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Tips on Container Gardening

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There can be many reasons to choose to grow in containers rather than in the ground. It is a good option for those that are lacking space and access to land and garden area. Container growing can also be a good way to keep your plants going when at a temporary residence, or in transition from one residence to the next...

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Propagation by cuttings

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Only some perennials can be propagated by cuttings. Annuals and biennials cannot be propagated from cuttings, they have to be started by seed. Only perennials in certain plant families can successfully be propagated by cuttings, an example would be the Mint family which includes...

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Harvesting & Drying Herbs

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Growing your own medicinal or culinary herbs is intensely rewarding. There is a deep connection to the earth and your sustenance that you experience when you harvest your own plants for making into medicine, drying for teas, or using in the kitchen...

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Starting from seed

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All the information needed for a plant to grow, thrive, and produce offspring lies dormant in a living seed. With just the right combination of each of the elements ~ air, water, earth, and fire (sun) ~ the seed will break dormancy and begin to flourish and grow into a mature plant. It is a seemly magical event to get to witness...

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Plant Hardiness Zones & Lifecycles

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Understanding the different lifecycles of the plants you are growing will help you to determine the best time of year to plant. If you wish to save your own seed, it will also help you to know when you can expect the plant to flower and produce seeds. In flowering plants, such as herbs and veggies, the plant life cycle begins with a seed...

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Fresh Nettle & Herb Pesto Recipe

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The only thing more rewarding than eating out of your own garden is foraging in the forest, and here on the West Coast as well as in many parts of the world, nettles grow abundantly in the wild and are a valuable food source for many. Look for spots in the woods that are damper and shadier; alder, maple and cleavers are good indicator plants, where you find them you often find nettle. 

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Starting your herb garden

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Growing your own herb garden can be a rewarding and connecting experience that you can enjoy for many years to come. When starting your herb garden try starting small. Choose herbs that you will find useful and that require minimal care. Add to your garden as you gain experience and begin introducing the more challenging herbs over time...

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The greatness of garlic

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Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow and is has many powerful health benefits too. Plant in the fall. On the coast garlic can be planted anytime from the end of September until the end of November. Garlic is one of the few garden crops that can be successfully grown in freshly broken ground...

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10 Reasons To Grow A Herb Garden

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Herbs! We love them! For all these reasons and more... (In no particular order). 1) Beauty. Surround yourself with lacy foliage of towering fennel, the brightest blue blooms of hyssop, the soft silvery leaves of wormwood, the pale-lilac spiral blossoms of comfrey. 2) Healing. In the home herb garden there resides a living apothecary...

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Fresh Lemon Balm Tincture Recipe

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Lemon Balm is prized as safe but effective herbal mood enhancer. It can help with anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, melancholy, and depression. Helpful for digestive upset, menstrual cramps, and menopause. A safe herb for children, substitute glycerin for the rum in this recipe to make an alcohol-free tincture...

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Calendula Salve Recipe

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Calendula makes a wonderful all-purpose salve for your home remedies kit. It is soothing and healing to the skin, and indispensable for chapped lips and hands, wind or sun burnt skin, scrapes and bruises, and scar prevention. Calendula is anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, vulnerary, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial...

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Rosemary & Yarrow herbal liniment recipe

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Herbal liniments are great to have on hand in your herbal first-aid kit or home medicine cabinet. They are used topically and can be formulated to provide instant relief from many common ailments such as achy joints, inflamed muscles, nerve pain, wounds, bruises, swelling, inflammation and sprains...

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Tips on growing ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a medicinal herb native to India where it has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for many thousands of years. Sometimes known as ‘Indian ginseng’ the roots of ashwagandha are used in herbal medicine to increase vitality in the body, reduce stress and improve quality of sleep...

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Tips on growing cilantro / coriander

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Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), also known as coriander, is an annual herb native to parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Its leaves and seeds are commonly used as a culinary herb and spice all over the world. As well as adding intense and refreshing lemony-like flavour to cuisine, cilantro has many added health benefits helping us to detoxify heavy metals from the body, ease inflammation, boost immunity, and regulate cholesterol...

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Tips on growing basil

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We get asked for tips on how to grow basil more than any other herb. Basil proves to be a tricky one for many, but with a few simple tips you can learn to grow your own bountiful plants that will provide you with luscious leaves all season long. See below for tips on starting basil from seed or tending to seedlings you've purchased or grown yourself...

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