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How to Dry and Store Herbs

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How to Dry and Store Herbs

By Melissa K. Norris

This is a guest post from a friend and colleague Melissa K. Norris, we urge you to visit her website for more great articles and insight like this one.

Herbs are a great addition to any homestead and home garden. While many homesteaders focus on a large vegetable garden in their quest to being self-sufficiency, I find an herb garden is just as important.

Unlike vegetable gardens, you need very little space to start an herb garden. A windowsill, large pot, or between flowers are all excellent spots to tuck in an herb plant or two. Check Out The Rest of “How to Dry and Store Herbs” →

It's Time To Meet The Cole's

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Meet the Cole family – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprouts. There are more but these are the most common for home gardeners. All are from the Brassica oleracea family, but different groups. They are all Very Hardy plants and thrive in the cold weather. Since they all grow similarly, with the same basic conditions we wanted to introduce all of these. Common traits: They should be planted in Check Out The Rest of “It’s Time To Meet The Cole’s” →

The Magic Of Marigolds

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The Magic of Marigolds

Most folks know of the Marigold, many look at it as a filler for their flower garden, doesn’t smell very good, if at all, but it is colorful so I’ll use it here or there to fill in the gaps. They are a mainstay of gardeners everywhere.

Well I’m here to tell you that little flower has more uses than you may know.
Marigolds are super easy to grow,  have a long growing season, brings beneficial insects to your gardens in droves,  and most of all Check Out The Rest of “The Magic Of Marigolds” →

Growing up, growing food: A teenage farmer to watch

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By Darcy Smith
Photo credit:Sara Dent

Think you don’t regret all those high school afternoons wasted at the mall or the skate park? Just wait till you meet Sophia Vartanian, a Vancouver, B.C.-based urban farmer. At 16 years old, her resume is already more impressive than some twice her age. On the day we spoke, she was busy wrestling a solar panel project into fruition, laying the groundwork for Check Out The Rest of “Growing up, growing food: A teenage farmer to watch” →

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