Growing Pomegranates

I love growing exotic fruit. With some of them: I’m totally flying blind until I get to taste the first harvest, which can take years, and if I don’t like it I’ve wasted time and space on it. (I’m looking at you astringent persimmon: with the texture of snot and a taste like pumpkin after…

Silver Faceless Aliens

It’s Halloween time again! I’m trying something new this year! Silver Faceless Aliens! They are human height and shape and creep everyone out! I instantly had the idea after looking at this mask. So much fun! Like all of my projects: it’s super cheap and has a big impact. I’m making four. Here are the…

How To Get Your Kids To Finish Their Homemade School Lunches.

I make my kid’s school lunches, and I have made them for the last 9 years. It doesn’t matter what you send, though, if they don’t eat it. So! How do you make sure they eat what you send, so that their bodies are ready for daily exercise and learning? I have a few pointers…

Low Maintenance, Highly Productive, Annual, Summer Vegetables.

The things I grow in summer are things that I don’t have to baby. Today our “feel like” temperature was 103 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not interested in doing manual labor in that sort of heat (Although, I did. I was out in that heat for about an hour and a half yesterday weeding and pulling…

Simple, Inexpensive Vine Support

You can spend a lot on garden products like trellises: but you don’t have to. Trellising vining plants improves air circulation by getting them off of the ground and letting them grow vertically. Most vining plants suffer from powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that can quickly defoliate and kill your plants. I…

Mother’s Day Raised Hugelkultur Bed!

This is a great time of year to plan and build raised beds. This is how I built my raised beds and I have given them no supplemental watering in the last two years of San Antonio heat. I’ve had bumper crops with almost no input outside of planting and occasional weeding! This has been…

Planting In A Raised Bed: Getting Around Hardening Off

I live in Texas. Things get hot fast and our springs are usually very hot, windy and dry. Putting out transplants is tough. If you are using grow lights and have sprouted your seed indoors (or if you bought from a nursery that grew inside a greenhouse): your plants are not going to like immediate…

Painting Pavers To Look Like Books

I got a call the other day from a neighbor. “I have seven bricks, do you want them?” “Yes! Yes, I do!” I have plans for bricks, and free ones are the best kind! These plans were sparked by regularly spending hours on Pinterest (Can’t sleep? It’s Pinterest time!) and randomly remembering a few pins…

Are You Interested In Growing Elderberries?

Elderberry syrup (also called sambucus) is a fantastic home remedy for colds! The syrup is really tasty (if it’s done right) but it’s very expensive. The brand we have at the moment. We have a middle schooler and an elementary school student in our home. They both had their tonsils out last year because we…

Best Damn Rainbow Fruit Skewers And Dip Out There!

This Easter we went to our family’s low country shrimp boil in San Antonio. I love the food every year! This year though, was a bit different. I discovered last year that I can’t eat wheat. I’ve developed an allergy to it, and it’s pretty serious. I’m not gluten intolerant, either. I can eat other…

An Update On My Pear Tree Iron Implants

Last year our summer was baking hot: 100+ degrees for months and no rain. It was hard on my trees, especially my pear tree. My pear gets iron chlorosis (many fruit trees do) and also I had calcium deficiency in the fruit, causing corkey spots. For both of these to develop you need high ph…

Conquering Seed Packet Clutter

I have a confession: I am a messy gardener. I have been gardening for decades and I have been collecting seeds all along my journey. I have attempted to organize before. But invariably, half way through the season my carefully cataloged seed packets are a big honking mess. I have tried different ways to organize…

Solution For Sore Shoulders: Microwavable Rice Sock

I went to a fair that offered job advice, help with nutrition and health, free haircuts (by cosmetology students…that was interesting!), scalp massages and this: the microwavable rice sock. Oh, have I enjoyed making (and using) these! This is really a simple project and after being out in the yard raking, digging, weeding etc: I…

Please Don’t Rock Your Yard!

As an update to this post: spread mulch where you would have put rock. Read along about how taking permanent action against a short term problem, creates even more problems and stops permanent solutions. While we were in Colorado there was a trend to rip out anything that was growing and replace it with a…

Cleaning Alkaline Battery Compartments Using The Power Of pH

I have a bunch of recordable storybooks that my kid’s grandparents recorded for them. We knew my father-in-law was terminally ill, when we asked all of the grandparents to record themselves reading these books. We wanted my kids to have the opportunity to always hear their grandparent’s voices. It was a fantastic idea and I’m…

Silver Faceless Aliens

It’s Halloween time again! I’m trying something new this year! Silver Faceless Aliens! I instantly had the idea after looking at this mask. So much fun! Like all of my projects: it’s super cheap and has a big impact. I’m making four. Here are the supplies you’ll need: 59 inch silver cape. These are available…

How To Get Your Kids To Finish Their Homemade School Lunches.

I make my kid’s school lunches, and I have made them for the last 7 years. But, it doesn’t matter what you send, if they don’t eat it. So! How do you make sure they eat what you send, so that their bodies are ready for daily exercise and learning? I have a few pointers…

Please Don’t Rock Your Yard!

As an update to this post: spread mulch where you would have put rock. Read along about how taking permanent action against a short term problem, creates even more problems and stops permanent solutions. While we were in Colorado there was a trend to rip out anything that was growing and replace it with a…

Best Damn Rainbow Fruit Skewers And Dip Out There!

This Easter we went to our family’s low country shrimp boil in San Antonio. I love the food every year! This year though, was a bit different. I discovered last year that I can’t eat wheat. I’ve developed an allergy to it, and it’s pretty serious. I’m not gluten intolerant, either. I can eat other…