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Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Gardenby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget,... Read More

10 Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Gardenby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer Being in my garden is one of my favorite things to do. I love the smell of fresh dirt and feeling the mist from the water hose as I spray my vegetables on a hot... Read More

Edible Landscaping: A Great Alternative to Traditional Landscapingby  

By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer I don't dream of owning my own land. The very thought of tilling, sowing, and managing a large plot of land makes me hyperventilate. Throw in the idea of milking cows and herding pigs,... Read More

Growing and Using Fresh Mintby  

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... Read More

Spring Clean Your Garden Toolsby  

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... Read More

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

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... Read More

Can’t Garden? Grow Herbs!by  

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... Read More

5 Spring Super Foods and Spring Sun Safetyby  

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... Read More

Teach Your Child to Love Vegetables: Gardening with Childrenby  

By Diana, Contributing Writer I'm always so excited to share a bit about my passions here at Keeper of the Home.  Recently, I've enjoyed sharing a couple of posts on budgeting in real food and cooking with seasonal vegetables that both... Read More

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?by  

About 5 years ago, I first stumbled upon the "homegrown revolution" and the idea that it was not only possible, but liberating to be able to grow one's own food. From that first spark, my backyard gardening attempts have continually... Read More

Having Vegetables When You Can’t Grow Your Ownby  

Written by Stacy Myers, Guest Writer I’m a country girl, born and raised on a farm in Virginia. My parents are excellent at growing a garden. I never remember a summer without having something to preserve, even if it was... Read More

It’s Not Too Late to Start a Gardenby  

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... Read More

September at Our Homeby  

I can hardly believe that fall is upon us already, but the beautiful crimson leaves outside my window attest to the fact that it's true. I am always sad to see the summer go, especially since we had such a... Read More

Gardening with Herbs 101: Preserving Your Herbsby  

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer Last time we talked about how to harvest your herbs - now that you've harvested them, what are you going to do with them? Here are my favorite ways to preserve herbs for out-of-season... Read More

Gardening with Herbs 101: Harvesting Your Herbsby  

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... Read More

The State of My Garden So Far (Challenges, Mistakes, Pests and All)by  

Challenges or not, I couldn't give up gardening if I tried. Watching my plants grow, from a tiny seed into delicious food is just so rewarding (like this brand new broccoli head above, which we'll be eating in a another... Read More

Simple Summer Herbs: Refreshing Infusionsby  

By Meg Dickey, contributing writer Behold the flowers that deck the field, The gentle breeze perfuming And tender herbs their fragrance yield Are health and life diffusing. ~Harvard Shaker Community Herb Catalog, 1843~ For some of us, the tantalizing breezes... Read More

Gardening with Herbs 101: What to Growby  

Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we're discussing Gardening 101, and we're continuing this week with the second part of Gardening with Herbs 101.  Let's jump right in to my favorite part of gardening:... Read More

How to Plan Your Garden, Part 2by  

Were you as inspired as I was by Shannon's post on Tuesday? I completely understand what she means about becoming more and more excited each year as she considers what she can grow and preserve. I feel the same way.... Read More

Plan & Plant Now for Sustainability, Freedom, and a Backyard Revolutionby  

I am not an expert gardener and have only spent the last few years taking a stab at preserving what we eat and eating what we preserve. Every year, though, I grow more and more excited because every year we... Read More

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