Home Garden Joy: The Kitchen Garden Reimagined

Welcome to Home Garden Joy!

Home Garden Joy offers hundreds of articles to help you plan, grow, and enjoy your very own kitchen garden. And since people need beauty as well as nourishment, I feature articles on growing flowers, house plants, and nature.

Home Garden Joy raised bed gardens

The Kitchen Garden – Reimagined

I’m on a mission to help you find joy in your home and garden. Nourish your senses. Explore growing and cooking from your kitchen garden, a garden filled with fruit, vegetables and herbs.

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New to Gardening?

We have articles to help you get started!

How to Start Seeds the Right Way

Your Guide to Composting

What Is Home Garden Joy?

It’s a website, a community, and a movement to bring back old-fashioned kitchen gardens, cooking from scratch, and preserving the harvest.

Here you will find everything you need to transform a ‘black thumb’ into a gorgeous garden overflowing with tasty vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Plus, you’ll learn how to savor the harvest all year long through cooking, canning, and preserving the harvest.

garden educator Jeanne Grunert

Meet the Gardener: Writer Jeanne Grunert

Hi – I’m Jeanne!

I’ve grown a kitchen garden in six  pots on an apartment deck and in a tiny urban backyard on the outskirts of New York City.

In 2007, I moved to rural Virginia and started an orchard and garden on a small farm near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our farm, Seven Oaks, grows an abundance of fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

I’m a certified Virginia Master Gardener, a former “Ask the Expert” gardening columnist for Virginia Gardener magazine, and a gardening book author.

But most of all, I’m like you – a wife, godmother to two beautiful children, and “auntie” to my many nieces, nephews, and young people that I meet. I cherish my home and garden and love nothing more than spending time digging in the soil, watching the birds at my feeder, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea and a good book.

Home Garden Joy: A Community for Gardeners

I’m building a community of gardeners interested in growing a kitchen garden filled with abundance: fruit trees, raised beds overflowing with vegetables, tasty and healing herbs. Whether through our Facebook group for Christian herbalists or  at one of my local gardening presentations, I walk you through the steps you need to grow and enjoy luscious edibles from your landscape.

Resources for Nature Lovers, Too!

Love butterflies and birds? We have a whole section and books devoted to gardening for pollinators, butterflies, and birds!

Where to Start? Popular Articles and Guides

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