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Amy and Andy Tix stand next to the rain garden they installed in 2010. Although dormant now, drought-resistant plants line the top edges where plants will get little water, while in the center where water pools, moisture-loving plants thrive. (Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx)

Cultivating your blue thumb

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Installing a rain garden hadn't been a priority for Hastings residents Andy and Amy Tix. In fact, they'd never really considered putting one in their yard until a friend of theirs, Mike Isensee of the Dakota County Soil and Water Conversation District, suggested they consider one in their landscaping project.


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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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