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What Is No Till Farming? And Why Do Farmers Do It?

What Is No Till Farming? And Why Do Farmers Do It?

Until recently in human agricultural history, soil tilling was done by hand. Eventually, machine technology advanced so that tilling machines could be manually pulled by animals. Today, a wide variety of motorized and fully mechanical tilling machines exist. While...

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Rhubarb Benefits, Uses, and the Holy Grail of Pie

Rhubarb Benefits, Uses, and the Holy Grail of Pie

A traditional summer delicacy for some and a culinary curiosity for others, rhubarb has a reputation for both its tangy flavor and mystique. Although it rarely makes its way to the table, it adds both taste and nutrition when it does. Rhubarb even boasts an array of...

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St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

Cheery yellow blooms and powerful medicinal properties make St. John’s Wort a beloved plant in any herbalist garden. Botanically known as Hypericum perforatum, this plant is native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. Today it can be found all over the...

read more
Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage flowers provide delightful splashes of blue for your garden. They attract loads of pollinators, have edible leaves and flowers, and are a medicinal herb. All around, borage, also sometimes called starflower, is a top choice for gardeners around the world. It is...

read more
A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

As a plant geek and gardener, I get asked 'what are perennials?' all the time. Usually, plant identification is tricky and full of inconsistencies and surprises. Luckily, perennial identification is straightforward. The concept of a perennial plant is easy to grasp!...

read more
Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

If you remember much from elementary school, you know bees are important. One of planet earth’s beloved beneficial pollinators, these busybodies transfer pollen between plants, increase yields of crops and create the tantalizingly sweet and earthy elixir known as...

read more
5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

Plants, unlike animals, can’t run or hide when predators come looking for food. Instead, many plants have evolved to be extremely poisonous. Poisonous plants have evolved chemical defenses to make their leaves unpalatable to potential herbivores. The leaves can simply...

read more
Top Uses for Ginseng

Top Uses for Ginseng

[Disclaimer: Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Be sure to consult with a physician before incorporating any new treatment - herbal or otherwise.]     Perhaps you love its aromatic, earthy flavor in meals or tea or you’ve seen it...

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How to Use Andrographis (For Health Benefits)

How to Use Andrographis (For Health Benefits)

When it comes to preventative health care and holistic remedies, plants continue to shape our perspective on surviving and thriving. Through millennia, our scientific understanding of medicine and treatment has made wild leaps and bounds. All progress is deeply rooted...

read more
New Guinea Is the World’s Richest Island for Plants

New Guinea Is the World’s Richest Island for Plants

A new study has revealed that New Guinea has the most plant diversity of any island in the world. The discovery has been made by a team of experts including Professor Michael Sundue from the University of Vermont (UVM). The results of the study show that New Guinea...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Plant Pots

The Beginner’s Guide to Plant Pots

Houseplants are decorations that liven up any indoor or outdoor space. While some plants are able to survive out of the soil, most plants need some type of earthen medium to grow. If you want to grow a plant anywhere but the ground, you’ll need some type of plant pot...

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Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Echinacea, also known as coneflower, may be the most widely used herbal plant native to the United States. Even folks who know nothing about herbalism have likely heard of echinacea. Indigenous peoples use echinacea for a variety of illnesses and have for hundreds of...

read more
Most Popular Thank You Flowers

Most Popular Thank You Flowers

Saying thank you can feel like a big undertaking. Maybe a mentor has helped you blossom in your career or a friend lent you some extra support in a time of need. In any case, giving thank you flowers can be a meaningful way to let someone know that you feel grateful...

read more
An Introduction to Gourmet Mushrooms

An Introduction to Gourmet Mushrooms

Gourmet mushrooms have made their way into cuisines across the globe. Their unorthodox shapes, textures, and tastes make them great to add to dishes and give food that extra kick. Many gourmet mushrooms are grown on small scales, but some can only be harvested from...

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You Should Be Excited About Grassland Plants!

You Should Be Excited About Grassland Plants!

