Ever Had Spiced Hibiscus Flower Tea?

One of my favorite plants to grow down here is hibiscus. It is truly a beautiful plant and the flowers are breathtaking. I am not the only one who appreciates hibiscus. We frequently have hummingbirds in the garden sipping hibiscus nectar. My favorite part about the plant though, is that it’s edible. Hibiscus is high…

Summer Fun In The Garden

In Texas we’re in what tends to be our miserable part of summer. Usually heat index in July is fluctuating between 101 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s normally just so nasty in the high heat part of the day. But this year has been very different. It’s only in the 80s. Perfect weather to enjoy…

Watering With Soaker Hoses

It’s summer and that means high temperatures and no rain for my part of Texas. Everything dries out. My hugelkulter beds still retain moisture but I do need to add water a couple of times a week to get peak health from my vegetables. One of my favorite ways to water my big hugelkulter beds…

Building The Perfect Raised Beds

I have two other beds, like these. I built them 8 and 7 years ago and I have been super happy with them. I used a keyhole and hugelkulter cross and they have done fantastic in the high heat (+100° Fahrenheit for weeks and no rain) of our south Texas summers. They measure about 6×13…

Moroccan Sweet Potato Fritters with Ras El Hanout Yogurt Sauce

This is my recipe for using up spring veggies before the heat of summer ends their season. I grew all the veggies except the sweet potatoes (which are not yet in season.) It has beets, beet greens, spring onions and sweet potatoes. I also made a yogurt sauce to top the fritters with. (Sauce ingredients,…

Fine Paints of Europe: Dutch Door Kit

I’m at it again! My mom came to visit me and it’s been crazy! We cut down two trees with a chainsaw. It was the above ground growth on an incense bush and a pomegranate, that died back during our horrible freeze. My 20 year old dishwasher suddenly died and we bought a new one…

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…

Spring Is The Time To Begin Backyard Foraging!

I love researching things that strike me as interesting. I’m creating a food forest in my backyard, so I want to know what parts of plants I can incorporate into my meals. Spring is a great time for edibles in the garden. I’m not talking fruit but instead: leaves, flowers and even pollen! I bought…

How to Write A Successful Blog

I have been writing my blog crazygreenthumbs.com for 8 years now. I have had some great experiences with it, and at this point, in June 2021, I’m at a total of approximately 209,000 views. I have been published in a monthly magazine, I have an e-book through Kindle (which is available on Amazon) and I…

Please Don’t Rock Your Yard!

While we were in Colorado there was a trend to rip out anything that was growing and replace it with a gravel landscape. Every time I saw someone ripping out their grass to do this: I wanted to throttle them. Here is why: rock is not low maintenance. I understand those who don’t garden are…

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…

Quick Mini Greenhouses From Milk Jugs

I love using milk jugs! My kids drink a lot of milk and we always have empty gallon milk containers. These are always useful in my garden! I use them to harden off transplants and in this blog entry: to keep tender plants (like tomatoes) outside, where they’re warm and have plenty of light, while…

Polar Vortex

Whooo hoo is it ever cold here! We’ve been down here for almost ten years and I’ve never seen it this cold, with this much snow and for this long! I grew up in Texas, but in Fort Worth, which is up in north Texas, near Oklahoma. Even then, we never got snow like this….

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…

Stone Age Bread

I love getting down to Paleolithic level ingredients. The more whole foods, and the fewer the ingredients: the better. So when I heard about a very basic, flour-free: egg, nut and seed based bread: I wanted to try it! It just looks delicious, and it didn’t disappoint! I wondered what the texture would be like….

Moka Pot or Aeropress

This isn’t even a fair fight if you ask me. My first experience with coffee was in France. I ordered “café au lait” like I knew what I was doing. And once, I even had two in a row. Not awesomely smart for an 17 year old who didn’t regularly consume caffeine. I think I…

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…

Traveling Through Hardship

We are traveling. We have also had some things to deal with this year that haven’t been fun. Right now, we are far away from home, in Colorado visiting our family… and my husband, who has been out here working for a couple of months. Unfortunately, we’re not entirely sure where this job is going….

Salmonettes

My grandmother was a wonderful cook. Like most women who had their children in the 1940’s she had a lot of experience in the kitchen. Cooking was a necessity, there were few options outside of an occasional night out for a birthday at the town’s restaurants. My dad’s family settled down in Kansas. My grandfather…

I Painted My Kitchen Cabinets And I Love Them!

I love my newly painted kitchen cabinets! But, whew! What a bunch of work! I have a large kitchen and I have a lot of experience painting… everything but cabinetry. My 71 year old mother (My mom is a badass, being 71 means nothing to her!) came down to help me. My husband calls me…