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…

The Greatest Green You’ve Never Eaten: Sweet Potato Leaves

I’m always looking for new ways to use my garden. After years of growing sweet potatoes I came across a recipe that called for the leaves. Sweet potato leaves are edible? Yes. Yes, they are. The sweet potatoes slips I got this year were supposed to be a bush variety. While they haven’t thrown vines…

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…

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…

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…

Melon Trellising

I usually grow my vining melons on a trellis. Trellising makes them easy to care for and the plants themselves are healthier. Getting melon vines off the ground keeps the powdery mildew under control and I can easily spray the leaves when the inevitable aphid explosion comes. Since I like to research things, and I’m…

Summer Fun In The Garden

In Texas we’re in our miserable part of summer. Our heat index is fluctuating between 101 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s nasty in the high heat part of the day. It’s also still in the high 80s at midnight and later. It’s too hot for a lot of things, (like tomatoes) so we’re getting through…

A How To: On Animals and Life

How to: Enjoy an indoor rabbit… Hahaha. No. He stinks, will live up to 9 years, digs up the carpet in the corners and kicks out rabbit poo all over the floor from his cage. Red uses his ninja training to kick poo out all over the floor when night falls. Rabbits, like most rodents,…

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…

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…

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…

So, I Made A Potato Tower

I have seen this idea around for a while and it seemed easy enough to do. I decided I’d try building one and I finished it in an hour or so. This is what I think of them: it’s a lot of work and not a good project for someone with a bad back. There…

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,…

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…

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…

Beginner Gardeners: Walking You Through What You Need To Know

Spring is on the way! It’s time to brush up on your gardening skills and learn new gardening ideas. This year I thought I’d get back to basics and start publishing pieces of my gardening advice from my page: Gardening Basics. For the novice gardener: read on and stay tuned! This is pretty much everything…