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How To Organize Garden Seeds

I have a love/hate relationship with my gardening process. I love having a garden, but I hate to store all of my supplies. In years past, that meant I had a severe garden organization problem…which means there was no organization! I would haphazardly leave open packets of seeds lying about or, when I was making an effort, I would throw …

Late Summer Produce Recipe Roundup

I have always loved this time of year. The weather is great. Hot, yes. But, I like it that way. As a kid, I really looked forward to getting back to school. I spent lots of time carefully picking out new clothes, getting folders and pencils organized, and dreaming up lunch box ideas during the weeks leading up to the …

DIY Healing Hand Salve for Garden Hands

Confession time. I’m a #lifefromscratch kind of gal. I love to prepare nutritious, wholesome meals at home. I totally love all things DIY and I’ve experimented with making my own coconut flour and coconut milk, my own medicated lip balm and orange vanilla whipped body butter. But there is one area of #lifefromscratch that I have yet to tackle. That …

You’d be surprised by the little ways you can adjust your life to be more self-sufficient and sustainable, which manifests into a permaculture home.

Creating a Permaculture Home

I first learned about permaculture about 10 years ago when I made a trip out to Bohdi Creek Farm, a Permaculture site in Washington State, near the North Cascades. Our friends Alan and Tricia introduced my husband Andrew and I to this way of living, and with us being very logic and solution-based by nature, the principles of permaculture really …

Claire shares her fall garden clean up checklist and the importance of preparing your beds for the winter months ahead.

Fall Garden Clean Up Checklist

As the first frost of the season looms, it is a great time for a little “fall cleaning” in your vegetable garden. Cleaning up your garden at the end of the season and preparing it for the colder winter months will help ensure the health of your garden for years to come. It also helps you hit the ground running …

Meet our very talented homesteading contributors for the re-birth of Scratch Mommy!

Introducing Our Homesteading Contributors

As the Editor in Chief and Editor of the homesteading section of Scratch Mommy, I am so thrilled to be creating content with such an amazing team of writers. The homesteading section will be a devoted space to talk all things self-sufficiency… no matter how much space you have. You’ll be inspired to start a vegetable garden or raise some animals. If you …

You Would Be ‘Blessed’ To Have This Holy Thistle In Your Gardens!

Welcome to Part Three of my gardening miniseries where I’m introducing a few things I’m growing in my gardens this summer (and tell you why I’m growing them)! Click the links for parts one (German Chamomile) and two (Orange Giant Amaranth). Today I’d like to introduce you to a a lovely flower/herb/thistle called Blessed or Holy Thistle (Cardernia benedicta). According …

Soothing Homemade Tea, Anyone…?

German Chamomile – What Can’t It Do!?? Welcome to Part Two of my gardening miniseries! If you missed part one (all about a beautiful, massive orange giant), click here to read it. Today I’d like to introduce you to a delicate white flower with a lovely yellow center…German Chamomile. This is an easy to grow flower and makes a lovely addition …

An 8 Foot Beauty…In Beautiful Orange!

It’s Another Fun Miniseries! My first miniseries revolved around skincare (check out the posts here). Now…since I am super amped up about gardening season, I thought I’d do a little miniseries this week featuring some of the things I’ll be growing this season and explaining to you why I am growing them. Sure, I’m growing the standard carrots, cauliflower, and cucumbers, …