Grassland plants don't get enough attention from conservationists, writers, filmmakers, or policymakers. Most people know next to nothing about grasslands, other than the obvious fact that they are grassy. I'm here to show you that grasslands are dynamic places full...

read more
Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage flowers provide delightful splashes of blue for your garden. They attract loads of pollinators, have edible leaves and flowers, and are a medicinal herb. All around, borage, also sometimes called starflower, is a top choice for gardeners around the world. It is...

read more
Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

If you remember much from elementary school, you know bees are important. One of planet earth’s beloved beneficial pollinators, these busybodies transfer pollen between plants, increase yields of crops and create the tantalizingly sweet and earthy elixir known as...

read more
How to Use Andrographis (For Health Benefits)

How to Use Andrographis (For Health Benefits)

When it comes to preventative health care and holistic remedies, plants continue to shape our perspective on surviving and thriving. Through millennia, our scientific understanding of medicine and treatment has made wild leaps and bounds. All progress is deeply rooted...

read more
New Guinea Is the World’s Richest Island for Plants

New Guinea Is the World’s Richest Island for Plants

A new study has revealed that New Guinea has the most plant diversity of any island in the world. The discovery has been made by a team of experts including Professor Michael Sundue from the University of Vermont (UVM). The results of the study show that New Guinea...

read more
Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Having become one of the most popular house plants, often because of their purported ease to care for, there’s another reason to appreciate these funky plants. In contrast to their globular shapes and spikey flesh, cactus flowers display an unparalleled beauty. Beyond...

read more
7 Beautiful Flowering Trees and How to Identify Them

7 Beautiful Flowering Trees and How to Identify Them

Flowering trees are everywhere - on the sidewalk, in your backyard, in parks, and deep in the forest! Flowering trees are types of angiosperms, a group of plants characterized by bearing flowers and fruit. These traits are not shared by gymnosperms, which include...

read more
Helpful Tips for Tree Leaf Identification

Helpful Tips for Tree Leaf Identification

Just like how knowing the names of neighbors makes you feel part of a community, identifying the trees in your yard or on nature hikes can similarly make you feel more connected to your local landscapes. But how do you start identifying trees? Botanists use everything...

read more
Easy-to-Understand Angiosperm Lifecycle Example

Easy-to-Understand Angiosperm Lifecycle Example

Angiosperm lifecycles - sounds a bit intimidating if you’re not an aspiring biology teacher. No need to worry. Let’s break it down with some definitions and easy-to-understand examples. Before long, you might even become a neighborhood expert at spotting angiosperms...

read more
What Is a Borage Flower?

What Is a Borage Flower?

In fields around the world, often dotted along the edge of forests there is a large, brilliantly blue flower: the borage flower. This spectacular plant has amazed people from around the world for centuries. Its color and many uses make it an ideal crop. Today, let’s...

read more
Intro to the Fungi Life Cycle

Intro to the Fungi Life Cycle

What are fungi? Some of these organisms are too small to see with the human eye. Some, like the honey fungus, are amongst the largest organisms on the planet. Fungi are all around us, in bread, in beer, and even in the walls of your home. This diverse class of...

read more
Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

A trip to the tropics is a must-do for any nature-loving person. The biological diversity will blow just about anyone's mind. No matter what time of year you go, you’re bound to see some pretty amazing plant and animal life. But, there are certainly some seasonal tips...

read more
Can You Use Aloe Vera for Acne?

Can You Use Aloe Vera for Acne?

Aloe vera is a succulent that is a popular treatment for various skin conditions, particularly sunburns. In addition, people use aloe vera to treat acne. This practice shows some great promise. Studies have found that aloe vera is effective in combination with more...

read more
7 of the Coolest Savanna Plants

7 of the Coolest Savanna Plants

When thinking of the savanna, lions, elephants, and zebras might first come to mind. These are the animals that end up on nature documentaries and become the stars of an African safari expedition. But what about the plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers that each of...

