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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

How I Overcame My Obsession with Paper Productsby  

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer It’s safe to say that until a couple years ago, I had an obsession with paper products. As I cleaned my home, I HAD to use paper towels. Paper towels for my windows, paper towels for my... Read More

Serving Up the Autumn Harvest with an Apple Crumbleby  

By Contributing Writer, Michele of Frugal Granola Have you savored the seasonal joy of an autumn harvest as a family yet this year? Here in the Pacific Northwest, fruit trees abound. Festivals at orchards or plant nurseries frequently offer an... Read More

Homesteading in Suburbia – Five Easy Ways!by  

Guest Post by Scott Morefield Rolling pastures in the middle of nowhere. A silo shading a barn full of dairy cows. Chickens clucking in the yard. A gigantic garden guarded by an imposing scarecrow, just a bit higher than the... 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

How to Make an Herbal Wreathby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer My mother-in-law is very talented when it comes to arranging flowers and making wreaths. I've admired her skills for years, but never ventured into wreath-making myself because I thought it was too difficult or... 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

From Cube to Farm: Surviving and Thriving as a Stay-at-Home Momby  

Guest post written by Heather Bryant Once upon a time I used to wear a suit to work. Each morning I would plod through a labyrinth of cubicles to my lowly station where I would sit for hours on end... Read More

Backyard Chicken Challengesby  

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer It's been about about 2 1/2 years since my husband and I - inexperienced as we are - first took on the hobby of keeping backyard chickens; and what a joy it's been. But... 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

How to Plan Your Gardenby  

[caption id="attachment_10002" align="alignnone" width="518" caption="From my own garden plans, two of my raised beds with plans for greens, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli."][/caption] In our Gardening 101 series, we’ve talked about a lot of different things so far... how to... Read More

How to Plant a Garden That Works for Where You Liveby  

When I first began, I suppose I had this idea that gardening was the same everywhere... you dug up some dirt, put in seeds, fertilized and pulled some weeds, then enjoyed a harvest. A little naive (or maybe just hopeful),... Read More

Beekeeping 101: Let’s Get it Startedby  

Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few weeks ago, I introduced myself and talked about my past experience with beekeeping in a post titled “Beekeeping: A matter of the heart”. The response was quite welcoming and many people were interested... Read More

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Recipes and Tutorials to Keep You Busy Until Thanksgivingby  

Preserving season is in full swing! I've taken a brief break from it myself the past couple of weeks, after a busy bout of preserving in July. Now it's time to jump back in with both feet, as I get... Read More

Beekeeping: A Matter of the Heartby  

Guest Post by Kate Ferry A few years ago, the Ferry family experienced a traumatic death. We lost all our girls. During the winter, approximately 50,000 honeybees vanished from my backyard. They went into hibernation after Halloween and never woke... Read More

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