Fire Cider: Immunity Booster

With the Corona virus on the loose and a lot of us out here wondering what that will mean to us personally: What can you do to keep busy, and possibly, create something that could help at home?I have been aware of this virus since it emerged. I’ve kept up on the subject as best…

Watering With Soaker Hoses

Last night we had one of only a handful of freezes for the year. February is our spring down here in Southern Texas. It’s time to put my corn in (we have two seasons for sweetcorn down here!) and I seeded the other bed with spring veggies about a week ago. One of my favorite…

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…

Decadent Herbal Cold Remedy: Turmeric Milk

Update: It’s now 7 years after I wrote this article and all of the pieces I’ve included in this post are things I’m still using! It works! I’m sick. This has been a bad year for colds in our home. My youngest boy started school and he loves to germ up while he’s there and…

For My Fun Neighbors

I have a next door neighbor that I absolutely love! I used to watch her daughter after school and she has driven me to and from the hospital or driven one of my kids home when they got sick at school and we weren’t able to be reached. She’s super cool. But more importantly she’s…

Drool Worthy Gingerbread Cookies From A Molasses Cookie Mix

I tend to write posts for problems I come across that I can’t find an answer to out there…anywhere! This year I wanted to make gingerbread cookies for my kid’s teachers. I knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish (a yummy gingerbread cookie dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes.) It sounded…

A love letter to my boys

During the holiday season I reflect on the things I am grateful for. At the top of the list is my family, and more specifically: my two young sons. The following article is my love letter to my boys. From the beginning through the end of every day, they are always in my thoughts. I…

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…

Kohlrabi Ham Bake!

Here is a great idea for fall gardens! Kohlrabi is awesome! This year has started off with a whole mess load of stress. We have had to gratefully step through doors (so that we could close them) while trying to remain open to new adventures. It’s been rough, but gratitude is an incredibly stabilizing force…

Easy Packing Tape Ghost

Oh, I had fun making this! She’s now four years old. It has been one of my favorite projects. I have a huge display this year and she still holds her own, even with our 12 foot ghost and witch circle (you can get those instructions here)! I saw this “packing tape ghost” idea in…

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…

Garden Huckleberry: A Completely Nutty Science Experiment!!!

Garden huckleberry: Every serious fruit gardener should grow this at least once. Everyone who loves a good science experiment should cook with it at least once!!! What am I talking about? Well, this is a crazy plant. It is a nightshade (as are: tomatoes, potatoes, tomatillo, eggplants, peppers and maybe, most famously belladonna, aka deadly…

Shrub-A-Dub-Dub What To Do With Imperfect Fruit

While we had plenty of rain this year for my vegetables it was a poor year for fruit. We got so much rain this year that the peaches all aborted and the limbs oozed sap trying to find a way to compensate for the deluge. My persimmon also dropped most of its fruit in response…

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…

Be The Bee! How And When Hand Pollinating Makes Sense.

We had a nice long winter, down here in Texas, that had enough chill hours for my fruit trees. Unfortunately, our bee population in the spring is pretty sparse. I had some hardships that made it impossible to get out and pollinate my pear tree. After I watched all of the small fruit abort I…

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,…

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…

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…

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…