Our first paver added to the garden

After reading a few books, watching many videos, searching the net, and receiving a donation of broken tile from Clay Imports the first mosaic tile paver was completed. A personal experience All around it was fun but I didn’t realize the amount of time it took to finish one paver.  I needed adhesive to glue…

Cinder block raised bed

One of our next projects is to create our final raised bed at the rear of the garden.  The design was modeled in #sketchup to give us an exact count and better visual concept of the raised bed. The video below is short and sweet.  It’s giving you the location of the area only.  We…

Corn harvest

Corn was harvested from the garden a few days ago.  Squirrels  devoured the entire corn crop two years prior.  A decision was made to move away from wide spaces to a more controlled garden with walking paths.   The area where you see the corn in the picture below is now a natural raised bed. …

Mosaic Tiles DIY

Mosaic Tips, Techniques & Materials with Bonnie Fitzgerald & Kim Wozniak In the video above, Bonnie demonstrates  processes used to convert a plain ordinary paver into a beautiful work of art . Mosaic tiling is an old world art form.  Rather than going into the history of Mosaic tile,  why not  display some of the…

Redesigning dull pavers to bring out the beauty of our garden

There are many ways to enhance the look of a garden.  It usually starts with the garden design and landscaping before anything is planted.  I bet many of you haven’t thought about redesigning the pavers on the walking paths. The pavers direct the flow of the garden.   It’s that formal addition that brings a planned…

Garden postcards with harvest photos

Garden clubs can greatly benefit from a promo postcard like the one shown.  The photos are samples of the kind of fruit and vegetables that have  been harvested in the Mockingbird Garden.  Seeing is believing, and we hope that our friends will be encouraged to visit the garden and see what’s growing.  Don’t forget to…

Xeriscaping–The future home to a cactus, agave and succulent bed

Xeriscaping in the Mocking Bird Garden Xeriscaping greatly reduces the need for water or irrigation in landscaping.   In our case we had to completely rethink our plant selection to achieve this goal.  We are planning on adding cactus, agave and succulents to bed #47 above.  This will be our second cactus bed. Cactus and agave…

Yes, you can grow sweet potatoes

Who would have thought we could grow sweet potatoes in a community college urban garden?  Well, the deer thought it was a good idea also and eat all of the leaves.  Look what we found in the process of clearing the area.

The Walking Path Project

During the winter months the garden takes on a gloomy state–many trees lose their leaves, colors, and majestic appearance and some plants go into winter hibernation. The garden strives to be engaging and beautiful all season long while achieving our goals of being sustainable, nature friendly and welcoming to visitors. The Mockingbird Garden club is launching…

Papaya Trees

This article was published a few years ago (2016).  Sadly a hard freeze wiped out all of our papaya trees. At one time not a day went  by without someone asking “what are those trees over there?”  Austin isn’t exactly a tropical haven in zone 9.  Thanks to our relatively mild winter, these papayas were…