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 […]

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 […]

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safety

Bekah Daniel gardening edit

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I am so excited that spring is finally here!  In the last few weeks, my kids have been obsessed with playing outside and have spent several hours out each day.  We’re lucky to have a fenced-in backyard, so I can send them out and watch from the kitchen window.  They dig in the dirt, run, kick balls, and come up with lots of creative games. The shifting of the seasons means that it’s time to start thinking differently: local, fresh, […]

Freezing and Using Up an Abundance of Peppers

stuffed peppers

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer I don’t pretend to be a master gardener. In fact, my thumb is more black than green. But one vegetable that always seems to flourish in my garden is the pepper. And, despite my limited abilities, my family always ends up with an abundance of them! Thankfully, peppers freeze extremely well, and there are lots of great recipes that call for peppers that you can implement in your kitchen all year round. Health Benefits of Peppers Besides being fairly easy […]

It’s Not Too Late to Start a Garden

gutter_lettuce

Written by Diana, Contributing Writer By now, many people have their gardens well underway. Lettuces and spinach have been growing in abundance while plump roots of carrots and beets are being un-earthed. The rising heat is nudging us that Spring has passed and we’re just about to dip into Summer. With the changing seasons, many people may be wondering if it’s too late to start a garden. I’ve got great news.  There are many varieties of vegetables that you can still put into the garden […]

Fast and Frugal Snacks Straight From Your Garden

simple snap pea pasta salad

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer During the month-long Eat From Your Pantry & Freezer Challenge, some of us have an added advantage–our summer gardens. If you live in a warmer region like I do, you may already have some yummy produce ready to harvest. So if your pantry or freezer starts to look bare, why not just walk outside and grab a fast and frugal snack straight from your garden?! From the super easy veggies that require nothing more than picking, washing and (sometimes) cutting […]

Gardening with Herbs 101: Harvesting Your Herbs

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Our weather may not be showing signs of Autumn, but our plants and gardens are certainly indicating it is time for harvesting! If you have been consistently using your herbs throughout the summer, you may not feel you have many to preserve for the winter season (my catnip has been well-used this year, and I won’t be saving hardly any!).  However, you certainly don’t want to wait until the first freeze to start harvesting your herbs! You can begin […]

Small Batch Dehydrating for the Summer Bounty

beans-in-garden

There’s a woman who lives a few blocks down from me with this miraculous garden that seems to go from a freshly tilled plot to a wildly abundant gardener’s delight in about one month flat (my husband keeps telling me not to be jealous because she probably uses Miracle-Gro or something of the chemical-sort). She grows enough teepees full of green beans that I assume she must can and freeze then continually, and eat them weekly all winter and spring. I, on the other hand, […]