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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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Lots of information about gardening with and using herbs.
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Growing indoor plants for health and wellness.

How easy it is to grow plants indoors to make your environment healthier and more welcoming.
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Houseplants are more than just fresh decor in your house or office. They serve a vital purpose in the indoor environment.
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Health Benefits and Side Effects of Chia Seeds

Health Benefits and Side Effects of Chia Seeds | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
You've heard of chia seeds and their pottential health benefits, but how good can they be? Let's find out.
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I eat chia seeds several times a week. I know they're good for me, but I had no idea they contained this many benefits. 

Here is more information on Chia Seeds at The Herb Cottage Website: http://www.theherbcottage.com/chia-seeds-tiny-powerhouses/
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The “Herstory” of Food: Gone Missing

The “Herstory” of Food: Gone Missing | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
“When we learned to cook is when we became truly human, but we’ve lost touch with how that food got to our plates.” Michael Pollan in Cooked. As is so often the case with history, the "herstory"  part tends to get left out – and food is no exception. Because while there are as many…
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Anyone interested in food and history, especially the treatment of women in writing about history will find this blog post most interesting.
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2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™

2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
� Asclepias tuberosa - butterfly weed � With all the ”buzz” about bees and butterflies, why not celebrate an excellent plant known for it

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Grow Herbs for the Bugs!

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The Herb Cottage January Newsletter is all about bugs! Use herbs in your gardens to attract good bugs for pollination and to combat the bad bugs. It's easy, effective and you get herbs!
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What's Eating My Plants?

Here's a concise infographic on plant pests! 
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I have posted a great infographic from Safer brand on identifying pests in the garden from the damage they do. Very informative and easy to use!
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4 Fun Horticultural Facts for July - American Nurseryman

4 Fun Horticultural Facts for July - American Nurseryman | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
1. Did you know: that you can avoid all those nasty mosquito-repelling chemicals by crushing and rubbing Callicarpa americana (beautyberry) leaves on your
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There are some fun facts on this page! Using American Beautyberry as a mosquito repellent, Wildflower Lore and Plant Legends. 
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The Herb Cottage Monthly Newsletter

The Herb Cottage monthly newsletter is ready! 
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The latest Herb Cottage Newsletter is ready! 
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2016 Texas Superstar brochures are being distributed throughout Texas | AgriLife Today

2016 Texas Superstar brochures are being distributed throughout Texas | AgriLife Today | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

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Texas Superstars are plants that have been tested throughout the state and been found to grow well, be heat and cold tolerant and beautiful. It's a great list every year. Ask for them at your local, independent nursery.
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Ten Terracotta Tricks

Ten Terracotta Tricks | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Plastic Liners - If you like the look of terracotta pots but hate how quickly they dry out, line them with a plastic pot before planting. The plastic pot will
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Here's another useful article from Ann McCormick, the Herb N' Cowgirl on the many uses of broken terra cotta pots. Don't throw them out! 
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5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant / American Meadows Blog

5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time to Plant / American Meadows Blog | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Although spring is often thought of as the best time to plant, adding perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and shrubs to the garden in the fall gives plants a head start for their f…
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Even though Fall seems a long way off, especially here in Texas, it's not too early to start thinking about planting in the fall.
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Fall the best time to plant?
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DIY Detox Water Recipes and Infused Water

DIY Detox Water Recipes and Infused Water | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Detox water recipes don't require much! Here's how to DIY your infused water and reap the benefits of this tasty beverage.
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So easy! So cost effective! So delicious! So healthful!
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Infused water?
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10 Reasons to Grow Mint (Without Fear)

10 Reasons to Grow Mint (Without Fear) | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Mint has a bad reputation for taking over the garden, for good reason. But, there are many reasons to grow mint in your backyard without fear!
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Do you resist growing mint in your garden? Here's an article that gives you some ideas and tips for growing mint.
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How to Build a Rain Garden

Learn how easy it is to build a rain garden to manage runoff on your property
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Rain Gardens are a great way to manage runoff on your property. Learn how to build this simple type of garden.

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7 Medicinal Herbs for Urban Gardens | Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

7 Medicinal Herbs for Urban Gardens | Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
By Juliet Blankespoor - Before we jump into the best herbs for small spaces, let’s talk about how you can turn your garden into a productive medicinal
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Wonderful article on easy medicinal herbs to grow in your garden.
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Sunflowers! 

Sunflowers!
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The Herb Cottage has posted an informative article on the Sunflower. Learn about its history, uses and how easy they are to grow! 
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Oaks may replace pines in severely burned ‘Lost Pines’ region without human intervention

Oaks may replace pines in severely burned ‘Lost Pines’ region without human intervention | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Caitlyn Cooper, 979-845-3765, caitlyn.cooper@tamu.edu
Dr. Georgianne Moore, 979-845-3765, gwmoore@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Without human help, the “Lost Pines” may lose some of what it is known for after wildfire ripped thr

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Bring Back The Butter: The World's Most Popular Fat

Bring Back The Butter: The World's Most Popular Fat | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
The notion that butter is unhealthy has been floating around since low-fat diets became popular in the 1980s. The evidence for this is flawed, and now butter is making a resurgence.
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I love to cook, especially to bake, and I also use real butter. It was maligned during the 'low fat' craze, but now we know it's not unhealthy at all... in moderation of course. Click on the picture for the whole story!
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Create a Spa Experience at Home With Herbs

Create a Spa Experience at Home With Herbs | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Learn how to harness the spa qualities of herbs to get us through our busy days. This episode includes recipes & DIY tips for a homemade spa experience.
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This podcast inspires herb growers to use their herbs in a home spa experience. Fun!
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7 tiny gardens you can copy at home!

7 tiny gardens you can copy at home! | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Get inspired by these 7 fantastic little gardens, balcony design ideas, and vertical gardening tips for small apartments with limited space!
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Gardening: Some popular ornamental plants would be right at home on a plate

Gardening: Some popular ornamental plants would be right at home on a plate | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Many wild and ornamental plants have more nutritional value than their cultivated counterparts.
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There are some interesting suggestions for edibles here! Hosta shoots cooked like asparagus? You bet! 
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Ornamental edibles?
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Mullein: The Herb for the Lungs

Mullein:  The Herb for the Lungs | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
relieve lung congestion
lung support
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My friend, Ellen Zimmerman, owner of EZ Herbs in Austin, TX has published her latest newsletter while visiting the Colorado Rockies.
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Study Shows Buckwheat Can Help Stifle Squash Pests | Growing Produce

Study Shows Buckwheat Can Help Stifle Squash Pests | Growing Produce | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
To help improve crop production, University of Florida researchers are developing a method to keep squash pests at bay. Why? Florida grows more zucchini squash than anywhere else in America – to the tune of $70 million a year.
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I sell Buckwheat Seed for cover cropping and have always told my customers how well it attracts beneficial insects. Here is a study to back me up.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, July 28, 2016 9:28 AM
Use buckwheat as a cover crop to stop squash beetles? 
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Organic Advice - library

Organic Advice - library | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
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Here is a terrific overview of the many pollinators that inhabit our gardens and landscapes... or would if we didn't use so many toxic products outdoors.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, June 27, 2016 9:32 AM
Organics and  pollinators?
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Why Gardening Therapy Is the New Health Trend

Why Gardening Therapy Is the New Health Trend | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
And the surprising way soil can improve your mental health.
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We know gardening is good for us for a number of reasons. Here is more evidence.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 31, 2016 11:01 AM
New health trend?