Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I really enjoyed the event hosted last night by the RGISC and Scholars Caffe.  Mr. George Altgelt (pictured above) was a wealth of information.  His presentation on soil health left me knowing that I've got a long way to go before I can call myself a decent gardener.  Of course, he's been doing his thing for a long time.  Dirt is his business, literally.

The other presenter, John Kelley, featured local examples of xeric gardens with the help of a PowerPoint slide show.  He pointed out the fact that landscapes don't take into account the hot temperatures Laredo has to offer, and the possiblity of a prolonged drought.  One thing Mr. Kelley said that I found surprising is that there may be a local movement to ban the use of thirsty lawns, namely St. Augustine grass.  I know of at least one new subdivision that is making use of a more drought-tolerant sod.  So St. Aug. grass could soon be a thing of the past.  Good.

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