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How to Grow Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are beautiful, colorful flowering plants that are pest resistant and disease resistant. They make beautiful dried flower arrangements, and come in many different varieties. You will need to know the hydrangea selections that will do well in your particular zone. The Plant Hardiness Zone Map and your local nursery or the knowledgeable gardeners in your area…

How to Grow Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a small perennial herb plant that has a lone raspberry-like berry holding up to 30 seeds. The Native Americans treated skin diseases, eye inflammations, and wounds with goldenseal. Today, it still enjoys multiple uses, among them as a medicinal herb. Quite often, it is prepared in combination with another medicinal herb, echinacea. Cultivation The basic method of growing…

How to Compost Horse Manure

If you own a horse, you have horse manure. Add the weight of the horse, say a thousand pounds, to the bedding material, and you will probably get about 750 cubic feet of horse manure and composting material each year. Learn to compost the horse manure, and it will do wonders for your garden and…

8 Herbaceous Perennials That Are Perfect for Beginners

Herbaceous perennials are plants with soft green stems that usually die in the winter, while their roots thrive underground allowing regrowth in the spring. Most perennials are herbaceous. They are a great foundation for your garden, bringing many showy blooms and good ground cover. What is a Perennial? Perennials are ornamental plants that stick around from year to…

All About Bees and How to Attract Them

Honeybees and other pollinators are paramount to our food supply production. The USDA estimates that the honeybees are accountable for ALL but 20% of our crop pollination and that 33% of our food consumption come from insect-pollinated crops. Of the over 19,000 familiar bee species, the Apis Mellifera (western honeybee) is used generally for pollinating…

The Basics of Cooking with Herbs and Spices

If you want added flavor, aroma, and beauty, learn how to cook with herbs and spices. For clarification, herbs are usually taken from the leafy parts of a plant whilst spices are from seeds, roots, stems, buds, and bark. Below are some of the more common herbs and spices to complement your dishes. Basil This herb is an appetite booster.…

Home Canning: The Basics

Home canning is an integral part of provident living. The practice gives you the satisfaction and peace of mind of having food for your family even during stressful times. An Invitation! If you have not done so, we invite you to try your hand at home canning. Grow your own garden and process those fruits…