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Lots of information about gardening with and using herbs.
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The Best and Worst Plants for People With Allergies - @Redfin

The Best and Worst Plants for People With Allergies - @Redfin | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
If you suffer from allergies, check this list before buying a new plant for your home. Here are the best and worst plants for people with allergies.
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Do you have allergies? Here's a few tips on the best and worst plants to have around you. 
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Ways to Take Care of Your Lawn While on Vacation

Proper care and maintenance of the lawn helps you to get a lawn that looks green and refreshing even when you come back home after a vacation.
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This article is great for people who have a lawn they care about and worry about leaving for an extended vacation. 
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Herbalism: A History - How Herbalists Of The Past Paved The Way For Today

Herbalism: A History - How Herbalists Of The Past Paved The Way For Today | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered how modern-day herbalism came to be? Read on to discover how the history of herbalism paved the way for today.
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Herbalism goes back to pre-recorded time. And, when people began recording, using herbs was one of the aspects of life that was recorded. Here's a timeline of herbalism from The Herbal Academy.
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12 Common Flowers to Plant for the Bees (that are good for us too!)

12 Common Flowers to Plant for the Bees (that are good for us too!) | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Bees are important for the ecosystem and for pollination and sadly they are in decline. Learn about 12 common flowers to plant for the bees. This list of flowers for the bees will make a beautiful pollinator garden that is beneficial for both us and the bees!
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This lovely post from a blog I follow invites us to give bees a chance with 12 common herbs and flowers for your garden or containers. You can find seeds for many of the varieties at The Herb Cottage Seed Pages. 
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Landscaping Tips from the Pros

Get the latest on keeping your landscape in tip top shape!
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This is a lovely and concise article on how to get the most from your landscape.
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Decorate Your Food - Six Spicy Edible Flowers

Decorate Your Food - Six Spicy Edible Flowers | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Edible flowers are beautiful but many of them don’t have a lot of flavor. I like to use edible flowers that have a little spicy kick to them. Not only are they beautiful, but they add a good dollop of flavor to our meals.
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I love edible flowers. This article profiles 6 of them that add a nice piquancy to food.
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The Gardeners Friends on Instagram: “Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear,…”

The Gardeners Friends on Instagram: “Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you need to be clear. If you are not clear,…” | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
70 Likes, 2 Comments - The Gardeners Friends (@thegardenersfriends) on Instagram: “Clarity is the most important thing. I can compare clarity to pruning in gardening. You know, you…”
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If you don't have a clear mind, it is difficult to achieve your goals.
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Herbs

Herbs | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Backyard chicken keeping & herb gardening blog by top-selling author Lisa Steele. Raise healthy flocks naturally. Also coop to kitchen™ recipes.
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This blog post from Herbs for Hen has so much information in it, you'll want to bookmark it and come back to it many times!
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Herbal Finishing Salts

Learn how to make this gourmet product right in your own kitchen! 
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Herbal Finishing Salts from The Herb Cottage.
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A Plant Breeder Explains How GE Techniques Differ from Non-GMO Breeding | Growing Produce

A Plant Breeder Explains How GE Techniques Differ from Non-GMO Breeding | Growing Produce | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
With public concern about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), growers often find themselves trying to explain breeding techniques and how their crops are either non-GMO. Sometimes, however, growers stumble when explaining how GMO breeding differs from modern breeding. Bejo Seeds' Senior Tomato Breeder Doug Heath So American Vegetable Grower® turned to Bejo Seeds Senior Tomato Breeder Doug Heath, asking him to explain how the two methods of breeding differ. "GMOs are a hot topic and very misunderstood by many," Heath says. "It is not odd to fear what is not known, and I wish that there had been much more consumer education regarding GMO crops years ago." Although genetic engineering allows for significant breakthroughs, today's breeders are still making strides, Heath says. "Many modern non-GMO breeding techniques have really helped to speed breeding. Use of molecular markers is one of the main techniques. We breeders are now able to know quickly from a very small piece of leaf
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I found this article very clear and informative. It will help me explain GMO and non-GMO technology to my customers.
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Plant Propagation by Leaf, Cane, and Root Cuttings | NC State Extension Publications