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Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida is a state teeming with biodiversity. With the nickname “The Sunshine State,” Florida must have loads of sun-loving plant life - and indeed it does! Although there are thousands of plant species native to the state, a handful of them are quite characteristic...

read more
A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

As a plant geek and gardener, I get asked 'what are perennials?' all the time. Usually, plant identification is tricky and full of inconsistencies and surprises. Luckily, perennial identification is straightforward. The concept of a perennial plant is easy to grasp!...

read more
5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

Plants, unlike animals, can’t run or hide when predators come looking for food. Instead, many plants have evolved to be extremely poisonous. Poisonous plants have evolved chemical defenses to make their leaves unpalatable to potential herbivores. The leaves can simply...

read more
Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Some plants seem to have traveled through time, alongside Homo sapiens every step of the way. Wherever we explore, live our lives, and build societies, some plants are right there too - quietly providing support throughout the generations. Mugwort is one of those...

read more
A Slightly Obsessive Guide to Raspberry Identification

A Slightly Obsessive Guide to Raspberry Identification

If you came to this page for an easy answer for identifying the raspberries in your neighborhood, you may want to turn around. Raspberries present botanists with some of the most challenging identification problems in the world. As a layperson, using the simple term...

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Having become one of the most popular house plants, often because of their purported ease to care for, there’s another reason to appreciate these funky plants. In contrast to their globular shapes and spikey flesh, cactus flowers display an unparalleled beauty. Beyond...

read more
Helpful Tips for Tree Leaf Identification

Helpful Tips for Tree Leaf Identification

Just like how knowing the names of neighbors makes you feel part of a community, identifying the trees in your yard or on nature hikes can similarly make you feel more connected to your local landscapes. But how do you start identifying trees? Botanists use everything...

read more
Intro Guide to Identifying Wild Berries

Intro Guide to Identifying Wild Berries

Eating wild berries while out on a walk or hike is a summer delight. These juicy treats quench thirst on hot days, can be baked into decadent pies, and are packed with healthy vitamins and antioxidants. If you want to dive into foraging, there is no better place to...

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How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

So you’re ready to invest in some plants! That’s an exciting place to be and there are endless directions to go. Whether you are starting a brand new garden, filling in a balcony pot, or adding to last year’s landscaping efforts, it’s probably time to head to a...

read more
Most Popular Cactus Trees 

Most Popular Cactus Trees 

Whether you’re interested in cacti for their historical, religious, and medicinal aspects, or simply looking for a low-maintenance house plant to set on your windowsill, there is plenty to learn from this strange and spiky plant. While some species of cacti grow tall...

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Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

A trip to the tropics is a must-do for any nature-loving person. The biological diversity will blow just about anyone's mind. No matter what time of year you go, you’re bound to see some pretty amazing plant and animal life. But, there are certainly some seasonal tips...

read more
How to Find Morel Mushrooms (and Avoid False Morels)

How to Find Morel Mushrooms (and Avoid False Morels)

Most tasty mushrooms fruit in summer and fall. Morels, however, come out at the beginning of spring.   Where, Oh Where, Are These Tasty Treats?   Mushroom hunters can be very secretive people. Don't be offended if they avoid telling you their favorite...

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How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

Mushrooms are one of the most highly sought after wild foods. Some of the world's tastiest gourmet mushrooms are only found in the wild, and we haven't figured out how to cultivate them yet! People all over the globe spend hours and hours “hunting” for wild gourmet...

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Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

For most people living in an urban environment, fresh produce and edible plants are something you buy at stores. We operate under the assumption that farmers sell their crops to suppliers, who then transport it to cities, and then, somewhat miraculously, these...

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How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

Oh, lovely, lovely mushrooms. Chanterelles are some of the most coveted mushrooms by chefs, along with truffles and morels. Did you know that all chanterelles in the world are harvested from the wild? We haven't figured out a way to farm these kinds of mushrooms....

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Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida is a state teeming with biodiversity. With the nickname “The Sunshine State,” Florida must have loads of sun-loving plant life - and indeed it does! Although there are thousands of plant species native to the state, a handful of them are quite characteristic...

read more
Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

If you remember much from elementary school, you know bees are important. One of planet earth’s beloved beneficial pollinators, these busybodies transfer pollen between plants, increase yields of crops and create the tantalizingly sweet and earthy elixir known as...

read more
You Should Be Excited About Grassland Plants!

You Should Be Excited About Grassland Plants!

Grassland plants don't get enough attention from conservationists, writers, filmmakers, or policymakers. Most people know next to nothing about grasslands, other than the obvious fact that they are grassy. I'm here to show you that grasslands are dynamic places full...

read more
What Is the History of Botany?

What Is the History of Botany?

Botany boasts one of the richest histories of all the natural sciences. However, few people understand it’s history. What is the history of botany?

