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Imagine a home with a beautiful veggie garden, a kitchen full of wonderful aromas and a comfy home with kids working on lessons that are done for you.

Hi, I’m Debbie.

I’m a veteran homeschooler of 23 years, and an avid organic vegetable gardener for 28 years and…..

Addicted to catching the gleam in a child’s eye when they suddenly “get it”.

I homeschooled our seven children through high school and we grew most of our vegetables in an organic garden.

With seven children to teach, I integrated as many subjects as possible while keeping several different aged kids interested and learning.

My garden is my “secret garden” where I discover so much about God’s world. Naturally, I learned how to preserve the produce and developed a lot of tips and shortcuts from seed to table.

I can’t wait to share what I learned with you!

Featured Posts by Category

Botany Lessons

Secrets Inside Seeds

Teach your child the hidden secrets in seeds with this thorough article with a free printable to fill in. Your child can discover hidden secrets inside of seeds that will be unforgettable.

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Secrets Inside Stems

Easy and Affordable botany lessons for kids. This lesson is “Secrets in Stems”. Free printable workbook chapter. The lesson is completely done for you. The workbook is fun. 3rd chapter of 8.

Dyed carrot cut lengthwise to show xylem

Secrets Inside Roots

Learn how to teach a lesson about roots that your kids will never forget. Free lesson plan, done for you with a free, printable set of worksheets.

Grow Your Own Veggies

How to Grow Carrots

Carrots are easy to grow if you know the tips and secrets. this is a thorough tutorial on how to grow carrots from seeds.

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Grow More Green Beans

You will be amazed at how many more green beans you can harvest from your family garden by following these simple steps.

Grow Tomatoes

You can successfully grow your own tomatoes with this comprehensive guide covering four main categories: How to water, prune, fertilize, and how to keep bugs off the tomato plants.

Garden Recipes

Can Green Beans: Basic Canning

When you master how to can green beans, you can can any veggie. Full tutorial canning from start to finish.

Thie ear of corn is ready to pick

Harvest and Preserve Corn

Pick corn at just the right time and take these shortcuts and tips that makes preparing the corn for the freezer a breeze.

Better Than Strawberry Shortcake Bread

Better Than Strawberry Shortcake Strawberry Bread will become your favorite strawberry recipe. Drizzle with fresh strawberry glaze for a rich dessert. 

Freedom Lifestyle

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How to Stop Being So Busy

If a sense of “something’s wrong” is stirring in your heart, it very well may be that being too busy is driven by an unhealthy hidden felt need.  

Create a Refuge

You can create a home that is a safe haven for all. It’s possible with any size budget because it starts with you! Here’s how to create places in your home.

Combat School Exhaustion

Take time for a bit of recreation. It will recharge your batteries prioritizing will be easier. Here’s how to create a healthy balance.

Be sure to browse the categories from the menu at the top! There’s lots more articles that will help you with your garden, cooking and freedom lifestyle.

May all your weeds be wildflowers!


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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.Mat 6:33 CSB