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Letter From The Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won't Die | Food Safety News

Letter From The Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won't Die | Food Safety News | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

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This article explains why we should always buy honey from a beekeeper, not the grocery store. Support your local beekeepers!! 

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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus

Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Coleus | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Many new gardeners are starting to plan their first adventure into our crazy, wonderful world. Without a little guidance from seasoned veterans, they often choose seeds and plants that are more cha...
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Engaging article on Coleus plants. Fabulous for containers or to add color to a shady area. Easy and good for beginning gardeners, too!
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Food-A-Pedia

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USDA: Food-A-Pedia: Look up a food to get quick access to nutrition info for over 8,000 foods


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Very cool FREE database to learn about the nutrition content of what you eat... or plan to eat. 

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The Herb Cottage Newsletter

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The latest newsletter from The Herb Cottage is now available. Enjoy!

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Be Informed About Neonicotinoids

Be Informed About Neonicotinoids | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
As most people in our industry are probably well aware by now, there has been a large and, at times, vocal concern raised over the use of neonicotinoids in the greenhouse industry and within all areas of agriculture.

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What this article says to me is more research needs to be done... and in the meantime, these pesticides should be put on hold. 


Read the article and decide for yourself.  

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Aeroponic Tower Garden Boosts Florida School's Science Curriculum

Aeroponic Tower Garden Boosts Florida School's Science Curriculum | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
MULBERRY | Excitement about fruits and vegetables is growing at Purcell Elemen-tary.

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This is a great way to grow plants for people,who have no access to soil or garden areas. It's compact, uses very little water and can even be used indoors. 

 

The the Herb Cottage is now marketing these innovative gardens. For more information, please go to: https://cmeredith.towergarden.com

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Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo

Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Offering free classes to landowners and urban farmers, and families can enjoy the Family Adventure Zone.
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Join us for a day of learning and exploring the outdoors and nature, fun activities for kids old and young. It's free to attend at Lonestar College in The Woodlands.
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The Herb Cottage Newsletter- February 2014

The Herb Cottage Newsletter- February 2014 | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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I've just posted my February newsletter: Rose Hips- What Do I Do With Them?

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On Second Thought Mid-Month Newsletter from Sage Hill Farms~

On Second Thought Mid-Month Newsletter from Sage Hill Farms~ | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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This is an excellent newsletter from Bea Kuntz about why we garden, how important it is.
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Doctor's orders: get out in the garden to save your health - Telegraph

Doctor's orders: get out in the garden to save your health - Telegraph | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
More than just a hobby, a daily dose of digging can extend your life

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Spring is on the way! A perfect time to start getting out in the garden.  Digging, weeding, feeling the sunshine, breathing the open air... all good ways to improve health, strength and vitality. What better way to ramp up your body after a cold, sedentary, indoor winter?

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11 Food Storage Mistakes You're Probably Making

11 Food Storage Mistakes You're Probably Making | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

Good We all make food storage mistakes from time to time. Here are 11 food storage mistakes to nix so you can cut down on food waste and go easy on your budget.

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Good information about smart food storage! 

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Dill is Full of Health-Protecting Nutrients

Dill is Full of Health-Protecting Nutrients | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Dill is an herb that could help in the fight against many illness and health complaints. Here are seven reasons why dill tops the “healthy foods” list.
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My dill survived the recent cold temps in the garden. It's still looking nice and green and fresh. Here in my area of Texas it's a cool season annual. 

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Sara G Blow's curator insight, January 18, 8:48 AM

Good information!  In the past, I have grown dill mainly to feed the black swallowtail caterpillars,  but I also use it in dishes.  To do both use it for the kitchen and feed the caterpillars of black swallowtails, grow some just for them!  

 

I started raising the butterflies after I discovered they descimated my parsley, dill and cilantro.  That way I can put the caterpillars in a protected environment and still have enough of the plants to use for cooking.  

