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14 Nut Butter Recipes You'll Want To Eat Straight From The Jar

14 Nut Butter Recipes You'll Want To Eat Straight From The Jar | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
These nut butter recipes come in all flavors and with all types of nuts and seeds - and even a few nut-free options, too!
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I don't often post food websites, but this one is just too yummy! Make your own Nut Butters. It's so easy and you control what goes into the jar!
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10 Easy-to-Grow Varieties For A Child’s First Garden / American Meadows Blog

10 Easy-to-Grow Varieties For A Child’s First Garden / American Meadows Blog | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
A love for gardening doesn’t happen overnight; it’s often introduced and fostered from a young age. If you’re looking to instill your passion for gardening i…
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Nice article! Get your kids into the garden!
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Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
One of the virtues I try to cultivate in life is persistence. I have never liked to quit, even in the middle of a project that has suddenly gone bad. Somehow when I’m flat on my behind (metap…
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Here's a great article from Ann McCormick on rejuvenating a spindly plant... and how to set cuttings from the part you cut off!
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12 Ways to Use and Preserve Citrus

12 Ways to Use and Preserve Citrus | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

get Having a plethora of citrus is definitely not something to complain about, especially when you’re in the throes of winter.  The bright and fresh fruit can really make my day when it’s cloudy and yucky outside!  I am lucky enough to have in-laws that live in Florida who send us wonderful oranges and grapefruit every...Read More »

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It's Citrus Season in Texas right now! Here are 12 ways to use and preserve citrus from a food and preserving blog I follow. I found some new ideas here!

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What do you do with your extra citrus?
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11 Therapeutic Essential Oils to Combat Icky Winter Cold Symptoms

11 Therapeutic Essential Oils to Combat Icky Winter Cold Symptoms | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Suffering from a cold? Before you reach for your medicine, consider the power of therapeutic essential oils instead. Here's how they can help.
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Essential Oils are little powerhouses of therapeutic herbs. Use them wisely for prevention and relief of cold symptoms.
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5 Ways to Protect Potted Plants in Winter

5 Ways to Protect Potted Plants in Winter | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Happy December everyone! I can’t even believe it’s December already, but here we are. While it’s not technically winter yet, it has been quite cold in our neck of the woods, and it’s supposed to stay that way for a little while. Over the past several...
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It's time to protect you outdoor potted plants. Here are some good suggestions.
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How to Grow and Cook with Sage

How to Grow and Cook with Sage | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

scribed I don’t know about you guys, but I love sage.  The sage in our garden has flourished throughout the year, and has really become a beauty this fall.  Maybe that is why it has become the quintessential fall herb, although it could also be because it goes so well with Thanksgiving dishes.  What I love...Read More »

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I recently subscribed to this lovely and useful newsletter. I'm enjoying all the info provided, including this one on sage!

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What do you do with your sage?
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Echinacea

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EZ Herbs of Austin, TX, posted this informative article on echinacea. Good for us, good for the bees and pretty in the garden.
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When Is an Annual Not an Annual? |

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Are you confused by the terms annual and perennial when referring to plants? Want to know why your basil flowers and goes to seed? And, why the Rosemary flowers year after year? This article explains reasons why.
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Sowing Annual Flower Seeds in the Fall | The Herb Cottage

Sowing Annual Flower Seeds in the Fall | The Herb Cottage | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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Seeding colorful annuals in the Fall is an easy way to have a spring garden. If you live where winters are mild, you'll have a bright winter & early spring garden.
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Edible Landscaping: Ornamental Plants You Can Eat | Zillow Blog

Edible Landscaping: Ornamental Plants You Can Eat | Zillow Blog | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

always Have you ever wanted to grow your own kale, cook with fresh herbs or pick your own berries? You don’t have to sacrifice your neatly maintained landscaping to grow your own food. And with a little finesse you can even make the edibles in your front yard attractive enough to fool your HOA. Growing your own food is worthwhile for many reasons. Apart from the obvious benefit of getting food out of the deal, you’re also getting a much tastier tomato than you’d find in the produce aisle. Many of the vegetable varieties you can grow at home are more flavorful, attractive and unique because you have thousands of hybrids and heirlooms at your disposal. Cook authentic Italian cuisine with Genovese basil, Tuscan kale, San Marzano tomatoes and a host of heirloom squashes and eggplants. Replicate Southeast Asian recipes perfectly with lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, lemon basil and bitter gourd. You just can’t get produce like that at the grocery store, and it couldn’t be any fresher than picke

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I've always said herbs, fruit and vegetables don't need separate beds. Here's an article that encourages inter-planting in your landscape. 

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Edible lqndscapes?
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Re-evaluate Your Garden | The Herb Cottage

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Are you a slave to your garden? Do you feel like all you do is work in the garden without having time to really enjoy it? Remember that cute bench you placed in the garden so you'd have a place to sit and look at your flowers and plants? Do you ever sit there and just take in the beauty of your yard? 

 

If you can relate to any of the issues I brought up, maybe you need to simplify your yard. Take a look at my latest post to get some ideas.

