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Hays Free Press u May 12, 2010 NEIGHBORS Page 3C Ten gardening activities for May Plant flowers:This is a perfect time for O flowering annuals and perennials. Begonias, zin- nias, marigolds, moss-roses, purslanes and vinca are all good choices: Perennials might include lantanas, salvias and verbenas. 2. Vegetable garden care: Water thoroughly to encour- age a deep, drought-tolerant root system, especially with the prospect of a 2010 'mini- drought' on the horizon. Stitl time to add a few warm season crops: sweet and hot peppers, green beans, okra, eggplant and black-eyed peas. Fertilize tomatoes. 3. Mulch: Place around all plants to conserve water and keep the temperature around the plant roots comfortable. Mixing mulch will help re ents as the plants I 4.Care of roses: spring flowering p courage a new flue Apply fertilizer to ] flowers. Watch for mildew, black spo flower thrip. Treat, sprays: Neem oil sulphur. 5. Move housep side: Put them out breather. Move the 9ost with the 9lace nutri- OW. Dead-head )ses to en- ,h of flowers. }roduce new powdery and westem vith organic ld wettable- ants out- for a spring m slowly towards their new light expo- sure. Too much sun too fast will burn the leaves. This is also a good time for transplanting. 6. Insect control: All this new spring growth is attractive to every kind of critter imagin- able. Be nice to the environ- merit (and to yourself) and only use organic sprays. If you have larvae (caterpillars) eating holes in your plants and trees, look for products that have B.T. as the main ingredient. If suck- hag insects like aphids, spider mites, whitefl scale and mealy bug are the problem, use Neem oil or Spin0sad. 7. Maintain h-rigafiom If you own an automatic sprinkler system, it would save water and money to have it tuned up. Set the controller for deep, in- frequent watering to encourage a deep, drought-resistant root system. Install rain sensor. 8. Fertilize lawn: Use an organic blend with a 3-1-2 ratio. Ten pounds per 1,000 square feet of turf area should be adequate. 9. Feed the birds: With lots of newbirds in the area, keep those feeders full. 10. Grow basil: The top herb for the summer months is basil. With the nights getting warmer, this wonderful herb should finally have the temper- atures it needs to take off. ff you have a question for Chris, send it via email to Or  ! mail a postcard to It's About Thymel 1726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www. itsaboutthyme, corn FARMER00 Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO HOME LIFE BOAT HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames @ austin Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated Giant chunk housands of Texans showed up in Austin on May 16, 1888 for the grand opening of the new state capitol paid for with three million acres of West Texas real estate. Billowing smoke and the crtckling of a raging inferno interrupted Austinites' lunch on Nov. 9, 1881. Frantic cries of "The capitol is burning?" alerted everybody to the disaster, but breathless diners arrived too late to save the historic landmark. Flames quickly engulfed the building and in a matter of minutes caused the roof to collapse. By dark the capitol was a smoldering skeleton with only scorched walls still standing. The blaze was blamed on a careless maintenance worker, who placed a red-hot stove- pipe against the plank and paper walls of a storage room. Once the sides of the cramped cubicle ignited, stacks of old books provided plenty of kindling. The conflagration con-" sumed rare documents and treasured relics. The complete records of the state supreme court were lost as well as prized portraits of immortal Texans and archives dating back to the proud past of Lone Star independence. Construction of a temporary =apitol began immediately tt the present intersection of =ongress Avenue and 11th treet. Ready for business in 14 nonths, the modest substitute ;heltered officials until the ompletion of the permanent eplacement. Ironically the forgot- en temporary capitol also lumed to the ground around te turn o.f the century. Prior to the 1881 catastro- ,he, Texans regularly enter- ained ambitious plans for new and improved state apitol. As early as November B75, a proposal was ap- roved to finance the expen- ve enterprise by selling off a uge chunk of West Texas. The State of Texas held title 61 million undistributed :res, mainly in the sparsly ttled western region, in ad- tion to 20 million set aside r educational purposes. ith a combined holding of million acres, nearly half the original Republic's total ad mass, the public eagerly ught the idea of swapping fiddling three million for a st-class government head- tarters. It's rhymetl WEEK IN as Although future erations would scheme as a short-, ighted giveaway, Texans al the time thought it was a he, :k of a bargain. Appraised at 50 cents an acre, the Panhar.dle parcel was worth only arr illion and half dollars on he open market. In exchange for  hat was generally consi iered wasteland, Texas re :eived a capitol that cost a sl aggering $3,750,000 and was the envy of the nation. In spite of coast-t )-coast publicity, just two bl tilders submitted bids. The win- ner was an Illinois c, retrac- tor, who turned a fal 9rofit by selling out to a CI ucago syndicate. , The pleased propJ !ietors of the XIT Ranch, the largest cattle spread in all ot Texas, were a dry-goods m rchant, his congressman brc thor, another politician ar d the man who raised Chi :ago from the ashes of the Win !Y City's famous fire. But the ! lory of the Panhandle rat :h was short-lived. By 1900 , erious financial setbacks fol cod the systematic sale of siz; lble sections, and what w s left of the XIT ceased breed ng beef in 1912. Although ground v broken in February 11 82, construction of the c, pitol was postponed for a ) ear. Problems aplenty plai,,ued the project and occas onally halted progress for m nths at a stretch. Two years into the e deavor, the superinte rejected as inferior th sample of limestone fi local quarry. After a fe exposure to the eleme argued, unsightly stre certain to appear. The suggestion thal grade of limestone cot obtained in Indiana ra Texan hackles. Adorn t Lone Star capitol with western mineral? New Construction stayed standstill under the su mer of 1885. Away out the impasse came fron generous owners of Gr Mountain outside Mar' Falls, who donated the: n- tdent initial om a years nts, he tks were a better ld be ised he a mid- r! ata n- of the mite )le Texas cost of new capitol rock free of charge. Fifteen thousand carloads of the red granite were required for the building's beautiful exterior. The terms of the contract stipulated the state would sup- ply convict labor, a practice in tune with the Texas tradition that inmates should earn their keep. In protest of this "un- fair competition," the granite cutters staged a boycott and stonecutters brought in from Scotland finished the job. A gala parade preceded the dedication ceremony in May 11388. State senator Temple Houston, the colorful 27-year- old son of the San Jacinto hero, eloquently accepted the magnificent edifice on behalf of his fellow Texans. Touring the imposing structure, citizens were awed by its sheer immensity. The seemingly limitless inte- rior contained 392 rooms, 18 vaults and 404 doors with natural light provided by 924 windows. The architectural achieve- ment was proudly described as "second in size only to the National Capitol at Washing- ton, D.C. and larger and finer than the German Reichstag or English Parliament build- ings." After all, the people of the greatest state in the Union would settle for nothing less than the biggest and the best. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and sug- gestions at or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. And come on by www. for a visit! 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