Encouraging Words For New Gardeners

As a new gardener it is hard to not get caught up in what everyone else is doing in their garden, especially on social media. Not to mention all the comparisons that happen, often between a new gardener and someone who has taken years to build up their garden experience. You may not know which…

What’s In Season: October

October is such a time of change and renewal. Around the first week of October is when we expect our first frost date. It hasn’t happened yet this year, but I can feel it on the horizon. This really changes things in the garden and kitchen. All those lovely summer or warm weather produce are…

Gardening: A Shift In My Focus

We have had a garden for well over a decade, close to two decades now. (Since my boys were young, they are now adults or close to it. Ages 21, almost 19 and 16.) The garden was always in the back corner of the yard, leaving the majority of the yard for the boys to…

Small Space Gardening: Making The Most Of Your Growing Space

We may have dreams of living on acres of land and growing enough food from our gardens to feed our family for the whole year, but more often than not, we are gardening in small spaces and life is pulling us in different directions. Knowing how to maximize your growing space, whatever it’s size, will…

5 Common Culinary Herbs & Spices With Medicinal Benefits

Culinary herbs also have medicinal benefits for a power packed nutritional punch when added to your daily meals. I love using fresh or dried herbs to boost nutrition and the overall health benefits of a meal as well as enhancing the flavor of a meal. There is so many health building opportunities when it comes…

5 Tips For Choosing What To Grow In Your Kitchen Garden

When you are just starting out as a new gardener it can be quite overwhelming to try to decide what to grow in the space you have. Most of us are growing in smaller spaces and must choose wisely what will take a spot in our garden. Below are 5 tips for choosing what to…

Living A Modern Homesteading Life

Is it possible to homestead without acres of land and animals? I think you definitely can by incorporating many aspects of modern homesteading into your lifestyle! There are a lot of people who want to homestead, but don’t live on acres of land out in the country. It doesn’t have to be that way! Modern…

Preserving Food: Small Garden? No Problem!

I once read somewhere that it takes approximately 4,000 square feet of gardening space to feed one person for an entire year. Most people do not have this kind of space, as amazing as it would be. Most of us are growing in small yards or on balconies or patios. Most of us also do…

Gardening In The Heat Of Summer

Within the Arc of Seasons, as taught in the Gardenary method of gardening, July and August are considered the hot season here in the Denver Metro area. The hot season consists of temperatures ranging from 70°F – 90°F. Each season has specific plant families that grow well and others that struggle or are unable to…

My Must Grow Plants: Medicinal Herbs

Adding medicinal herbs to your garden not only adds beauty to your garden, but allows you to make plant medicine with your harvests. (Most culinary herbs can also be used in plant medicine too, you can see my must grow culinary herbs here.) When we grow our own herbs for herbal preparations, just as any…

Dandelions, A Wonderfully Beneficial “Weed”

Dandelions are popping up right now where I live and depending on your temperatures they should be for you too. Growing up I loved making wishes on dandelion puffs, watching as they blew away. I also remember getting scolded for doing it because they were going to start growing everywhere. I didn’t see why it…

Foundational Cooking Methods To Know For Delicious From Scratch Meals

Harnessing the power of foundational cooking techniques can give you so much freedom when it comes to creating delicious seasonal meals for your family. Below you will find a short list of foundational cooking techniques to learn or deepen your connection to. There are many cooking techniques to try within dry heat, moist heat, combination…