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+ Hays Free Press October 5, 2011 NEIGHBORS Page 3C + 4- uring the upcoming fall season I predict that many leaves will sim- ply give up and fall from the trees in exhaustion, without turning any pretty colors. However, it's worth remem- bering that 2011 is an unusual, bone-dryyear (we hope!), and when planning your garden for the future, it is still a good policy to think of plants that bring with them a nice splash of fall color. A few suggestions: Texas ash (Fraxinus texen- sis) -This fast-growing tree is much better suited to our cen- tral Texas area than Arizona or fantex ash. It reaches a height of 40 feet with a width of 25 to 30 feet and lives far longer than the other ash varieties. It doesn't mind the heat, or al- kaline soils, while its water re- quirements are relatively low. And this time of year the Texas ash turns red, gold, purple and orange. It's quite a show. Gingko tree (Ginkko bilo- ba) -A fall beauty known also as the maidenhair tree. This long rived tree is known as a living fossil and dates back far into prehistoric times before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Gingko is well adapted to our soils and makes a nice street tree between curb and side- walk. It can grow to a height of 40 feet and turns a brilliant, K CHRIS incandescent gold before it drops its leaves. Gingko leaf extracts benefit the circula- tory system and it is used in the treatment of headaches, memory loss and depression. Its extracts represent a billion dollar industry worldwide. American Beantyberry (Callicarpa Americana) - This deciduous shrub grows 4 to 6 feet, blooms in the spring and summer and has beautiful purple berries in the fall. Its spring flowers are pale pink to lavender and its fall berries are borne on arching stems. Al- though poisonous to humans, its seeds are a favorite of birds. Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomito- ria) - This evergreen shrub or small tree occurs all over our area. Yaupon can grow to 12 to 15 feet and is happy in both sun and part shade. It blooms small white flowers in the spring and carries beautiful red berries through the winter months. This plant is also a favorite food source for birds. Mockingbirds go nuts over these berries! Possum Haw (Ilex vomi- toria deciduosa) - This is a deciduous form of yaupon holly that occurs through- out the region. It loads up with orange-to -red ber- ries for the winter months. There is a beautiful speci- men on Manchaca Road (northbound) just before Crockett High School, Pos- sum haw grows from 12 to 20 feet and can be found in full sun to part shade. Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii) - Here is another native with great fall color. It grows to 12 to 20 feet with a 15-foot spread. It blooms in the spring with white flowers and is a good source of nec- tar for wildlife, and a good source of seeds for birds. Unlike its east Texas cousin, this dogwood does well in our alkaline soil and drier conditions. COMPOST QUESTIOn: We have decided to try a compost pile and have no idea how to do this. Our hope is that we will be able to cut down on some of our garbage - A. Bridges You might want to start by making a bin out of fenc- ing material, wood and wire that is 3 to 4-feet tall and can be opened on one side for occasional stirring or turning over. Composting begins with a mix of organic matter, water and compost starter (natural bacteria and microbes) that can be pur- chased in local nurseries. A good recipe would be to start with a pile of grass and leaf trimmings from the yard and add a little water and starter. Let the pile sit for a few months and begin turning the compost mate- rial to allow air. Keeping the bin moist is essential. As the organic matter breaks down, you can begin adding chopped up kitchen scraps. Good things to add are grass trimmings, leaves and yard trimmings, coffee grounds, vegetable and fruit scraps. You should never add meats, oil and greases, and non-organic products such as plastic. Remember to turn the pile on a monthly basis. The more you turn, the faster the compost will be ready. Happy gardening every- one, and keep those ques- tions coming. If you have a question for Chris, send it to ia- Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme, 11726 Manehaca Road, Austin, TX 78748. W~2hen two county ps confronted owling mob of sheet-shrouded Klansmen on Oct. 1, 1921, no one gave a plug nickel for their THIS WEEK IN~ sheriff and deputy to pieces with their bare hands, the Klansmen let them leave un- touched. Was it an act of mercy or healthy respect for "Red" Burton's marksmanship? Bartee Haile welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions at or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX77549. Come