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Factory Farming: The Ignored Elephant in the Room | Food Safety News

Factory Farming: The Ignored Elephant in the Room | Food Safety News | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
The World Expo, being held in Milan, Italy, from May 1-Oct. 1, 2015, and themed, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” is bringing together 140 countries to unravel one of the world’s greatest challenges.
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Food for the future is a hot topic. The article has some interesting insights.
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21 steps to an amazing garden for beginners

21 steps to an amazing garden for beginners | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

Via Nicola King
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Good ideas, here!
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Starting your new garden?
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Feel Better With Herbs

Growing and using herbs is so good for us. Learn why here: http://www.theherbcottage.com/feel-better-with-herbs/
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Feel Better With Herbs. Visit The Herb Cottage Website for a thoughtful and useful article on why growing and using herbs is good for us. http://www.theherbcottage.com/feel-better-with-herbs/
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Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control

Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
“ Grow the right flowers to attract these Top 10 beneficial insects to
your garden to minimize damage from aphids, caterpillars, flea beetles and other pests.”
Via Paul Winski
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Much, much better than introducing chemicals into your garden.
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Do you have some beneficial insects in your plan?   
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Seasonal Resolutions For the New Year

Seasonal Resolutions For the New Year | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
When we put up a calendar for the New Year, we often contemplate turning over a new leaf in our everyday life. Resolutions are made to lose weight, phone home more often, be nicer to the neighbors.…
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From Ann McCormick, The Herb'N Cowgirl, this article on spices is excellent! Spice up your New Year with Ann's advice.

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Twelve Herbs Of Christmas | The Herb Cottage

Twelve Herbs Of Christmas | The Herb Cottage | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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Herbalist Ann McCormick of Ft. Worth, TX, posted this piece concerning twelve herbs associated with the nativity and Christmas. If you're interested in the religious symbolism of herbs, take a look at this piece.

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2015 Texas A&M University (Overton, Texas) Field Trials Results | Greenhouse Grower

2015 Texas A&M University (Overton, Texas) Field Trials Results | Greenhouse Grower | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
The Texas A&M University trials had more than 500 entries that represented around 70 species, most were annual bedding plant entries. There were also a number of herbaceous perennials included. Weather conditions were cool and wet through May. Overton had a record 14 inches of rain in May. June continued to be warm and wet. July began a six-week period with no significant rainfall. The latter part of July and the first half of August were very hot and dry. Late August into September was seasonably warm, but with long periods between rain events. Best Of Show ■ Vinca ‘Soiree Kawaii Coral,’ ‘Soiree Kawaii Lavender’ ■ Vinca Valiant Series ■ Lantana Evita Series ■ Lantana ‘Luscious Pinkberry Blend’ ■ Begonia ‘Unstoppable Upright White’ Top Performers ■ Basil ‘Floral Spires Lavender’ ■ Basil ‘Balsamic Blooms’ ■ Coleus ‘Sovar’ ■ Coleus ‘Stained Glassworks Burgundy Wedding Train’ ■ Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Spreading Shell Pink’ ■ Lobularia ‘Yolo Top Dark Lavender’ ■ Portulaca Mojave Series
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Check out the flowers and herbs that made the Texas A&M Field Trial Results. Look for these at your independent garden retailer this Spring.

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Ten Perfect Plants for Pollinators

Ten Perfect Plants for Pollinators | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Promoting pollinator-friendly plants, along with tags and packaging that communicates the message shows consumers how they can be part of the solution.
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Plant some of these to enhance your vegetable production and help our little friends!
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Pollinator plants.
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Herbal Trees | The Herb Cottage

Herbal Trees | The Herb Cottage | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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Let's take a look at some large herbs... trees!
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Herbal trees.
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10 Food Pairings That Make Surprising Nutritional Sense

10 Food Pairings That Make Surprising Nutritional Sense | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Some foods and flavors are just made for one another. Bacon and eggs. Strawberries and cream. Basil and tomato. Oil and vinegar. Sweet and sour. The list goes on and on. But what's behind these classic and nearly universal combinations? Does taste alone drive the decision to, say, add fresh herbs to a charred piece of meat? And if pairings are driven by taste, which sounds reasonably, could it be possible that healthy pairings naturally taste better because we've evolved an innate draw towards these powerful combinations? The jury may still be out on that one. Nevertheless, some foods, when taken together, make surprising nutrition sense. Let's take a closer look. 1. Meat and dairy. Some cultures, like Jews, severely restrict their pairing, going so far as to bake it into their scriptural doctrine. Others, like the Masai and the Mongolian nomads, base their diets on meat and milk and actively eat the two together. Are these just arbitrary religious or dietary prescriptions, or is t
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This is an interesting article about food pairings. 

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Foods for nutrition?
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Moving Plants Indoors

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Let's Get Growing
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If you live where Winter is too cold for outdoor plants, this is a good article outlining how to prepare your plants to come indoors.
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Everything you need to know about succulents

Everything you need to know about succulents | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
No matter where you live, there are indoor or outdoor varieties you can rely on.
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Succulents are easy to grow and can fit any situation, indoors or out. So many to choose from. You'll find a great selection at The Herb Cottage.
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Vetiver- Grass of Many Uses, Part 2 | The Herb Cottage

Vetiver- Grass of Many Uses, Part 2 | The Herb Cottage | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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I've published the June Monthly Feature for The Herb Cottage. It's about the health benefits of Vetiver! 

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