Author: Steven

About Steven

Steven lives in North Texas in the DFW are - zone8a for all the gardeners out there. When not contributing to Big Granite, Steven does his best to overcome the handicaps of his clay soil to produce a bountiful harvest of vegetables each year!

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza

Lasagna gardening is an effective – yet breathtakingly simple – method of improving the soil in your garden in preparation for planting. If you think of the basic method of preparing a lasagna dish for the oven, preparing a lasagna garden is basically the same thing. While the book ‘Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System…

No Dig Gardening

Big Granite: Gardening Tips and Tool Reviews

No dig gardening is a uniquely simple means of setting up your garden. When you opt for a no dig garden you avoid the headaches of digging in your existing soil – which can be very difficult if it rocky, or consists of heavy clay – and instead build up your own planting area above…

Cow Manure as a Soil Amendment

Cow Manure by Joi at

  No is it not at all attractive:) But Cow manure – or cow dung – makes a great soil additive, and can really enhance the fertility of your garden. While in its non-composted form it may not smell great, once properly composted it adds many valuable nutrients to your vegetable garden with minimal odor.…

Square Foot Gardening

Big Granite: Gardening Tips and Tool Reviews

For people who live in the city or on small suburban lots, finding space to garden can be very difficult. Thankfully, there are ways to make it work! When I moved to my townhouse in Plano Texas, I was dealing with a back yard that was maybe 6 feet by 12 feet. I wanted some…

My Upscale Square Foot Garden


As an accompanying post to my square foot gardening write up, I wanted to show you an example of how these gardens can be made to look very nice. In some parts of the United States there are organizations called Homeowners Associations. For those of you who are not familiar with HOA’s you just need…

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