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 … Continue reading Please Don’t Rock Your Yard!
We had a nice long winter, down here in Texas, that had enough chill hours for my fruit trees. Unfortunately, our bee population this early 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 … Continue reading Be The Bee! How And When Hand Pollinating Makes Sense.
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. I am not affiliated … Continue reading Beginning Gardener: Class 4-Walking You Through What You Need To Know
All great and wonderful things should have another go! Here's my packing tape ghost from last year. I will definitely be making another this year (along with the spider egg sacks.) Happy Halloween! Oh, I had fun making this! I saw this "packing tape ghost" idea in a pin, but the instructions given seemed nearly … Continue reading Easy Packing Tape Ghost
Learning to garden takes time. It’s also helpful to have a seasoned gardener show you how to garden in your area. If you don’t have someone on hand: you now have me! I may not live where you do (and it makes a huge difference if you are growing in a different area) but I … Continue reading Beginning Gardener: Class 3-Walking You Through What You Need To Know
Learning to garden takes time. It's also helpful to have a seasoned gardener show you how to garden in your area. If you don't have someone on hand: you now have me! I may not live where you do (and it makes a huge difference if you are growing in a different area) but I … Continue reading Beginning Gardener: Class 2-Walking You Through What You Need To Know
Winter is on the way! It's time to brush up on your gardening skills and learn new gardening gifts! I am ready to share everything with you! 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 … Continue reading Beginner Gardeners: Walking You Through What You Need To Know
Oh, I had fun making this! She's now three 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 … Continue reading Easy Packing Tape Ghost
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 during loss and chaos. The one thing that has stayed constant … Continue reading Kohlrabi Ham Bake!
Winter is a wonderful time to read up on gardening literature. When your garden is fast asleep, it is the perfect time to make preparations for next year. Whether you are new to gardening or an old hand: this is the yearly time for reflection. What has worked for you? What have you struggled with? … Continue reading Winter: Garden Planning
It's hot out right now. Like: "melt into a puddle with whatever remaining liquid is left in your poor dehydrated body" hot out. San Antonio has a long growing season: 280 days. Our summers are included in the 280 days but I'm not sure that's very fair. I can get peppers, okra and eggplants through … Continue reading Come On, You Know You Want To! Recycled Glass Flowers In The Garden
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 … Continue reading Reaping The Rewards Of Spring Planning
One of the draws of raised beds (especially if you have heavy native clay soil) is the the great drainage it provides. However, the drainage in a raised bed can also become an issue in high summer heat. This is a great example of how some things are extremely helpful in one season (like drainage … Continue reading Efficient Summer Watering In A Raised Bed
Oh, I love my milk jugs! I start my seeds in them. I root cuttings in them. I short cut the hardening-off process with them. Yes! That's right you can now be lazy like me and get past the long and annoying process of getting plants into your garden. Hardening off plants is necessary but … Continue reading Short Cut Through The Hardening-Off Process
There is a lot going on in my garden this week: My peas are going crazy. My kohlrabi is looking good. My corn is happy. The peppers I started from seed are closing in on transplanting time. The only issue I am having are super-sized, extra giant grubs. These are not your June bug variety … Continue reading When Life Gives You Grubs, Serve Them Nematode 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 … Continue reading Ever Had Spiced Hibiscus Flower Tea?
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 … Continue reading Solution For Sore Shoulders: Microwavable Rice Sock
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 … Continue reading Simple, Inexpensive Vine Support