Author Archives: Regina

Hi. I’m Regina Fierke. Welcome to our garden. I have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Microbiology, but for now I’m just a mom and a gardener. I garden with my husband, our six-year-old daughter, her two older brothers (when they are forced to) two dogs, two cats, a bearded dragon and a small flock of chickens. I guess you could call us suburban homesteaders.

Recently, I have been asked by a lot of friends (and even some casual acquaintances) how I have made my garden, so I thought I would start this blog.

First off, I have to admit that I’m a lazy gardener. If there is a way to do something with less work (especially if it turns out to be environmentally beneficial) then that’s what I do. I’m also cheap. I prefer propagating and getting “pass-along plants” to spending a lot of money. I’ll share some of my cheapest and laziest tips and tricks as I go. And, of course, as an environmentalist, I try to go as organically as possible.

My second admission is that I don’t plan a whole lot and I don’t naturally have a green thumb. I don’t plant things that require meticulous and unending care. I’m constantly putting things in, moving them around or yanking them out. I have veggies and flowers (with a fair amount of weeds) all growing together. The garden is never “finished” but it is always a wonderful inspiration.

My third admission is that, even with as much as I garden, I have yet to make myself get out in the August heat to plant a fall garden. Fall is the very best season for gardens here in Texas, but it does take the dedication to brave the August heat and carve time away from back to school preparations to get it planted. Everything perks up in the fall and you usually don’t have the bug problems then that you have in the spring. I swear – this year will be the year.

Our garden has been the source of so many wonderful things to eat and make. We have grown our own sponges, giant platter sized sunflowers, birdhouse gourds and so much more. We have had so many wonderful birthday parties here including a garden tour party that featured a floral alphabet hunt and a cake decorated with flowers from our garden. We have built “sunflower houses” and taken a safari through our own backyard. We have also been certified as “Monarch Waystation number 741” by the organization Monarch Watch (

I hope you enjoy your visit.



Walking through my garden this morning… there is such a lot of work to be done!  It has been nearly a month since I have spent any real time there.  Life just gets in the way sometimes, but it seems to hit full on in August just when things really need to get done for […]


I can’t WAIT for school to start!

This is why I never get my garden planted in the fall.  Once they go to school, hopefully I will have time to myself to be able to get somethings done! — Weather When Posted –Temperature: 86°F;Humidity: 58%;Heat Index: 90°F;Wind Chill: 86°F;Pressure: 30.03 in.;


I love beets!

How cool is this? Beetroot juice ‘boosts stamina’ Nitrates seem to be the key ingredient in beetroot Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests. A University of Exeter team found nitrate contained in the vegetable leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake – […]


Gardens for the Elders

Last year was a very hard year with the loss of John’s father and his grandmother.  We just found this piece that our son had written after attending Mamo’s funeral.  He was kind enough to let me share it here. “I just got the call.  Mamo passed away.”  My brother and I looked up to […]


Blacktwig Heirloom Apple

My son love apples.  So in 2005 we got him an apple tree for his birthday. I know that it may seem like an odd gift to give an eleven year old boy, but it was actually very fun. It can take up to five years for an apple tree to start bearing and we […]


Here’s the Plan…

It’s time for fall planting and I have laid out the plan. Of course, being sick for the past week has already put me behind, but planting is not all that labor intensive and it’s still possible to catch up.  It’s pulling up all the old stuff and figuring out where to put everything that’s […]


A project almost complete…

We finally got our mulch!  And since the mulch is so hot, I really can’t put it out around plants quite yet.  BUT – I can put it out in the bed where I want to kill a lot of grass!! Now when I say hot, what I mean is literally HOT.  It is steaming.  […]


Grape Juice!

We made five gallons of grape juice this weekend!  I would love to think that I could put some up and save it, but who am I kidding?  Half of it is already gone! Grape juice is incredibly easy to make.  All you have to do is wash the grapes and add water just until […]


LEWISVILLE/FLOWER MOUND Blog | The Dallas Morning News

LEWISVILLE/FLOWER MOUND Blog | The Dallas Morning News. Minor-Porter Log House open for tours July 18 4:30 PM Fri, Jul 17, 2009 | Permalink Deborah Fleck/News Assistant Bio |  E-mail |  News tips If you have an interest in Denton County’s history, check out the Minor-Porter Log House in the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. […]


Is Congress killing the organic farm? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

Is Congress killing the organic farm? | MNN – Mother Nature Network. In response to the recent food recalls that caused peanut butter, tomatoes, spinach and pistachios to be swept off grocery store shelves, a handful of food-safety bills are now circulating through Congress. Two of them, the Food Safety Modernization Act and Food and […]