Buying produce can rack up quite the bill, even though they is necessary to keep you and your family healthy.  However, you can save quite a bit of cash if you buy fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Not only that, but if you buy produce when it is in season, it will be much tastier than if you buy it when it is out of season.  Remember that you can also buy frozen, canned, or dried fruits and vegetables to give you the nutrients that you need at any time throughout the year.  Read on to learn when different fruits and vegetables are in season, so that you know when you should buy them.  

Sage plantWelcome to Part Two of our guide to your own personal kitchen herb garden! Here are four more herbs that are easy to grow, and easy to use in your own cooking. Check out Part One for more herbs, along with some basic tips on growing and harvesting herbs.

Mint

Mint is another hardy herb, to the point that it’s even a weed in some areas. In fact, it might creep farther than you want it to and choke out other plants, so either give it a good border, or trim it back regularly. Mint germinates best without a soil covering, so just drop it on the soil and let it grow. Mint likes a mix of sun and shade, and needs nice, moist soil.

Pizza with basil Fresh herbs are the ultimate cooking secret. They make the difference between a novice meal and a superbly crafted spread. They add flavor, color, depth, and even health benefits to our food. But fresh herbs from the store can get pricey, and dried herbs just aren’t the same. In order to get the full effect, you’ll want to start your own kitchen herb garden.

Sprinkler head spraying waterYou love your yard, but you hate seeing the water bill spike when summer comes around. Most of us spend 60% of our water supply on our yards. What if we told you that you could still have a lush, green lawn with a fraction of the water? Here are three simple things that will help you cut back your summer water bill:

Close your eyes and think of some of your favorite childhood summer memories. Where do they take place? For most of us, the prime location for summer fun was our own backyard! But nowadays, it can be a challenge to get kids unplugged and outside. So how can you make your own backyard more appealing than video games this summer? Here are some ideas:

backyard landscape outdoor lightingWe often talk about creating dimensional lighting indoors, with a combination of ambient, accent, and task lighting. Outdoor lighting, however, tends to see far less attention. But without outdoor lighting, you can’t enjoy the beautiful landscaping surrounding your home once dusk hits. Here is a brief guide to outdoor lighting in landscaping and which portions of your landscaping are best accented with outdoor lighting.

backyard pond and waterfallWater features are an often overlooked option for landscaping, but they can truly round out a space and turn a backyard into an outdoor retreat. And with the gentle sounds of rushing water, you’ll never want to leave your landscape. Here is brief guide to the many options for water features that you can have in your own backyard.