Video: Picking Blackberries

Picking Blackberries @

Our home sits on top of a small mountain, overlooking the small town of Harlan. We have a large yard, about an acre and a half total, but most of it is front yard since our house is situated so that our back windows overlook the valley below. I’m so excited about all of the fruit that’s growing this year! Picking Blackberries Since most of

The Big List of Ideas for Gardening with Kids

The Big List of Ideas for Gardening with Kids @

I’ve never had a spectacular garden. But I work at it every year. And some years the garden has looked wonderful! Despite the fact that I’m not a master gardener and I still have a lot to learn, I still love working with my kids in the garden. My kids are getting older. The youngest is 11 years old already! This week, now that the

Ideas for Spring and Easter

Ideas to Celebrate Spring | A Virtuous Woman

I woke up this morning to sunshine… something that’s been severely lacking in my neck of the woods… all winter long. And the weather. Oh, it feels like spring! I love spring time. My yard fills with blooms, we like to do school outside on blankets, we can enjoy riding the horses again. As Easter or (as I prefer to call it) Resurrection Day approaches,

Stocking Up

8 Items to Stock Up {Preparing Your Home for Emergencies} @

Family Preparedness You can find the rest of the series here. I recently read a poll that suggested parents are doing very little to educate and prepare their families in the even of an emergency. And this info graphic shows what parents are or aren’t doing to prepare. So, this week I’ll be sharing ideas on how you can prepare your family for a crisis,

Square Foot Garden Planner

This free printable Square Foot Garden Planner will help you organize your garden this year! @

Are you planning your garden? This morning as I was thinking about planning the “grid” for my Square Foot Garden and decided to create some planner pages to help me in my nearly overwhelming task. You can download my planner below!  Square Foot Gardening Square Foot Gardening is the easiest way to get started with a garden in your back {or front yard}. You can

ABC’s of Summer Fun {D is for Dirt}

ABC's of Summer Fun {D is for Diggin in the Dirt} | A Virtuous Woman #gardening

You can find all of the posts in this series here. Have you planted a garden this year? Or, if you don’t have space for a garden, have you planted at least one tomato plant in a container? I am by no means a “gardener,” but I have had a small raised bed garden for the last five years. This year I’ve planted: {so far}

What to Do with Summer Squash #3

You can read the rest of the posts in this series here. This is a recipe I have shared before, but since it is one of my favorite recipes ever and since it goes with this week’s series on Summer Squash, I thought it was time to revisit it! These patties are easily made gluten free by using your favorite gluten free flour and you

What to Do with Summer Squash #2

This has to be one of my all time favorite ways to use up summer squash. It is one of the easiest meal to make! Vegetable Fajitas or Tacos I don’t really use a recipe… more of just a method. Here’s what you do: Slice a mixture of yellow squash, zucchini, onions, and bell peppers and place into a pan with a little oil. In

Strawberry Beds


We have a garden bed full of strawberry plants with plans to plant more this year. We’ve been disappointed to find that most of the strawberries that are ready to pick have been partially eaten by the birds! My mother-in-law has over a hundred strawberry plants. Her answer to this problem has been to pick them before they are ripe and let them ripen in

Creative Gardening Ideas

I found this idea on Pintrest yesterday. So clever! I have several pallets lying around. I might just try this one! Photo Credit: Sprittibee  And here is another clever idea. Milk Crate Gardening! This would be space saving and if you could suspend the crate somehow or place it on the edge of a stone wall or something, you could grow vine plants right out