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June 2013 Allandale Neighbor On Its Way

June2013thumbnailSummer is well upon us, and the June issue focuses on getting through the hot summer.

Tom starts with a review of the latest in yard design, where some are rethinking landscaped yards due to the ongoing drought that has lingered in Central Texas. His article showcases different approaches around Allandale, one of which may work well for your yard too. Ginger Soule reminds us of the various types of watering and feeding that are most effective this time of year, for those of us still pushing through with traditional lawns, and Wizzie Brown addresses chiggers, one of the banes of any garden landscape. Cheryl addresses how to keep our pets contained and protected, whether at home, in yard, on leash, or in crate, during this high-travel period.

Green Efforts at Lamar Middle School

Have you wondered what’s “growing on” at Lamar Middle School?  If so, then take some time to visit Lamar’s edible gardens. The vegetable gardens are located near the intersection of Burnet Road and Romeria, near the Band Hall.  Currently, there are three fruit trees and 15 raised beds growing everything from A (for Asparagus) to Z (for Zucchini).

As you may know, the field surrounding Lamar’s track has plenty of sun to offer and also plenty of grass.  But who wants to eat Bermuda grass, so why not use the empty space to grow food?  In June of 2011, a group of parents and teachers installed the first four garden beds.  A parent initiative grant from Texas Action for Healthy Kids provided the “seed” money for this project.