Do You Ever Feel Alone in Your Natural Living Journey?

Do you ever feel alone in natural living journey?

You read blogs, you follows all sorts of healthy websites on Facebook, you see all the new recipes and natural living tips on Pinterest… you’re genuinely working at making changes and following through on living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle. But it’s hard. Especially when you’re new to this, and you have so. many. questions.  Do you ever feel alone in your natural living journey? Do you wish you could just pick someone’s brain or listen to other women talk about what works for them, how […]

Could you have a farm… in your own backyard?

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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 grown, and I’ve learned how to support local farmers for my meat and dairy, and the produce that I am not able to grow myself. I wouldn’t say that I have a backyard farm. At this point, I’d call myself a somewhat ambitious suburban gardener, […]

How to Plan Your Garden

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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 much and when and where to plant everything can be one of the most daunting aspects of gardening. It’s a place where a lot of people get stuck. They’ve got an idea of things they’d like to grow, they know where the […]

7 Reasons to Square Foot Garden

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Spring is right around the corner, literally.  The first day of Spring officially arrives on Sunday! With the arrival of spring, there’s lots of talk here on Keeper of the Home about gardening this month.  Yet Gardening 101 wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Square Foot Gardening. Square Foot Gardening is the perfect solution for those that would love to garden but feel they don’t the space, time or experience. What is Square Foot Gardening? Square Foot Gardening is a […]

Gardening with Herbs 101: Where to Begin

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Written by Meg Dickey, Contributing Writer This month at Keeper of the Home, we’re discussing Gardening 101.  What better way to throw off the weariness of winter than with the joyous awakening of the earth around us?  Today I’ll be sharing some tips on gardening with herbs, and next time we’ll talk about what herbs work best in different environments. Let’s start with the basics: WHY should I grown my own? Growing your own herbs is easy to do, and you’ll be amazed at the […]

7 Gardening Lessons from a Novice Gardener

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Written by Emily McClements, Contributing Writer Growing your own organic vegetables is a great way to provide your family with nourishing and frugal food.  Last summer was my first real attempt at growing our own food in a garden. Although it did not go nearly the way that I envisioned, I learned some important lessons that I am excited to put into practice this year. I know many of you reading are seasoned gardeners, much more knowledgeable than I am, but if you are a […]

How to Plant Garlic in the Fall

This is a portion of my first garlic harvest, even when I had no idea what I was doing!

Garlic has stolen my heart as an organic gardener, because it is hands down one of the easiest and most reliable crops that I’ve grown so far. For some reason, I initially had this idea that garlic was only for experienced gardeners and would be a challenging crop to grow. I’ve had quite the opposite experience, finding it to be a simple and rewarding crop and now I can’t imagine going a season without growing it! Fall is the best time to plant garlic. It […]

Organic Food on a Budget

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Written by Angela Beery, Contributing Writer Now that the spring season is upon us, it is the perfect time to talk about fresh, local produce! Many exciting opportunities are ahead of us in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to taking a stroll down to the farmer’s market, grilling locally grown vegetables and picking my own strawberries at a local farm! During this tough economic time, many families who normally buy solely organic food are finding it more […]