their host plants.
The genus name, Phoradendron, is from the Greek phor (thief) and dendron (tree), and translates to thief of tree, which is aptly named. The common name, Mistletoe, is derived from the Old English word “Mistiltan”. The suffix “tan” directly relates to the term twig or shrub in Old English giving us Mistleta or Mistletoe – the Mistle-stick.
“Mistle/Mistel” is from High German (500bc-1000AD), derived from proto-germanic “mikhstilaz/mihstila” (2000-500BC), and has several meanings. The words “Mikhstaz/mihstaz”, which is Proto German for the Old English “Mist”. The prefix “Mihsta-“ means – cloudy, misty, foggy, obscure, as well as dung (manure, urine). Modern-day translation of the German “Mist” means dung.
Mistiltan or mistletoe quite literally means “Sh*t-stick”, which does make sense, knowing how the seed of Mistletoe is dispersed.
The term Mistel also applies to a bird – the Mistel Thrush, which does feed upon the fruit of the Mistletoe. Another term “mistelliam” (Old English), means birdlime, which is a sticky material prepared from holly, mistletoe, or other plants, and smeared on twigs to catch small birds that land on it. As stated above, Viscum is Latin for Mistletoe, but it also means birdlime as well. This peculiar dual use of the word gives us the Latin proverb “turdus sibi malum cacat”, which translates to “the thrush excretes his own destruction”, and back to the Sh*t-stick plant. #mistletoe
The United States has some of the safest drinking water in the world. But the US water supply is facing a new challenge — a slimy growth inside pipes that is encouraging outbreaks of illness responsible for over 7 million illnesses and 6,000 deaths every year, according to a new CDC study.
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Water-Saving Native Plant of the Week by Bob Dailey: Laurel Cherry (Prunus caroliniana). This small tree grows from the East Coast to central Texas. Carolina laurel cherry is a dense shrub or small tree, 15-36 ft. tall, with a pyramidal to oval outline. Leaves are firm, smooth, evergreen, narrowly elliptic, tapered to a pointed tip and equally tapered to the base. Upper surface is dark green and shiny, the lower surface lighter and duller. The leaves have a taste suggestive of almond flavoring and are poisonous when eaten which discourages deer. Flowers are white to cream, about 3/16 inch wide, in showy elongate clusters among the leaves, opening from February to April. Fruit is fleshy, but with a thin pulp, black, 1/2 inch long by 3/8 inch wide, egg shaped with a small tip, and persistent through winter. A handsome, evergreen, ornamental and large hedge plant in southeastern North America. The greatest use of Cherry laurel is for providing a nearly carefree, dark green visual screen. Birds love the dry fruit. Grows well in any well drained soil with a thick mulch layer.
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Humans Who Grow Food
Meet Meg Cowden from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States 🇺🇸
“Ever since I was a little girl, I gravitated to nature. I spent my summers freely roaming the woods, playing in creeks, catching and releasing creatures. When I’m with nature, I feel complete. So I naturally gravitated back to nature in my early 20s in college. Houseplants were my ‘gateway’ plant that quickly led to summer flowers and then into growing food.
Food gardening is the perfect pastime, combining the beauty of nature with the basic practicality: we all need to eat. And plant families are diverse and beautiful, creating a lush and edible landscape like no other. And there is a lifetime of exploration of plant diversity that keeps the act of growing food new and exciting with each passing season. The more we grow, the more excited and passionate we become as we find new varieties, learn about new challenges, and are showered with abundance and self-sufficiency.
We grow in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, US on an 1/8 acre garden (2.75 acre property) with approximately 2500 square feet of raised beds, plus an espalier fruit orchard, perennial berries, and a large asparagus patch. The size of our current food garden is the same square footage as our entire former property in south Minneapolis including our home.
We grow a diverse array of annual and perennial foods and flowers, last count it was over 140 varieties of flowers and food just in the food garden. We also have a large portion of our landscape in native planted prairies which provides excellent wildlife habitat. Apples, pears, plums, apricots, elderberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and asparagus are our main perennials, with other native edibles scattered about the property at large. Annual vegetables include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, ground cherries, lettuce, beets, peas, fennel, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, kale, mustard greens, leeks, onions, garlic, edamame, dried beans, snap beans, potatoes, carrots, radish, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, cucamelons, muskmelons, peanuts, ginger, dill, basil, and other herbs.
We are a no till garden. We did till initially to amend our native clay, but since then we only top dress with 1-2” of compost annually. It has been the best thing we’ve done. Weeds are minimal and the compost acts as both a mulch and nutrition, feeding the soil.
We source our seeds from many independent seed sources. We grow a mix of hybrid and heirloom/open pollinated varieties so our seed saving highly depends on the varieties we grow. Most of our brassicas are hybrids (excepting kale) while our beans are all open pollinated varieties, for example. We save and share what we can, and I started a local seed swap last winter in the Twin Cities which was a huge hit, and hope to continue it for many years to come.
The biggest hurdle is finding balance in the time of garden abundance in late summer, when the garden commands our attention, making the garden produce last as long as possible, and not running too ragged in the process. It’s a delicate tightrope walk, and every year I make small gains in living a more balanced life amid the harvest chaos.
The reward is daily, when we gather as a family to eat dinner together. For more than half the year, our dinners are filled with what we grew, even in late fall and winter. In fact, most of our daily dinners include at least one thing from our garden, in one form or another, even in late winter when it’s still snowing outside here. We are working to become more and more self-sufficient, and having such a large garden in which to play and work to become self-sufficient has been a blessing beyond our wildest dreams.
I am a local volunteer Master Gardener with my state university, and plan to become a Master Preserver next year to continue developing my homesteading education. As noted above, I am also involved in bringing our local community together for a seed swap in winter.
My motto is: Plant a garden. Feed your soul. At its most basic level, the garden will feed you. And I don’t just mean physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Food nourishes. Nature heals. Start with what’s right in front of you, and grow from there. Over 20 years ago, it was just a few buckets of tomatoes. As our passion grew, so did our life goals, and hence, our garden. Gardening is a lifelong companion, awaiting only your time and attention to love and generously feed you in surprising and wonderful ways.”
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White bat flower (Tacca integrifolia).
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GARZA Irrigation - started in 2000.
I am Antonio A. Garza. I started designing irrigation systems for the do it yourself-er craze in mid-1985 working sales at Yardbirds Plumbing & Electric Supply in Dallas.
Promotions and company growth required many of us to acquire licensure (Li3809) with the Texas Board of Irrigators. Later re-licensed (Li5963) under (TNRCC) Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, now (TCEQ) Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. A change of trade for a brief time over to motor controls for OMI Cranes & Monorails (Ord Mfg. Inc) in Dallas wiring overhead bridge running cranes lasted the remainder of my residence in Dallas.
I moved to San Antonio in early 1990s. Unable to find a sit-down job like motor controls, I re-licensed for Irrigation. Li5963 is my current Irrigation license. I am also a Tx Lic. Backflow Prevention Tester (BP-644). I also acquired a Customer Service Inspector License to better assist the wide variety of customers I service. I no longer do Customer Service Inspection due to personal reasons, this concern was passed on to the industry and the commission.
San Antonio has become home. My natural love for nature and the water issues we are faced with gave me the opportunity to exercise my profession and give something back to the environment, to our children’s future…
Please e-mail me any questions of concern, we are here for you.
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