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Great way to use up small amounts of fresh herbs and citrus!

Great way to use up small amounts of fresh herbs and citrus! | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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Nice blog post I came across. Great tips!
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The Joy of May

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Wonderful newsletter from Bea at Sage Hill Gardens.

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The Herb Cottage Newsletter

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I just published The Herb Cottage newsletter on herb tea- go beyond mint!
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Ornamedibles – The Climbers | The Arbor Gate

Ornamedibles – The Climbers | The Arbor Gate | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

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Great article on growing vertically to save space and add interest to any garden. Many veggies included.

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Seeds 101: 4 Pre-Germination Techniques Before Planting Seeds | The Foodie Gardener™

Seeds 101: 4 Pre-Germination Techniques Before Planting Seeds | The Foodie Gardener™ | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Do you really want to sow seeds in the ground or in a container with no "game plan," while you pray that your seeds will germinate? I'm not down for that.
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Good, basic information on pre-germination techniques for seed starting.
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» Fennel and nettle tea

» Fennel and nettle tea | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Brew your own herbal tea from garden plants.
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This is a lovely combination for tea.
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The Herb Cottage Newsletter

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The October issue of The Herb Cottage Newsletter is available. It's a garden tour of the Texas Renaissance Festival.

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Rose Gardening Made Easy, Types Of Roses, Garden Tips For Caring For Rose Bushes

Rose Gardening Made Easy, Types Of Roses, Garden Tips For Caring For Rose Bushes | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Rose gardening made easy, creative ideas for gardening with roses, different types of roses, pictures of beautiful flowerbeds with roses and rose garden designs
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Very complete information about growing roses. Lovely pictures, too!
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The Herb Cottage Newsletter

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The Herb Cottage September Newsletter is now available. All about the lovely herb Chamomile.

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Cooking with Herbs

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Boost the flavor quotient of your meals by becoming an expert at cooking with herbs, with our useful guide to culinary herbs.
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Learn easy ways to use your herbs in cooking. 

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For the Bees!

For the Bees! | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

 

Since 2006 we have heard about the unfortunate loss of honey bee colonies in North America and elsewhere. The decline in the number of bees is both shocking and frightening and blamed on a number of causes.

 

I want to emphasize that every single gardener can make a difference! Even if you plant just one more container of flowers than you have in previous years, you can help! The Herb Cottage has a lot of appropriate varieties to help you help the bees! Many of the packets that attract bees are marked as such!

 

Plant flowers with open petals and upright stamens for easy access by our pollen-loving friends (Cosmos, Coneflowers).Choose flowers that are heavy pollen producers (penstemon, salvia).Some herbs provide food for insects as well as humans so add them to your garden also (Oregano).Limit or eliminate pesticide usage.Plant cover crops and use compost rather than relying on synthetic fertilizers.Make sure your garden blooms from very early spring to late fall to provide food as long as possible.If you have open spaces like fields, road sides, etc. plant with native wildflower mixes.Provide shelter from the elements such as standing grasses, flower stalks, shrubs, etc. Not all weeds need to be eradicated; see if the bees and butterflies are enjoying the buffet they offer and if they are, leave them be!

And remember, all of the seeds at The Herb Cottage are NON - Gmo and none of the seeds are treated with pesticides! 

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4 Reasons Farmers' Markets Should be Your Top Shopping Spot

4 Reasons Farmers' Markets Should be Your Top Shopping Spot | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

A nice Farmers' Markets are incredibly rich in community, healthy and local food. Here's why you should make them your top shopping spot!

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A reminder about why shopping at Farmers' Markets is a good idea.. and it's fun!

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Radio tags reveal how pesticides are impairing bumblebees' ability to forage

Radio tags reveal how pesticides are impairing bumblebees' ability to forage | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

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Yet another reason to reduce the use of chemical pesticides!
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The Herb Cottage Newsletter

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The Herb Cottage May 2015 Newsletter is all about the value of Vetiver Grass. 

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Foliar Feeding & DrenchingDirt Doctor Howard Garrett Organic Gardening, Home, Health, Pet Care, Pest Control, Compost, Nutrition, Environment

Foliar Feeding & DrenchingDirt Doctor Howard Garrett Organic Gardening, Home, Health, Pet Care, Pest Control, Compost, Nutrition, Environment | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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Good article from Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor, on Foliar Feeding as a fertilizing technique.
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Herb to Know: Mexican Mint Marigold

Herb to Know: Mexican Mint Marigold | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Mexican Mint Marigold thrives in the hot, humid South, where many herbs languish, its small, bright flowers blossom in fall when other herbs have played out for the season, its licorice-anise flavor is a successful stand-in for French tarragon, and it looks good in the garden.
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Wonderful article on Mexican Mint Marigold, it's many uses and how to grow it.

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The Herb Cottage Newsletter

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Here's the January newsletter from The Herb Cottage. It's about Savory, the Herb of the Year for 2015.
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EZ HERBS: Nettle, Urtica dioica, is a common plant

EZ HERBS: Nettle, Urtica dioica, is a common plant | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Nettle, Urtica dioica, is a common plant which grows in waste ground and likes to grow near human habitations.
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More uses for that versatile and under used herb Nettle. Great for easing symptoms of seasonal allergies!
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Herbs Fresh Cut Potted Basil Mint Sage - Rocket Farms

Herbs Fresh Cut Potted Basil Mint Sage  - Rocket Farms | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
One of the largest wholesale greenhouse growers in the country growing and supplying a full range of edible herbs, fruits and vegetables. High quality, indoor, fresh cut and potted herbs include basil, mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, parsley, chives, and oregano.
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Easy to understand info on some of the most common herbs used in our kitchens. Nice digital format, too!

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Crop Rotation in the Home Garden | The How Do Gardener

Crop Rotation in the Home Garden | The How Do Gardener | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Use crop rotation in your home garden to increase the health and production of your vegetables.
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This is an excellent easy to understand article on crop rotation.
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Healing Garden Salve

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Every year, I learn more from my garden. New plants grow, old friends die. It brings me closer to the cycle of life and reminds me of the great mystery that encompasses our planet and all beings. E...
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Very nice article on making salve from the herbs in your garden.
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Grow Kale Inside Shipping Containers, With This Hipster Aquaponics Design

Grow Kale Inside Shipping Containers, With This Hipster Aquaponics Design | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
How to grow a salad in a very large box. (Grow kale inside shipping containers, with this hipster aquaponics design.

Via Paul Winski
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Lots of light needed, but still a good idea.

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The One Thing The Food Industry Won't Tell You

The One Thing The Food Industry Won't Tell You | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Slate' Criticizes the 'Home-Cooked Family Dinner': Joel Salatin RespondsBy Joel SalatinTags: Joel Salatin, family dinner, home cooking, SlateVictimhood escalates to stratospheric whining with Amand...
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Excellent blog post regarding our upside down values when it comes to home cooked, real food.
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The Wild & Weedy Kitchen: Making Dandelion Tincture

The Wild & Weedy Kitchen: Making Dandelion Tincture | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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You can make your own tincture, too! I love the Wild & Weedy Kitchen!
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