garden

city plan, part 1: dry creek bed

city plan, part 1: dry creek bed

Last spring I was reading the flyer that came in our (gulp) utilities bill.  It mentioned an experimental plan offered by the city to pay us (pennies on the dollar!) to get rid of our lawn and plant a native landscape instead.  This was on the heels of the Year of Fire and Brimstone, so I thought […]

photo contest

photo contest

So, just for grins, I entered this pink grass photo in the “Picture This” contest for the blog Gardening Gone Wild. The theme this month is macro lighting.

chicken run

chicken run

I spent all winter thinking about my garden and how I would need to make a chicken run.  I mean, the chickens are great and everything, but I need to dig and make things grow.  So I had to devise a plan because, unfortunately, there is nothing I can download from the internet to tell […]

if you're not a gardening geek, look away

if you’re not a gardening geek, look away

So it has taken me a few years to realize something about gardening during the Texas summer: DON’T do it.  (Same goes for camping .)  Yes, I’ve been behaving as though I still live up north, I admit it. My big gardening project this year was to build up a bed along the south side […]

Austin folks: Bring the kids to this (free) show!

Austin folks: Bring the kids to this (free) show!

I got to see the dress rehearsal for “Jack and the Beanstalk”.  The kids were part of a test audience.  They were completely thrilled and (incredibly) sat still for 45 minutes, thanks to a fast pace and lots of audience participation. My good friend Nancy has put together this community theater and produced their first […]

tepee flower house

tepee flower house

This is the gardening project I’m the most excited about right now.  As you may recall, last year was the Sunflower House.  It didn’t work out as well as I would’ve liked due to shade, drought, high winds, whirling child-sized dervishes and a vicious weed-wacker.  But it was cheap and fun to try.  Still, every […]

herb garden

herb garden

Okay, Iet’s change focus from the ongoing destruction of my flower garden.  (SOB) I’ve had a working herb garden for a few years now.  But it needed help.  There was a mysterious plant that may or may not have been an herb.  I ripped it out.  The kids kept trying to eat the lantana.  So […]

Oh the humanity!

Oh the humanity!

We need the rain.  REALLY bad.  So I was thrilled that we got a bit yesterday and today.  Maybe 2 inches?  Yay garden! WRONG.  Turns out the gutters were a little stopped up (strange, since there are no trees in the back).  So a Niagra Falls dumped itself on my tiny seedlings.  Behold the carnage: […]

new "flower" garden

new “flower” garden

It helps to have a good mama friend who also loves gardening.  The spouses watch the kids while we dig in the dirt.  My mom is also a gardening geek and digs while babysitting.  So now I have a new bed on the southern wall of my house.  This year I’m planting flowers.  (Mostly perennials, […]

raised bed redesign

raised bed redesign

The old one was made of railroad ties.  Pros:  Cheap and easy to assemble.  Cons:  Treated with chemicals that were possibly leaching into the soil.  The boards warped, causing earth and water to pour out of the cracks.  The rebar holding it all together kept stabbing the kids. So it was worth it to buy […]