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New peach varieties available in January for home gardens across Texas

New peach varieties available in January for home gardens across Texas | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
COLLEGE STATION — If ever there was a peachy idea for a New Year’s resolution, this is it: plant one of the new varieties of peach or nectarine trees developed specifically for Texas.

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Might have to try this one!

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10 Things You Need To Know About Crazy Ants

10 Things You Need To Know About Crazy Ants | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
The tawny crazy ant is causing nightmares for garden centers and homeowners in Texas and the Southeast.
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Crazy Ants are already in and around the Houston area. Be smart and learn more about them!
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Time to learn more about these...

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Fast, Nutritious Edibles for the Whole Family to Grow

Fast, Nutritious Edibles for the Whole Family to Grow | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Want to eat your own produce without waiting an entire season? Try growing sprouts or microgreens.
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Excellent, concise explanation for growing sprouts and micro greens. Both types of seeds are available at The Herb Cottage in the Vegetable Section: http://theherbcottage.com/seeds1.html
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frenchgardening.com

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a fabulous website full of gardening information for all Gardeners. Rich pictures and good info. 

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Spring Seed Source Guide | The How Do Gardener

Spring Seed Source Guide | The How Do Gardener | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

HereComplete Seed Source Guide table below has an alphabetical listing of many sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains,

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Here's a list of resources for mail order seeds, bulbs, etc. I see The Herb Cottage is NOT on the list. Here's a link to the seeds offered by The Herb Cottage: http://theherbcottage.com/seeds1.html

 

AND, you can always find beautiful, hardy herb plants and vegetable seedlings wherever I am at Market or at The Herb Cottage. For a complete schedule, check my page: http://theherbcottage.com/schedule1.html

 

 

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13 New Tropical Plants For 2014

13 New Tropical Plants For 2014 | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
New tropical varieties are great options for containers and combination planters, and boast bold-colored foliage sure to draw attention to patios and landscapes.

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Don't we love Tropicals for the bold, colorful look they give our gardens and containers? Take a look at these new introductions for 2014. 

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dylan anderson's curator insight, April 9, 11:10 AM

very good slide show my favorite is Echeveria 'Red Ruffles'

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Landscape Grasses Take Container Gardens To A New Level

Landscape Grasses Take Container Gardens To A New Level | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

Many of uIt’s easy to reach for flowers and blooms when thinking combos, but today’s cacophony of color, texture and form in the ornamental grass world makes them ripe for the picking.


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Many of us have realized this for some time. Think Lemon Grass for container combos, too!

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How to make an indoor worm compost bin: Organic Gardening

How to make an indoor worm compost bin: Organic Gardening | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
The process known as vermicomposting is a perfect way to compost kitchen scraps indoors. A worm bin is easy to make and easy to care for. Learn more.
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Here's a clear explanation on doing an indoor worm compost bin. Great for your houseplants, container herb and veggie pots and garden beds!! 

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On Second Thought Mid-Month Newsletter from Sage Hill Farms~

On Second Thought Mid-Month Newsletter from Sage Hill Farms~ | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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This is an excellent newsletter from Bea Kuntz about why we garden, how important it is.
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International Garden Photographer of the Year: winning pictures 2014 - Telegraph

International Garden Photographer of the Year: winning pictures 2014 - Telegraph | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
The stunning winning pictures of this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

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Lovely!

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Lush and low water? It can be beautiful | Central Valley | Merced Sun-Star

Lush and low water? It can be beautiful | Central Valley | Merced Sun-Star | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Drought-tolerant landscaping will be in the spotlight at home expo.

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Beautiful yard! We need to learn more about this here in Texas, for sure.

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Gardening small? Many fruits grow in containers.

Gardening small? Many fruits grow in containers. | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Many fruit growers are going to pots, and small wonder. Containers are great for tight spaces, easy to manage, convenient for harvesting, and provide better soil than is found in most gardens.

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Simple overview of growing fruit in containers.
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