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The 5 Most Famous Botanists in History

The 5 Most Famous Botanists in History

Botany is the study of plants - everything from plant anatomy, to ecology, to ethnobotany. By its modern definition, botany is a field that originates from the 18th century. Scientists started to create different classifications of plants and rigid systems by which to...

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Easy-to-Understand Angiosperm Lifecycle Example

Easy-to-Understand Angiosperm Lifecycle Example

Angiosperm lifecycles - sounds a bit intimidating if you’re not an aspiring biology teacher. No need to worry. Let’s break it down with some definitions and easy-to-understand examples. Before long, you might even become a neighborhood expert at spotting angiosperms...

read more
Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

The rose flower: poets write of it, lovers smell bouquets, gardeners grow it. Arguably the most famous flower in popular culture, roses are displayed on street corners, in artwork, on clothing, and placed carefully in a vase on the kitchen table. The presence of roses...

read more
Intro to the Fungi Life Cycle

Intro to the Fungi Life Cycle

What are fungi? Some of these organisms are too small to see with the human eye. Some, like the honey fungus, are amongst the largest organisms on the planet. Fungi are all around us, in bread, in beer, and even in the walls of your home. This diverse class of...

read more
What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What do you know about the lily flower? You may have seen it in a vase, a front yard, or perhaps a botanic garden. If it was in the summertime, you may have noticed the enormous, colorful six-petaled blooms that makes this flower famous. Maybe you even have a friend...

read more
Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida is a state teeming with biodiversity. With the nickname “The Sunshine State,” Florida must have loads of sun-loving plant life - and indeed it does! Although there are thousands of plant species native to the state, a handful of them are quite characteristic...

read more
How to Be Smart While Foraging for Food

How to Be Smart While Foraging for Food

Foraging is a fun way to gather your own food from nature - all for free! One of the beauties of the natural world is the bounty of food just waiting to be collected and eaten. This bounty is not just for animals like deer or squirrels. Us humans can take advantage of...

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History of the Poppy Flower

History of the Poppy Flower

The history of the poppy flower is a rich one. The popular plant is not only famous for its pretty flowers, but also for its use in the production of a highly addictive drug called opium. It also allows us to produce some of the most important medicine in the world,...

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What Is the Best Rope Plant?

What Is the Best Rope Plant?

Plants have provided humans with some of the most important tool-making materials since the dawn of man. Indeed, wood and other plant products are an absolute necessity when going about our daily lives. We often take for granted just how many tools and materials are...

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How To Get Started Urban Farming

How To Get Started Urban Farming

Urban farming is a growing movement around the world. Grandmothers, children, teachers, and punks alike can be found babying a pepper plant or picking off rosemary leaves for dinner. Plants and food connect us deeply to our homes and our communities. But when it comes...

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Vine Plant Identification 101

Vine Plant Identification 101

Vines make an excellent addition to many gardens, indoor or outdoor. They can also pose threats to native vegetation by becoming extremely invasive and choking out other plants. No matter the type of vine, it’s nice to be able to identify the most common ones. That’s...

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St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

Cheery yellow blooms and powerful medicinal properties make St. John’s Wort a beloved plant in any herbalist garden. Botanically known as Hypericum perforatum, this plant is native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. Today it can be found all over the...

read more
Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage flowers provide delightful splashes of blue for your garden. They attract loads of pollinators, have edible leaves and flowers, and are a medicinal herb. All around, borage, also sometimes called starflower, is a top choice for gardeners around the world. It is...

read more
A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

As a plant geek and gardener, I get asked 'what are perennials?' all the time. Usually, plant identification is tricky and full of inconsistencies and surprises. Luckily, perennial identification is straightforward. The concept of a perennial plant is easy to grasp!...

read more
Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

Bees and Agriculture: A Love Story

If you remember much from elementary school, you know bees are important. One of planet earth’s beloved beneficial pollinators, these busybodies transfer pollen between plants, increase yields of crops and create the tantalizingly sweet and earthy elixir known as...

read more
5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

Plants, unlike animals, can’t run or hide when predators come looking for food. Instead, many plants have evolved to be extremely poisonous. Poisonous plants have evolved chemical defenses to make their leaves unpalatable to potential herbivores. The leaves can simply...

