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Monthly Archives: December, 2012

xericstyle is 1! A review…

Lets start at the beginning shall we…Here is the front of our home before we started anything with the exterior.  I was busy scrubbing and working on the interior.  Yes, imagine what that looked like.  It was bad…BAAAAAD!Here was the back of the house.  Note the rotten posts – if you leaned on them, they …

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How (not) to build a cedar stave and hog panel gate…

Step 1: Measure and plan it out.  Then measure again…and one last time for good luck.  You need to do a few gate width measurements especially, as if you have rough cedar posts you will be affixing the gate to, you have to measure the width several locations across the full length of the fence …

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It’s official – the chickens are legal!

I received our chicken permit today – it feels good to have everything aboveboard.  In San Antonio, you are allowed 3 hens without a permit, and if you want more you need to apply for an excess animal permit.  Print the form, send it in with your $25 check for the inspection fee, and wait…patiently.  …

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How to build a cedar post and hog panel fence…

I made a simple cedar post and hog panel fence so that our hens, A.K.A  the rakes with wings, have their own yard to free-range when they are unsupervised (otherwise mass destruction occurs)!  I think this would work well to fence in a veggie garden as well, and I just may do that too.  Lets …

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Chickens are rakes with wings…

oh yes they are ….mass destruction and garden chaos. I have not done a ton to the back yard yet, but I am working on it area by area.  Remember my side yard? Nasty side yard BEFORE.SIDE YARD AFTER! Ahhhhhh done – onto the next project. I like to use newspaper several layers thick under …

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Happy Chrismukkah!

May you all have a happy, loving, and healthy holiday season! -xericstyle

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Bees and Butterflies

Right now my front garden is swarming with bees and butterflies.  This puts such a big smile on my face – to see my kids enjoying it ….and to feel like thanks to my garden, my yard is ALIVE again.  It used to be hot and sterile…no life here, nothing for these beautiful creatures to …

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In all its purply glory…

I can’t have a front purple garden without an Opuntia santa-rita ‘Tubac‘, right?!  I was patient….and finally got one.  I am loving how the cooler it gets, the purpler it gets.  She is a beauty.  I am trying to decide…Hmmmmm….in a pot creating drama on this wall, or in the ground?????????????????//

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