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20 Antibacterial and Antiviral Herbs

And how to use them
Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 3:56 PM

A wonderful look at the various herbs and plants that have antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Possible plants for you to consider growing in your garden.


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How to Grow and Look After Winter Herbs

Protecting your plants this winter
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 3:54 PM

Tips and ideas on how best to overwinter and protect your herb plants during the cold winter months.


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Planted Herbs

Herbs for Every Herb Garden

Tips for selecting and planting your first herb garden
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:19 AM

Last year I moved my herb garden right next to my front door, and just off my front walkway. This made it extremely convenient to harvest fresh herbs for cooking as I needed them. I also installed an herb spiral to allow for a wide diversity of herbs to be placed in a small area. Denise and I definitely used more herbs, just because of the convenience factor. Denise can pick herbs without having to put on any outdoor shoes. I did make one mistake when I installed my herb garden. I transplanted some St. Johns Wort very close to my front step. » Read more

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Growing Herb Spiral

How to Build an Herb Spiral: Part 2

A guide for what to plant
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:13 PM

An herb spiral is not meant for large scale production. It is meant to provide many different microclimates in a small space. This is beneficial because you can pack many different varieties of herbs into a small space close to your kitchen, so you can conveniently pick them as you need them. It is also garden feature that can be admired simply for its beauty. » Read more

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Edible Weeds

Herbal medicine chest in your backyard
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 8:03 PM

A number of great ideas for creating a medicinal garden from the weeds that already grow in your garden.


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Triolife Garden Tower

An interesting vertical garden planter
Monday, March 4, 2013, 2:16 PM

A unique shape and design for a vertical garden box / planter.  With a miter saw and the proper math, this design could make a great DIY project for those with limited space or visions of upward growing. 


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Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

A great set of herbs to start growing in the garden
Friday, February 15, 2013, 4:29 PM

A list of the top 10 anti-inflammatory herbs to get started in your medicinal garden.  Plus they make a wonderful addition to your culinary garden.


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Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

A cooperative board game
Friday, February 1, 2013, 8:34 PM

A fun game my kids got for the holidays that provides a lot of learning opportunities for the whole family.  Thanks to Adam's misfortune with poison oak and readers comments on cures, I actually new the best use for Jewelweed while playing the game. 

Here is the Amazon description: 

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game is a cooperative board game that teaches edible and medicinal Plants. Wildcraft! teaches 25 important edible and medicinal plants and their uses in mostly first aid situations. (Wildcrafting is the harvesting of wild plants). Players learn about plants by connecting the icon on the challenge or "trouble" cards with the icons on the plant cards. If a player has a "burdock" card in their herb basket and draws a "hungry" card, then the player can turn the cards in and move to the next rest space. Though it is a cooperative game, there is plenty of strategy and drama as players travel up the mountain to the Huckleberry Patch and back to Grandma's before nightfall. The only way to get back safely is to help each other out. However, it's ok if you don't make it. Grandma will come and get you. :) Wildcraft! is a great introduction to the world of edible and medicinal herbs for children of ALL ages. It's a beautifully illustrated, nature based, educational, cooperative game created in the tradition of the classic board games. Kids love the "Chutes and Ladders" type of play.Wildcraft! features storytelling and fosters the imagination. It's one of the best natures games, being that it connects kids to nature. It's an herb game and an educational game. Wildcraft! includes a 20x20 inch game board, instructions, 4 player pieces, 52 plant cards, 52 trouble cards, 25 cooperative cards, and a spinner. It also comes with a downloadable story to enhance the story of the game. Wildcraft! is made in the U.S.A. and made with green materials. It was chosen one of the Top Natural Toys of 2008 by Mothering Magazine. One to four players, ages 4 to adult. No prior knowledge of plants or herbs is needed. No reading is required for younger players.

A great gift for the young people in your life: Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, a cooperative board game

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Herb Reference

Healing herbs reference database
Monday, January 21, 2013, 8:06 PM

Information you can use to prevent and even help reverse degenerative disease.


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5 Herbs & Tinctures That Everyone Needs

For the home and your grab & go bag
Friday, January 11, 2013, 4:22 PM

A few practical herbs and tinctures to have on hand for medicinal use and emergency situations.