read more
Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Echinacea, also known as coneflower, may be the most widely used herbal plant native to the United States. Even folks who know nothing about herbalism have likely heard of echinacea. Indigenous peoples use echinacea for a variety of illnesses and have for hundreds of...

read more
Most Popular Thank You Flowers

Most Popular Thank You Flowers

Saying thank you can feel like a big undertaking. Maybe a mentor has helped you blossom in your career or a friend lent you some extra support in a time of need. In any case, giving thank you flowers can be a meaningful way to let someone know that you feel grateful...

read more
Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Some plants seem to have traveled through time, alongside Homo sapiens every step of the way. Wherever we explore, live our lives, and build societies, some plants are right there too - quietly providing support throughout the generations. Mugwort is one of those...

read more
Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Having become one of the most popular house plants, often because of their purported ease to care for, there’s another reason to appreciate these funky plants. In contrast to their globular shapes and spikey flesh, cactus flowers display an unparalleled beauty. Beyond...

read more
7 Beautiful Flowering Trees and How to Identify Them

7 Beautiful Flowering Trees and How to Identify Them

Flowering trees are everywhere - on the sidewalk, in your backyard, in parks, and deep in the forest! Flowering trees are types of angiosperms, a group of plants characterized by bearing flowers and fruit. These traits are not shared by gymnosperms, which include...

read more
Easy-to-Understand Angiosperm Lifecycle Example

Easy-to-Understand Angiosperm Lifecycle Example

Angiosperm lifecycles - sounds a bit intimidating if you’re not an aspiring biology teacher. No need to worry. Let’s break it down with some definitions and easy-to-understand examples. Before long, you might even become a neighborhood expert at spotting angiosperms...

read more
Top Yarrow Uses (and Where to Find It)

Top Yarrow Uses (and Where to Find It)

Yarrow, among sage, lavender, and echinacea, is one of the most useful herbs in the northern hemisphere. This plant is something of a shapeshifter- able to grow in mountains and deserts and more urban areas like highways and cities. It comes in all colors and packs...

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How to Plant an Excellent Pollinator Garden

How to Plant an Excellent Pollinator Garden

Whether you think of the charismatic fuzz of a bumblebee, the thrum of a hummingbird, or delectable treats from honeybees, the approximately 200,000 species of pollinators come in all shapes and sizes, and all have different habitat needs. That’s where a pollinator...

read more
What Is a Borage Flower?

What Is a Borage Flower?

In fields around the world, often dotted along the edge of forests there is a large, brilliantly blue flower: the borage flower. This spectacular plant has amazed people from around the world for centuries. Its color and many uses make it an ideal crop. Today, let’s...

read more
Are Crabapples Edible? Are They Really Apples?

Are Crabapples Edible? Are They Really Apples?

We've all sunken our teeth into a tiny crabapple, hoping it would be tasty. Then, almost always, it is a nasty, sour experience that we don't want to repeat. Can something that intensely puckering be healthy for humans to eat? In fact, the Old English word 'crabbe'...

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St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

Cheery yellow blooms and powerful medicinal properties make St. John’s Wort a beloved plant in any herbalist garden. Botanically known as Hypericum perforatum, this plant is native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. Today it can be found all over the...

read more
Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage flowers provide delightful splashes of blue for your garden. They attract loads of pollinators, have edible leaves and flowers, and are a medicinal herb. All around, borage, also sometimes called starflower, is a top choice for gardeners around the world. It is...

read more
Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Echinacea, also known as coneflower, may be the most widely used herbal plant native to the United States. Even folks who know nothing about herbalism have likely heard of echinacea. Indigenous peoples use echinacea for a variety of illnesses and have for hundreds of...

read more
Top Lemon Balm Uses

Top Lemon Balm Uses

Lemon balm has been used as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. It was first utilized around central Europe and the Middle East several millennia ago. Since then, its utilities have expanded to its inclusion in food, beverage, and more....

read more
How to Plant an Excellent Pollinator Garden

How to Plant an Excellent Pollinator Garden

Whether you think of the charismatic fuzz of a bumblebee, the thrum of a hummingbird, or delectable treats from honeybees, the approximately 200,000 species of pollinators come in all shapes and sizes, and all have different habitat needs. That’s where a pollinator...

read more
Coffee Grounds in Garden Care (How And Why To Use Them)

Coffee Grounds in Garden Care (How And Why To Use Them)

For many people, coffee is the best way to start the morning off right. But you may not realize that the coffee grounds you make each day can be a helpful addition to the garden. You can cleverly incorporate grounds into garden care in a variety of ways, helping your...