on by ww~ for a vis# and follow Bartee on Facebook! COURTESY PHOTO Mobile gardening Columnist Renee Studebaker will present "A Moveable Feast of Greens" demonstrating ways in which to grow greens and lettuce in metal buckets. Bucket farming ensures that you can move your produce from outside to inside, sun to shade whenever the weather dictates. It's About Thyme Nursery, Manchaca, 2 p.m. Sunday. FARM E RS" 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 @ Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated chances of getting out of Lorena, Texas alive. In the year since rearing its hooded head in Houston, the second coming of the Ku Klux Klan had swept the Lone Star State like a wild- fire. Such slogans as "one hundred percent American- ism," "booze must and shall go" and "keep this a white man's country" attracted 100,000 Texans from all walks of life. Doctors, law- yers, bankers, merchants, preachers, policemen and other pillars of polite society joined the crusade. McLennan County Sheriff Bob Buchanan and Dep- uty Marvin "Red" Burton suspected the Klan's flag- waving rhetoric concealed a sinister agenda based upon vigilante violence. They had taken an oath to enforce the law and were not about to look the other way if masked neighbors broke it. Several citizens from Lorena met with the sheriff on the first day of 1921 to express concern over a KKK rally that night in their small settlement south of Waco. Klansmen planned to march through the black neigh- borhood, and the lawman's presence might be needed to keep the peace. Buchan- an consented to the request and asked his most trusted deputy to accompany him. The sheriff thought he had defused the powder keg in a heart-to-heart talk with Klan leaders earlier in the evening, but the parade still started right on sched- ule. Hundreds of marchers in white sheets and hoods carrying American flags and blazing crosses swarmed onto the highway and head- ed toward the tiny town. Angered by the defiant double-cross, Sheriff Buch- anan with Deputy Burton covering his back met the trick-or-treaters in the mid- dle of the road. He grabbed the nearest burning cross and threw it to the pave- ment. Ripping the hood from the head of a surprised stranger, he growled, "I don't know you, but if I ever see your face again I will." AWaco policeman in Klan costume sneaked up behind the sheriff and struck him on the head with a black- jack. Buchanan vanished in a sea of white as he col- lapsed on the pavement. Simultaneously half a dozen law-and-order advocates at- tacked the deputy. Seconds later the sound of gunfire suddenly silenced the screaming mob. Burton heard his boss cry out, "Red, they've shot me!" Someone had turned the sheriff's own pistol on him. Although bleeding badly from the chest and a leg, Buchanan fought back with his only remaining weapon - a four-inch pocketknife. The rioters gave him plenty of room after he fatally stabbed a Waco businessman and slashed several other assail- ants. Burton pulled a .38 auto- matic from his pants pocket and emptied the clip into the mob. His primary target was the Klansman who had shot the sheriff, and he dropped the would-be as- sassin in his tracks. As soon as the deputy exhausted his ammuni- tion, the Kluxers pounced on him like a pack of mad dogs. Burton unholstered his sidearm and jammed the business end of the Colt in the beer belly of a man he had known since childhood. "I love you like a daddy," declared the deputy, "but if I am not released I'm going to kill you." The frightened father figure implored his comrades to back off, and the county cop broke free. Burton caught sight of Bu- chanan, who had staggered to his feet, just as a Klans- man was drawing a bead on him. He saved the sheriff's life with two squeezes of the trigger and continued to fire at any threatening form in the darkness. Sensing the tide had turned, the Klan scat- tered like a covey of quail. Only after his adrenalin level returned to normal did Deputy Burton become aware of the bullet in his right thigh. He limped down the highway littered with KKK paraphernalia to the drugstore, where a sympa- thetic bystander had carried the wounded sheriff. Buchanan looked like he was not long for this world: A red river flowed from the hole in his chest, and he had trouble breathing. Bur- ton wanted to wait for an ambulance, but the sheriff feared the Klan would storm the store and finish them off before help could arrive. Egged on by a rabble- rousing ex-judge, the Klans- men had regrouped and were working themselves into a frenzy for a counterat- tack. Shouts of"Get a rope!" and "Let's hang them!" changed Burton's mind, and he had a car brought around to the side door of the drug- store. 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