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 […]

Backyard Medicinal Plants: Do You Have Herbal Remedies Right Under Your Nose?

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Last summer, my husband spent a few hours cleaning up our yard.  We had a lot of vines growing everywhere, some of which were poison ivy.  We were worried the kids would get into it, so he took care of it.  Unfortunately, he’s very sensitive to it, and despite an immediate cool shower and other precautions, he came down with a very bad case of it.  It took a couple weeks to heal, and it was even bad enough […]

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

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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 week or two). This marks our first full summer in our current home, and so far, the garden hasn’t been all I had hoped that it would be. We built garden boxes in the early spring (well, my brother-in-law built them) and then filled them […]

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 […]

Heirloom Seeds: A Frugal and Healthier Option for Gardening

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Today’s guest post from Phoebe of Getting Freedom is on a topic near and dear to my gardener’s heart. I am a huge advocate of heirloom seeds, for so many of the reasons that she talks about in this excellent post! ______________________________________ When we started our debt freedom journey, one thing I noticed rather quickly was our grocery budget was one of the only areas I had the freedom to cut. I didn’t want to sacrifice what we were eating, so I knew I had […]