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6 days ago

Gardening Q&A: A case of mistaken identity - every plant not what it appears - Virginian-Pilot

Plant Science 101

Sago palm? Spanish moss? Ground pine? Youve probably heard these names and perhaps know these plants.

What, if anything, do they have in common?

Aside from the fact that they all look a little bit like their names, not very much. The one thing that they do have in common is that they are not really what their names describe. Is sago palm a palm, Spanish moss a moss or ground pine a pine? The answer is no to all.

Palms are angiosperm monocots. The sago palm is a cycad, one of the four divisions of the gymnosperms. To the untrained eye, it may resemble a palm, but it bears no flowers and it produces male and female cones like a pine tree, except t

3 months ago

Looking for a type of gardening bench for DH - can someone help me?

I don't know what this is called and I will try to explain it the best I can.

I saw what I wanted exactly in a catalog and before I got around to ordering it, I must have tossed it! Shoot!

It was exaactly what I wanted for him. It was on sale for like $30. It was a metal seat type thing to sit and do gardening chores and had a padded seat on it. You could fold it down somehow so that it turned into a kneeler.

DH has a lot of health issues and has a hard time bending down so much but something like this would really help him.

Does anyone know where I could order something like this and for not a huge price?

I know it might be more difficult to find now as it is not really peak gardening time but I thought I might buy it for one of his Christmas presents and he could have it ready for next spring!

I would so appreciate any help you could give! Thanks!

"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steve Martin

6 months ago

Home Repairs Continue One Year After Memorial Floods - TWC News

TAYLOR -- Its been a long road to recovery for dozens of homeowners in Taylor.

450 homes in Williamson County were damaged during the Memorial Floods in 2015. 280 of those homes were in Taylor.

The Williamson County Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) is asking for the communitys help in getting repairs done on the 25 homes in that still need work.

They estimate needing about $385,000 to get that repair work completed.

Five homes must be rebuilt from the ground up, and several other homes need extensive repairs.

The Williamson County LTRC is accepting donations to meet that fundraising goal.

You can text FLOODS to 91999 or go online at unitedway-wc.org.

You can also send donations to United Way of Williamson County Flood Recovery Fund, PO Box 708, Round Rock, TX 78680.

100% of donations will be used to assist the rebuilding efforts in Williamson County.

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8 months ago

Local Homeowner Receives a Helping Hand with Home Repairs - San Angelo LIVE!

Several years ago, San Angelo resident Dorothy Taylorhad to retire from her maintenance job due to health reasons. She said, "It got to where I could barely carry my oxygen bottle just to breathe." With only her husband's income, home repairs went undone due to lack of finances. She said she had "put in an application for assistance with Christians in Action about 5 years ago, as their 60-year-old house needed many repairs." Taylorsaid she kept praying for help, and, when she lost her husband a couple of years ago, she "wasn't quite sure what to do."

Taylor said her bathroom was unusable. There were several weak spaces in her floor, and she was just overwhelmed. Not long ago, she said, "When I finally received a letter from Helping Hands notifying me I had been approved for help, the first thing that went through my mind was, 'Thank you Jesus!'"

Helping Hands is a non-profit organization that has taken over Christmas in April and Rebuilding Together in San Angelo. Binnie Dierschke, of Dierschke and Dierschke Real Estate, said their agency is hosting Taylor's recently approved renovation, and is thankful for the many volunteers involved.

Teri Covert, the project coordinator over seeing the renovations, referred to HH as "a great non-profit agency that does wonderful things for elderly and disabled homeowners in the community that can't take care of their own houses." Saturday, as Mrs. Taylorsat watching the workers, she said, "I wasn't expecting anything other than help with the bathroom." She added that she was so excited they were there painting the exterior as well.

Covert added, "Through the Helping Hands program, many clients will be able to stay in their homes for many more years than they would have gotten to before. We've had to tear out most of the bathroom, all the way down to the foundation, and now we're rebuilding it. We did the demo yesterday, are rebuilding today and the bathroom should be useable by tomorrow."

Taylorsaid she was "overjoyed" when she was told she will have a walk-in shower, new vanity and a tall toilet.

"There is some termite damage, and we would love to see a volunteer termite company come out and spray for her as that would be really helpful," said Covert. "We have a lot of great people at Dierschke and Dierschke who have experience doing home remodels; and then there are people like me who have little experience, but we all work together to get the job done.

Along with the D & D team, Covert added, "Helping Hands has many volunteer teams including people from ASU and the military and are always welcoming assistance from anyone who is willing."

Covert attributed the success of this project to the combined efforts of D & D, volunteers, Helping Hands, City Lumber, Mary Herbert, and Galilee Community Development.

"We do what we can, and I know it will make a huge difference in Mrs. Taylor's life.

Volunteers, monetary donations and materials are always appreciated as this is only one of 30 homes these volunteers are currently working to rebuild. For more information, please contact Mary Herbert at Galilee Community Development (325) 655-6700, or http://www.galileecdc.org/. Also check out Helping Hands San Angelo on Facebook.

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