Some, but not all, plants can be propagated from just a leaf or a section of a leaf. Leaf cuttings of most plants will not generate a new plant; the
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I found this article that clearly explains how to do leaf cuttings for propagation of new plants.
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17 Plants You Can Grow at Home for Radiant Skin

17 Plants You Can Grow at Home for Radiant Skin | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Is the answer to your skin care woes hiding in your backyard? Plants and flowers have been used for centuries for medicinal and beauty purposes. The plants sitt
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Here's a well written article with herbs you can easily cultivate at home and how they are so good for your skin. There's such a range, that everyone will be able to grow at least one of these. 
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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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Flowers: 20 Intriguing Ways Flowers Impact Your Health and Wellness

Flowers: 20 Intriguing Ways Flowers Impact Your Health and Wellness | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Flowers have the ability to stimulate the senses—they’re both pleasing to look at as well as to smell their soft fragrances. But did you know that flowers can also have profound impacts on your total health and well-being?
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This is a most interesting article by Gwen Lewis of urbannatuale.com. 
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39 Fascinating Uses and Benefits Of Neem Oil

39 Fascinating Uses and Benefits Of Neem Oil | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Neem oil is a fantastic general-purpose oil that has yet to see widespread use in Western medicine. Here are 39 fascinating neem oil uses.
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If you thought Neem Oil was only used in the garden, you'd be sadly mistaken. This article from the Tips Bulletin has lots more uses to share with you. 
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List of Edible Flowers

List of Edible Flowers | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
This list of edible flowers provides a guide to the amazing number of flowers that can be used in salads, drinks, ice cubes and as amazing cake decorations.
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This is a colorful and informative article about edible flowers. 
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Choosing a grass for your landscape

There are many types of lawn grass. Which one is right for you? 
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Here's an article on different types of grasses to consider for your landscape. Lots of good info for different climates and conditions. 
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– Murder in the Garden!

– Murder in the Garden! | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Did you know there's an entire literary sub-genre devoted to crime in the garden?!
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Do you like garden related murder mysteries? I do!! Here's an article that details why we like them and offers some suggestions for reading, too. 
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Can you identify me? | How to identify 11 common butterfly species

Can you identify me? | How to identify 11 common butterfly species | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

There are more than 17,500 recorded butterfly species around the world. Here's how to identify 11 of the most common butterflies found in the Americas.
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It's fun to identify the colorful butterflies in your yard.
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Watering Your Herb Garden

5 Tips for effective watering in your herb garden.
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Here's a short and sweet article about watering your herb garden. 
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Houseplants to the Rescue

See which houseplants can aid in helping you achieve a more restful night's sleep.
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Houseplants can help you get a better night' sleep. Learn how!
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How To Make Healthy Herbal Jello – LearningHerbs

How To Make Healthy Herbal Jello – LearningHerbs | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Herbal jello is easy to make and delicious. It can be a great way to entice a child to enjoy more herbs! Or a simple and healthy dessert.
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This is wild! Easy to make herbal gelatin dessert. I can think of lots of variations. 
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Wildcrafted “Boursin”: A Tangy, Garlicky, Yogurt Cheese

Wildcrafted “Boursin”: A Tangy, Garlicky, Yogurt Cheese | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
I just love this cheese! Brimming with vitalizing nutrients and gut healthy probiotics, this beautiful "Boursin" yogurt cheese is not only a show stopper at parties, it’s absolutely delicious, easy to make, inexpensive, and really, really good for you. You can make creamy spreadable version (like cream cheese) which is what I've pictured here or…
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This looks so easy! I've made yogurt cheese before, but not like this. Try it!
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How To Make Corn Silk Tea

How To Make Corn Silk Tea | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Corn Silk Tea is a great remedy for people with incontinence and any type of urinary discomfort. If you are prone to urinary tract infections, corn silk is the herb for you. You don’t have to be inflamed to enjoy a cup of corn silk tea though.
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I've not heard of this, but I'm sure going to try it the next time we have fresh corn!
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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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