Most Affordable and Productive Medicinal Plants to Grow

 

We have used medicinal plants in healthcare for thousands of years. Studies have been conducted across the world to prove how good they really are, and most of the time, medicinal plants win the argument. Although we can’t always do without modern medicine, curing common ailments and...

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Companion Planting Chart for Herbs

 

Did you know that there are more microorganisms in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on the planet? These microbes are an important part of the ecosystem of your garden, and keep your soil healthy and packed full of nutrients.

The thing is, different plants need...

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Calendula Salve (Cream), Infusing Oil With Botanicals/Herbs

 

Many of us are not new to getting started with essential oils but when it comes to the art of infusing our own oils with botanicals it may seem a little daunting.

The art of infusing oil for health and well-being is steeped in history, but how do we know where to start with so many options...

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Types of Rose Hips: Do All Roses Produce Hips?

 

Did you know the first roses were most likely cultivated in China around 5,000 years ago? The Romans started using rosehips for medicinal purposes soon after, and the Egyptians for scent.

Filled to the brim with juicy, vitamin-packed flesh, the hips of a rose plant are an...

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How to Dry Orange Slices

 

Oranges represent sunshine and bring warmth and light during long, cold winters. Not only that, but they have many benefits when it comes to food storage.

Who doesn't want a little sunshine in their homes when it's cold outside? Yet, while we may think of dried orange slices...

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Rose Bush Care: Methods and Techniques

 

Did you know archaeologists have found rose bushes that are 1000 years old? And really, it's no wonder they're still a popular choice for gardens and budding horticulturists.

They have incredible scents, look gorgeous in a garden, and you can even eat them and add them...

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Nettle Tea: How to Grow, Harvest and Preserve Nettles

 

A hot cup of nettle tea is still a remedy for many ailments for many people. It's no surprise considering stinging nettle greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Besides the health benefits, stinging nettles are really tasty.

But we can't ignore the fact that...

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Herbalist Garden: Getting Started

 

While herbs were cultivated clear back to the time of Adam and Eve, medicinal herbalist gardens such as that of St. Gall have been in use for hundreds of years. This just shows that humanity has not only been using but has been reliant on natural remedies and...

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How to Plant, Grow and Care for English Lavender & Other Edible Blooms

 

We have been lied to about lavender. While many like to share that lavender was a biblical plant, unfortunately, those statements have been confused with another plant referred to as Spikenard. Spikenard is much different from the variety of spike lavender said to be the same...

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How to Plant and Propagate Elderberry Bushes

 

Elderberries come in two varieties: American (Sambucus canadensis) and European black elderberry (Sambucus nigra). The American elderberry is smaller and grows to be 6 to 10 feet tall. The European elderberry can grow up to 10 feet tall. 

The Sambucus elderberry grown in the United...

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How to Stratify and Scarify Medicinal Plant Seeds

 

We've all been there. Our new botanical seeds arrived in the mail, we planted them eagerly into the ground, and then... nothing. They don't sprout; they don't grow, and we're left wondering if our green thumbs have shriveled off.

Did you know, though, this happens because seeds...

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How to Plant Roses for Preservation and Production

 

Imagine going out to your rose garden to cut a few stems for your dinner plate, not for your sweetheart. Growing edible roses is a time-honored pastime, though it may sound weird at first.

Did you know the Greeks, Romans, and Persians all loved using roses to cook with? They...

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