Category Archives: Life at The Burrow





How to Care for Roses

how to care for your rose bush

Roses have an unwarranted reputation as being picky flowers. Some gardeners who have always admired roses have avoided planting them because they hear that roses are too hard to grow. The truth is roses can be just as easy as any other flower as long as you know how to care for them. Check out the information below to get ... Read More »

Why Every School Should Have a Gardening Program

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Food is important — who can argue with that? Aside from teaching kids the importance of nutrition and eating healthy, kids can benefit from learning about gardening in school. School gardening programs are shown to help kids in various ways, such as: Building environmental awareness Improving health and wellness Helping kids build important social and community relationships Beyond those benefits, ... Read More »

Winter and Energy Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

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When homeowners hear the words “energy efficiency,” it’s easy to associate them with dollar signs. Improving your home’s efficiency, however, doesn’t always have to mean replacing expensive heating equipment. Here’s what you can do to promote a greener home and keep a few more dollars in your pocket at the same time. Tweak the furnace. Neglecting the furnace causes it ... Read More »

How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas

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We’ve invited Nell from Joy Us Garden to share her tips on changing the color of hydrangeas (Did you know you could do that?!). Watch her video below and check out this post on her blog for more details. While you’re over there on Joy Us Garden, check out the blog post I just wrote about the best flowers for peace ... Read More »

5 Best Animals for Homesteaders

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Whether your goal is to get off the grid and away from it all or to try your hand at living a more self-sufficient life, animals are an important part of any homesteading plan. Raising animals for food will provide a well-rounded diet and give you more choices of items to sell or trade to make your living independently. Homestead ... Read More »

5 Ways I’m Trying to Live a Fuel-less life

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Fossil fuels run the world. They provide heat and energy, they’re used extensively in manufacturing and can even be found in plastic. However, all this modern magic will come to an end – sooner rather than later. According to Forbes, fossil fuels are in their final century, but by cutting back now you can help make a global impact to ... Read More »

How to Grow the Best Asparagus Ever (With Only a Little Gardening Know-How)

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Asparagus offers numerous health benefits, including healthy doses of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. While many people savor the softer (and slightly less bitter) shoots, others prefer the stalk. Regardless of how or when you prefer to eat it, you’ll be relieved to know that asparagus is generally easy to grow and maintain, even for novice gardeners. For most gardeners, ... Read More »

Laying the Foundation to Family

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Below is a post from my wonderful parents who hired a contractor to build their house and who inspired me to build my own and in doing so lay the foundation to our homey lives. Much like a marriage, building a house is a lot of work. When you think about the number of small details that go into building ... Read More »

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