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Texas Pure Soils
Plano, TX 75025
Bag & Bulk
Pickup and Delivery

Soil Building Systems
2101 Walnut Hill Ln,
Dallas, TX 75229

North Haven Garden Nursery
700 Northaven Rd,
Dallas, TX 75230
Stay for lunch at the nursery cafe!


Box Store bagged soil product:
Organic Soil Mender Products where available
Black Kow yellow bag Lowes
Purple Cow brand if you see it is GREAT
Dr. Earth soil products HD
Vermont Organics

Living Earth Soils


While Amazon is great, here are several family businesses that sell online. Most also have Amazon accounts.

Bootstrap Farmer
Small farm and market garden supplies
row cover, fabric clips, grow bags
Unique gardening supplies and kits

Durable GreenBed
Eco green material for raised bed gardens
we use this in commercial application rather that wood.

Urban Dirt has purchase from each of these companies often

True Leaf non GMO
Johnny’s Seeds huge selection
Kitazawa Seeds unusual and rare
Seed Savers Exchange Heirloom


Integrated Pest Management and Disease Control.
This is great video from Grow


Powdery Mildew

What to look for: Starts off with small white powdery looking dots on leaves and will continually worsen as time goes on. Will attach beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, peas, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes and more.

Cause: Damp, hot weather can cause powdery mildew but is not dependent on these factors.

Control: Planting varieties that are better resistant to powdery mildew is important when growing in areas that have had it in the past. Plant in full sun. May require fungicide treatment such as organic Neem oil sprays.


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What to look for: Curled and yellow leaves. Stunted growth. Blackening on foliage. Bugs are most often on the UNDERSIDE of the leaf.

Crops: All garden crops!!

Control: Spaying with water to knock off plant. Prune heavily infested foliage. Apply neem oil or horticultural soap. Must be added at time of infestation, Neem oil solutions are NOT preventative! Hand washing plant for consumption is adequate.

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Vine Borers

What to look for: Tiny brown seed like eggs at the base of the stem. They orange goo and holes or roted spaces near the base of the stem. Often the second suspect are pill bugs or rolly pollys. They also eat away at the stems and make the plant week and die.

Crops: Squash, cucumbers, eggplant and young starter plants.

Control: Small ring of Diatomaceous earth around the stem will help deter but it works when it is dry.
you have to cut out the borer bug with a knife .Cut lengthwise (NOT ACROSS) the infested part of the stem. Kill the bug or remove it and kill the bug. Use small amount of brown twine to loosely close gap and cover plant wound in soil.


Downey Mildew

What to look for: Blush tinge on upper part of leaves, maturing to small yellow spots on upper side with white fluffy growth underneath.

Cause: Occurs in cool temperatures and high humidity, this is common in our N. Texas gardens.

Control: Plant debris should be removed and burned. Space plants for good air circulation. Fast draining soil. Fungicides should be used under wet conditions for prevention.



Cabbage Looper

This is a 5 on the scale of 1 to 5 in destructiveness in N. Texas!

What to look for: Chewed or holes in leaves mainly between the veins. Watch for white fluttery butterfly landing on plants in Spring and Summer.

Crops: Mostly brassicas: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and mustards.

Control: Remove and discard. Use floating row covers from Apply Bacillus thuringensis. BT

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Blossom End Rot

What to look for: This is a very common occurrence on tomatoes and peppers and can affect zucchini or mellons. Fruits start to rot from bottom or side up.

Causes: Dry weather following wet spell. Insufficient calcium in soil, excessive watering. Also if soils that have been heavily cultivated they are more prone to nutrient depletion.

Control: Mulch with pine or leave mulch around plants about 2 inches from root base to even out moisture. Add very small amounts of Epsome salts to the soil and lightly water in. OK to compost.

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Other Pests in Your Garden

What to look for: Chews leaves and roots of plants.

Prevent infestation with light row cover, pick off by hand and lastly spay o contact with BT (Bacillus thuringiensis).
Diatomaceous Earth is a great organic method to use around the base of these plants. It only works when dry and must be reapplied after watering or rain.

BT is NOT preventative must be used directly on pest. Washes off after rain or watering.

Simple wash in kitchen is adequate for consumption.



Pollinators and predators of other crop destroying insects! KEEP them around and avoid using harsh chemicals or over the counter pesticides. Better to hand pick bad bug off then spay the how area and kill good bugs.

Lady Bugs
Assassin Bug
Honey Bee
Minute Pirate Bug
Parasitic Wasp
Predatory Wasp
Praying Mantis
Various Spiders

Herbs-Easiest Gardens Ever!

Herbs are among the easiest culinary plants to grow and tend. Planting a few herbs can give a new gardener quick success as well as advancement in their cultivation skills. Learning to care for herbs and using them in simple meals can boost the confidence of any gardener. Start with herb plants that appeal to your smell, taste and what you actually like to eat.

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Patio Container Gardening


Simple Herb gardens

Perennial herbs are plants that live more than one season. Common culinary herb are Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Mints and Thyme. These can be planted in individual patio pots (such as a galvanized tub)and used for many seasons.

Annual and tender perennial herbs that you can plant in a patio box and use in your kitchen seasonally are the following:

Parsley, Chives, Dill, Arugula, Fennel, Stevia, Lemon Balm, Cilantro, Basil.

All of these herbs are incredibly easy to incorporate into meals and smoothies. Parsley for instance has a very high nutrition value.

See here for plant nutrition information:

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Herb Gardens as Landscapes


Landscape with Herbs;

Advanced Herb Gardens

If you have the space, the right sun and the desire you can landscape with herbs. Having a larger selection of herbs allows for greater production. Now you have access to many more varieties as well as a unique sustainable landscape. Many herbs mature and flower then become great pollinator plants. Perennial herbs take on a more established role in your overall landscape and moving your space toward a permaculture design.


Herb Wheel Design


For landscapes with sizable space and adequate sun exposure. This is a project that requires good planning and design. For gardeners who have a strong desire to harvest a great deal of culinary herbs or to have a permeant landscape feature.


what to do with your harvest
Garden Maintenance

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Crafted drinks

Crafted drinks

craft cocktail

Download drink ideas

Edible flowers in your daily salad.

Edible flowers in your daily salad.

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Testing soil


Cover crops are an important cycle in the rotation of your garden. Check out the seasonal cover crop document here.

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