Growing and Using Fresh Mint

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photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer If you are someone who has always believed you’ve got a brown thumb, I’d encourage you to try your hand at growing fresh mint. Mint is a prolific grower and therefore it is hard to screw it up. Mint isn’t picky about sunlight. While it prefers a cool, moist spot in the yard, it will do fine in full sun. When picking out a mint to grow, all varieties do equally well. While I prefer the classic taste of […]

Spring Clean Your Garden Tools

Spring Clean Your Garden Tools

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Now that the days are starting to get longer and the air is starting to get warmer, I’m itching to get outside and garden. Since I live in Colorado, I still have several weeks before I can plant anything outside. However, now is a great time to spring clean all my garden tools. Then, when the time for planting finally arrives, I’ll be ready for the fun task of planting. Keeping garden tools clean will help them last longer. Clean […]

How to Plan Your Garden

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This post was originally published in March of 2011, but we’re sharing it today because it’s gardening season once again! Use these tips to plan your own garden and discover how fun and easy it can be to grow your own food! In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far… how to select seeds for better success, growing herbs, gardening based on where you live, square foot gardening. I know that the process of planning what and how […]

5 Easy Ways to Brighten up Your Home…with Plants!

Brighten up your home this winter, with plants!

By Jami Balmet, Contributing Writer In these rainy cold months of being stuck indoors all the time, I start to get in a slump. I get the winter blues and long for the days of bright flowers and sweet springtime sunshine. But until then, I’ve found that with just a few plants (and some intentional planning) I can drastically brighten up and improve my home and my mood! If you have never gardened before, then it can feel overwhelming and intimidating to start. As you begin […]

A Day in The Life of A Brand New Stay At Home Mama

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By Diana, Contributing Writer Hi! I’m Diana from My Humble Kitchen. I’m a brand new, full-time, stay-at-home mama. I’m just smitten to be able to write that, and I am looking forward to the day when I am able to shake someone’s hand and confidently tell them that my full-time career is home educating my children and serving my family. It was a long road traveled to get here. My husband and I worked on smashing our debt, living simply and, through it all, finding joy […]

Gardening Tips for Beginners: Resources to Help You Dive Into Gardening With Courage!

Gardening for total beginners

By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I am not a gardener. I feel that in order to gain that title, one must successfully keep a plant alive for more than a month. Ahem. It’s, uh, on my bucket list… If grocery stores all went away I’d probably starve to death. I am NOT a gardener. I stayed at my sister’s house while she was gone for six months and killed every one of her houseplants through either neglect or over-zealous watering. (I maintain that if the […]

Can’t Garden? Grow Herbs!

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By Diana, Contributing Writer A great kitchen garden begins with herbs. Fresh herbs add flavor and freshness to a dish – they add color and vibrance.  Fresh herbs can turn the ordinary into something spectacular – like this eggplant bechamel. Besides their wonderful flavoring to dishes, one of my favorite things about fresh herbs is how incredibly easy they are to grow at home.  Even if you’ve never started a garden before, or lack the space, growing herbs will make you feel like a master gardener! […]

Be Refreshed – Spring Gardening For the Soul

Be Refreshed

By Diana, Contributing Writer This post was intended to be all about spring gardening – spring vegetables that children love to grow, which vegetables will produce the most for your family, which types you can grow in containers, etc… However, my mind and thoughts are in other places. One of the things that I love about writing and being a part of the community at Keeper of the Home is that we’re real.  We’re wives, mothers, and daughters doing the best that we can to nourish […]