The divas of the dirt

Hello from The Divas of the Dirt, a group of Austin women who garden with and for each other in the heart of Central Texas.

Our current adventures appear at this Divas of the Dirt blog. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe without cream cheese Stories and photos going back to 2001 are archived at our Archive Blog .

Recipes appear at our Cooking With The Divas of the Dirt Blog.


can still get some gardening done if the showers are brief and intermittent.

That’s what happened last April when Diva Annie had her turn as hostess on a

and hostess Annie sat down for breakfast at this pretty table. Best cinnamon bun filling recipe Crystal cups

holding tiny pots of succulents paraded down the center surrounded by lovely

Soon more of the Arizona Ash was pruned away from the top of the fence. Easy cinnamon roll filling recipe We

snipped a little at the Vitex/Chaste Tree but could see that it had expanded

beyond the scope of our tools – taming that tree called for a chain saw. Cinnamon bread recipe without yeast The loppers

worked well to remove dead wood from the interiors of the Almond Verbena and

bluebonnets. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast Usually Glinda has to buy new small plants of Million

Bells/Callibrachoa for her baskets in spring, but in 2016 the mild weather

meant plants from the previous year were large and in full bloom by April.

not rush outside. Sweet roll dough recipe for bread machine The back yard is always warmer than the front, so instead of

heading to work in the front, we first strolled the back. The best cinnamon bun recipe ever The winter had been

incredibly mild and the garden was full of buds, blooms and new leaves.

This post, 2016-FEBRUARY MATTIE’S GARDEN DAY, was written by Annie in Austin/Diva Glinda for the Divas of the Dirt blog

Remember Mattie’s experimental Keyhole Garden back in March, 2015?

The frame wasn’t very full when we left, but Mattie added cardboard, paper and compostables, a top layer of soil and then she planted herbs and vegetables. Easy cinnamon roll recipe no yeast The garden produced herbs and an occasional vegetable all through the mild winter – a real success!

But from observing sun and shade patterns for a year, Mattie realized the Keyhole Garden was not placed as well as she wanted it – there was a better spot less than 25-ft from the original location. Cinnamon roll dough recipe for bread machine Mattie was glad to have her turn as hostess in February; she hoped we could move and refill the Keyhole for our first garden project of 2016. Cinnamon roll frosting cream cheese I admit wondering whether we could do this – even had a weird dream about it!

When I pulled up at Mattie’s house I found Diva Annie (First, as usual!), Karla and Mattie. Mini cinnamon rolls no yeast We took a look at the garden.

Sophia arrived a few minutes later and then Buffy practically floated in… she’d had a really fun birthday with many friends and the euphoria had not yet worn off. Cinnamon bun recipe bread maker Sugar was out-of-town and Mindy would be a little late, so we’d start with six for breakfast. Cinnamon roll recipe bread machine Mattie snapped a photo.

Mattie put together a wonderful berry bowl with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and pomegranate seeds. Cinnamon roll recipe bread machine dough She also gave us a choice of gluten-free muffins… some lemon and some blueberry.

Any worries about the difficulty of moving the frame disappeared as soon as the Divas grabbed the rail – the contents had decomposed to the point that it was the work of a few minutes to lift and reset the frame.

Then the real work began… Mattie had been saving cardboard for years! Mindy and Karla began dragging the enormous stacks of boxes and cardboard from the garage to the back yard so they could be torn and cut in into smaller chunks to fill the relocated keyhole. Cinnamon roll recipe from scratch no yeast This photo shows approximately ? of the total cardboard.

Annie and I sat and ripped and cut cardboard. Swedish cinnamon buns recipe uk Sophia raked leaves from all over the back yard to go into the keyhole. Easy homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch without yeast (Sophia also snapped this photo) Buffy sawed logs and boughs and heavy cardboard packing supports. Cinnamon roll glaze no cream cheese Karla transported cardboard. Cinnamon roll icing recipe easy Mattie was all over the place, directing and working.

Mellowed by the delicious food, we talked about movies and television shows, Sophia’s joining a service organization, family problems, health problems, the sudden closing of the local Luby’s restaurant, fun places where Karla’s singer-songwriter partner had been performing, visits to wineries, and events strange, tragic, distressing or funny in the big world.

Then we went back out and began shoveling up what was left on the ground after the keyhole moved – dirt, logs, partially composed materials –

And the replanted Keyhole Garden was ready for the new growing season.

The Divas of the Dirt said their goodbyes and headed home after 6 pm, all feeling pretty satisfied that our first project of 2016 had been a successful one!

This post, 2016-FEBRUARY MATTIE’S GARDEN DAY, was written by Annie in Austin/Diva Glinda for the Divas of the Dirt blog

More than a dozen years ago, a few Austin women used their artistic and horticultural talents, muscle power, assorted garden tools and legendary Texan shopping skills to form a cooperative gardening group, with each friend getting one turn as hostess each year. Easy cinnamon roll recipe with cream cheese frosting Some of our meetings have resulted in dramatic garden transformations; other times the focus is help with garden maintenance.

We’ve all benefited from the friendships forged through sharing hard work, horticultural knowledge, brilliant inspirations, food & laughter. Cinnamon roll icing recipe with powdered sugar The Divas have no agenda except to help each other; no laws, just simple guidelines based in courtesy and fairness; no aim but to have fun while we work together. Cinnamon roll topping recipe Let us convince you to get out and garden with your friends!

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