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How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

So you’re ready to invest in some plants! That’s an exciting place to be and there are endless directions to go. Whether you are starting a brand new garden, filling in a balcony pot, or adding to last year’s landscaping efforts, it’s probably time to head to a...

read more
Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

The rose flower: poets write of it, lovers smell bouquets, gardeners grow it. Arguably the most famous flower in popular culture, roses are displayed on street corners, in artwork, on clothing, and placed carefully in a vase on the kitchen table. The presence of roses...

read more
Components of a Quintessential English Garden

Components of a Quintessential English Garden

First appearing in the early 18th century, the English garden is a distinct style of landscaping that can still be found throughout the world today. It is a romantic, pastoral style that carves out space in nature. It also idealizes people’s presence within nature. At...

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Is It Safe to Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs?

Is It Safe to Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs?

Humans have been using the plants from our local landscapes as remedies for millennia. Many people have found western medicine ineffective for their ailments and turned to naturopathy and homeopathy. While not the cure for everything, these approaches have their...

read more
What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What do you know about the lily flower? You may have seen it in a vase, a front yard, or perhaps a botanic garden. If it was in the summertime, you may have noticed the enormous, colorful six-petaled blooms that makes this flower famous. Maybe you even have a friend...

read more
What Is Subsistence Farming?

What Is Subsistence Farming?

Subsistence farming, or subsistence agriculture, is when a farmer grows food for themselves and their family on a small plot of land. Unlike other types of farming, subsistence farming is focused more on survival. There is very little or no emphasis on trading and...

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How To Plan and Start Growing an Herb Garden

How To Plan and Start Growing an Herb Garden

Diving into the world of herbs is fascinating. Herbs can be used in a variety of ways - culinary, medicinal, and as companion plants. They’re pollinator-friendly additions to the garden and often add color while also being functional.  Growing an herb garden isn’t...

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What Is Terrace Farming?

What Is Terrace Farming?

People around the world have discovered clever ways to farm in tough conditions. Their land could be too dry, too wet, too hot, or prone to insects or damaging storms. If the land is too steep, people might try terrace farming. Cultures in Peru, Japan, the...

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Top 5 Lavender Plant Uses

Top 5 Lavender Plant Uses

If you’ve ever walked past a lavender plant, you’ll know that the smell of lavender is one of the richest, most soothing scents there is. Lavender is a fragrant herb laden with small, purple flowers. It’s perhaps one of the most well-recognized scents, and it’s...

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How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

So you’re ready to invest in some plants! That’s an exciting place to be and there are endless directions to go. Whether you are starting a brand new garden, filling in a balcony pot, or adding to last year’s landscaping efforts, it’s probably time to head to a...

read more
Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

Why Do People Love the Rose Flower?

The rose flower: poets write of it, lovers smell bouquets, gardeners grow it. Arguably the most famous flower in popular culture, roses are displayed on street corners, in artwork, on clothing, and placed carefully in a vase on the kitchen table. The presence of roses...

read more
The Ultimate Guide to Peace Lily Care

The Ultimate Guide to Peace Lily Care

Peace lilies are wonderful house plants for anyone. From beginners with no experience to people with enough plants to stock a nursery, peace lilies deserve a space in your home. First of all, they are one of the best indoor air cleaning plants. Studies by NASA have...

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Can You Use Aloe Vera for Acne?

Can You Use Aloe Vera for Acne?

Aloe vera is a succulent that is a popular treatment for various skin conditions, particularly sunburns. In addition, people use aloe vera to treat acne. This practice shows some great promise. Studies have found that aloe vera is effective in combination with more...

read more
What Is the Mosquito Plant?

What Is the Mosquito Plant?

The last time you were at a barbeque or outdoor function did you get eaten alive by mosquitos? If not, there were probably repellants of some kind. Repellants for mosquitos can take many forms. Some are chemical, like bug sprays, Tiki Torches, and ‘foggers.’ Others...

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What Is Plant Therapy?

