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Lots of information about gardening with and using herbs.
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What is “porous pavement” and how does that help soils capture and clean water?

What is “porous pavement” and how does that help soils capture and clean water? | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Porous pavement can look just like regular pavement, but it has an important environmental benefit. It allows water to trickle down through the usually impermeable street or sidewalk. This means the water can be naturally filtered by the soil, and does not have to be transported to storm drains and eventually main waterways. There are…
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We should all be more aware of this and encourage our cities to use porous pavers and other types of hardscape.
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Plants NOT for Cats

Plants NOT for Cats
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We all love our cats and want them to be healthy. Here is a handy infographic listing plants that are NOT healthy for cats... and some that are. 
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Tuesday Tip: How to Live Green in Your Dorm Room

Tuesday Tip: How to Live Green in Your Dorm Room | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
If you’re someone who cares about our planet (which obviously you are if you’re reading this blog)—we have good news: it’s easy to bring along an environment-friendly lifestyle when you go off to college. Here are a few tips for doing that.
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If you have college students in the family or are a college student yourself, here are some tips to live a greener lifestyle in a dorm room. 
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What Is Companion Planting? A Guide for Beginners | Budget Dumpster

What Is Companion Planting? A Guide for Beginners | Budget Dumpster | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
We all get by with a little help from our friends – and plants are no different. Learn more about companion planting, and how to do it successfully in your garden.
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The Herb Cottage contributed to this wonderful Companion Planting Guide.
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Hypertufa Creations at The Herb Cottage 

Hypertufa Pots at The Herb Cottage. 
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I just published a blog post on how I make my hypertufa pots. 
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Building Your Own Keyhole Garden - Dave's Garden

Building Your Own Keyhole Garden - Dave's Garden | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Keyhole gardening has a lot of benefits to offer those that love working with raised beds.
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Keyhole gardens take some effort to build, but are very efficient and water saving. 
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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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8 Holistic Ways to Boost Your Oral Health

8 Holistic Ways to Boost Your Oral Health | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
8 Holistic Ways to Boost Your Oral Health; Are you worried about your oral health? Then a holistic approach to oral health care may be the right dental
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Oral health is so important and we often overlook it. 
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Holy Basil health benefits: Here’s why you should add Tulasi or Tulsi to your daily diet

Holy Basil health benefits: Here’s why you should add Tulasi or Tulsi to your daily diet | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Holy Basil, known as Tulsi or Tulasi in Hindi, has many health benefits, ranging from weight loss to preventing respiratory infections. The Queen of Herbs is also known for its ability to reduce stress levels.
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Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is one of my favorite herbs. I try and drink some Tulsi Tea daily for good health 
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10 Reasons to Grow Basil

10 Reasons to Grow Basil | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Basil is a common herb that is most often used in the kitchen. Learn about ten reasons to grow basil for your garden and for your health!
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Here is a wonderful article about why to grow basil from one of my favorite Blogs- Grow, Forage, Cook, Ferment. As if we needed more reasons to grow basil! Some of this information might surprise you!
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Blue Porterweed, Bottom Up!

Blue Porterweed, Bottom Up! | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it

Blue Porterweed

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Blue Porterweed is one of my favorite Summer flowers. I had no ideas the leaves were used for tea and the flowers have a mild mushroom flavor. Tea from the flowers can be fermented into a dark, beer-like beverage. I'll be trying that! Maybe some Porterweed Mead might be in the making. 

There is a variety native to Florida, which I didn't know. I lost my big plant last Winter and didn't replace it (yet) this year. I'll be on the lookout for one now for sure!
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It's Time to Start Your Compost Pile

It's Time to Start Your Compost Pile | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Conserve water, reduce waste, and save money by composting.
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Composting isn't hard and you get wonderfully nutritious soil from it. 
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How do soil microbes influence nutrient availability?

How do soil microbes influence nutrient availability? | From The Herb Cottage | Scoop.it
Soil is rich with biological diversity and complexity that is not immediately apparent to the un-aided eye. Without a strong microscope, you wouldn’t know that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of organisms in a handful of soil. Bacteria, archaea, algae, and fungi play critical roles in the growth and well-being of plants.…
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Learn more about soil microbes in this interesting article. 
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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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