Reaping The Rewards Of Spring Planning

This month is heavy on the picking and light on the work. Why? Because I worked hard in the spring to create this exact scenario. Water-wise, deep beds have yielded incredible amounts of produce. See how we built them here: Hugelkultur, Keyhole Gardens: Bridging Ideas and here: Mother’s Day Raised Hugelkultur Bed! Instructions for creating…

My Favorite Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbirds are a joy to watch! I have plenty of flowers planted to feed them from last frost to first frost. But even with the plethora of flowers I grow, they still frequent my feeders. I live in Texas. It gets blazing hot down here in the summer and some days it doesn’t cool off…

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…

Curing An Extra Itchy Case Of The Gardening Stupids

I would bet that most gardeners have a list of a few things that they do, out of habit, that are counterproductive. For me it’s gardening without gloves or long sleeves. I almost never wear gloves or long sleeves. I love to work the soil with my hands, I weed bare handed and I harvest…

Saving The Harvest

Spring is full of heavy lifting, digging holes and amending soil. I usually build or renew my beds in spring and then switch on and off between: planting/watering and harvesting the first spring veggies. It’s usually beautiful outside and I enjoy the time I’m out there. I end up in a meditative state. I can…

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…

Melted Perler Bead and Pony Bead Craft Projects

Every once in a while I end up on Pinterest. I try not to do it often, because it’s like going to an all you can eat buffet: I think I can eat (or do) way more than reality will allow me to. On one of my visits to Pinterest I saw some melted pony…

How I Restored My Antique Iron: Two Methods

Both of my grandmother’s had cast iron collections. These were things they either purchased in Kansas or are my family’s heirlooms. My family on a road trip to Washington DC. My granny on my mom’s side married a jerk, (to say it mildly) after my grandpa died. He made her get rid of her antiques,…

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…

Cooking With Lettuce?!?! Yes! And It’s Delicious!!!

This soup makes use of spring garden ingredients: peas, lettuce, spring onions and tarragon. If you have ever grown peas you know shelling peas is a pain. It’s a whole lot of work for very little reward. Apparently, I am not learning my lesson from the previous experiences, because I rush out and plant them…

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…

Beginning Gardener: Class 4-Walking You Through What You Need To Know

This is the fourth and final installment of my beginner gardening tutorial. For this class I decided to list some of my favorite books and growing aides. The book list is by no means exhaustive but I have some that have truly helped me form the backbone of my gardening approach. These products have definitely…