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in the weeds (Bruce Tate)

Member since: October 20, 2008


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Austin, Tx 78732
USDA hardiness zone 8B


Bruce Tate

Member since:

October 20, 2008

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Texas Coast Beach House

About me

I'm a gardener at heart, but instead of a square foot garden, I work in cyberspaces. I love wildflowers, wild rivers, waterfalls and tomatoes.

Current project

This summer, we built a garden to keep out deer. We made it out of PVC pipes and chicken wire. It's worked pretty well for us, but we're still learning. This fall, we'll expand the garden in time for some Winter planting.

Type of gardener

cyberspace (digthedirt)

Favorite garden activity


garden wall

I have deer but they don&#x27;t seem to be getting my flowers otherwise---I&#x27;d build a fence too. I know it&#x27;s been very hot for you this year and I&#x27;m so sorry. We had it last year and this summer is was cool and perfect(NC). Our tomatoes did badly though. I had a big old huge vine and about 10 tomatoes. They just didn&#x27;t want to ripen. <br/> <br/>So nice to meet you and I look forward to hearing from you again.
Flowergardengirl commented on 09/28/09
The deer get more intense with the heat and their hunger. When we're watering and everything else is brown, the deer are pretty tough to keep out.
in the weeds replied: on 09/28/09
Hi ITW, <br/> Thanks for the comment about the ferns. I am originally from near New Orleans and shot that picture when I was in the French Quarter a couple months back. It was my first time back since Katrina, although my family lives an hour southwest of the City, I had not ventured there. The French Quarter, uptown and downtown areas of New Orleans are immaculate and nicer than I have ever seen. The ancient live oaks that survived were only tickled by all the hurricane activity and look great. Mother Nature prevails. <br/> Near the Oasis, huh? I did the landscape design for the one estate atop Oasis Pass. It&#x27;s the one with the tall Medjool date palms at the peak of the hill -- with the eagle sculpture pond in the center. Give that property one more year and it is finally going to all come together. Talk about gardening in harsh conditions! The addition of so many walls on that property really helps to create calm microclimates within, and rarely a deer or other critter. <br/> Lunch sounds cool. <br/> <br/>
cajunbarry commented on 07/15/09
Hi Bruce, Yep I am in Austin. I live and garden just south of Lady Bird Lake. I am a landscape architect. It is quite a chore trying to keep plants alive (much less thriving) in this ridiculous heat and drought. Add the element of deer, and I am almost ready to give up ;-) <br/> What part of town are you located?
cajunbarry commented on 07/15/09
I finally posted some photos. <br/>
gardengirl commented on 07/14/09
No gallery photos yet. I keep meaning to post some of the veggies, but we are eating them too fast! <br/>
gardengirl commented on 06/20/09
Love the garden wall!! What are you planting this season? <br/>
chief cultivator commented on 06/05/09