What Is Plant Therapy?

Plant therapy - it might sound like a new fad, but in fact, the practice is ancient. Engaging with plants can have a relaxing, peaceful effect on many people. For individuals struggling with mental illness and depression, plants can help to generate positive emotions...

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How To Grow Hanging Plants At Home

How To Grow Hanging Plants At Home

You live in an urban landscape. Your workday is long and stressful. You’re trying to come home, throw your keys on the counter, and relax amongst beautiful, luscious hanging plants that make your space beautiful and comfortable to be in. We get it. You might have...

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Carnivorous Plants You Can Keep at Home

Carnivorous Plants You Can Keep at Home

If you’re looking for a unique and interesting houseplant, it’s hard to get more unique than a carnivorous plant. Unlike other plants, carnivorous plants need to “digest” animal or insect matter to get all of their nutrients. Most carnivorous plants are native to...

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What’s So Great About the Jasmine Flower?

What’s So Great About the Jasmine Flower?

Jasmine has been cultivated and prized by humans for millennia. The showy plant is famous for its beautiful white flowers and rich fragrance. Many people have heard of the flower, or maybe even have a friend named Jasmine. But, not many people know of the importance...

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How to Stock Your Pantry by Drying Herbs

How to Stock Your Pantry by Drying Herbs

  Though picking fresh herbs for each meal is ideal, that's not always possible. The winter will spell the demise for much all of your annual herb garden. Even perennial herbs will stop growing fresh, fragrant leaves. Though you can grow many herbs indoors, this...

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Why Do People Love The Jade Plant?

Why Do People Love The Jade Plant?

  The jade plant, otherwise known as Cassula Ovata, is a popular succulent shrub native to South Africa. In their native habitat or other similarly arid environments, they can grow to up to 10 feet tall. Similar to cactus and aloe plants, jade has evolved to...

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Houseplant Identification 101

Houseplant Identification 101

It can be soothing to care for houseplants and help them grow. But it’s hard to take good care of your houseplants if you don’t know what they are. Not all plants are created equal, and the ideal care for one plant will quickly cause another to wither. That's why...

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Tips to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Tips to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

I hate having to throw out fresh culinary herbs that have started to wilt and die. Unfortunately, dried herbs just don’t have the same aromatic flavor. The best way to make sure you always have fresh herbs available is to grow them yourself! A mint plant in your...

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What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

What’s So Special About the Hibiscus Flower?

The hibiscus flower is one of the most recognizable flowers due to its color, size, and overall beauty. Keep in mind that hibiscus is an entire genus of plants, and there are actually over 300 species! Of all the different species of hibiscus, they are mostly found in...

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Top 7 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Top 7 Mosquito Repellent Plants

Looking forward to spring and summer, it’s time to start thinking about the downsides of warmer weather… mosquitos. As much of a downer as these biting bugs can be, they’re a fact of life for warmer months. But did you know that there are mosquito repellent plants?...

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A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

As a plant geek and gardener, I get asked 'what are perennials?' all the time. Usually, plant identification is tricky and full of inconsistencies and surprises. Luckily, perennial identification is straightforward. The concept of a perennial plant is easy to grasp!...

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5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

5 of the Most Poisonous Tropical Rainforest Plants

Plants, unlike animals, can’t run or hide when predators come looking for food. Instead, many plants have evolved to be extremely poisonous. Poisonous plants have evolved chemical defenses to make their leaves unpalatable to potential herbivores. The leaves can simply...

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Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Some plants seem to have traveled through time, alongside Homo sapiens every step of the way. Wherever we explore, live our lives, and build societies, some plants are right there too - quietly providing support throughout the generations. Mugwort is one of those...

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A Slightly Obsessive Guide to Raspberry Identification

A Slightly Obsessive Guide to Raspberry Identification

If you came to this page for an easy answer for identifying the raspberries in your neighborhood, you may want to turn around. Raspberries present botanists with some of the most challenging identification problems in the world. As a layperson, using the simple term...

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Top 5 Most Beautiful Cactus Flowers

Having become one of the most popular house plants, often because of their purported ease to care for, there’s another reason to appreciate these funky plants. In contrast to their globular shapes and spikey flesh, cactus flowers display an unparalleled beauty. Beyond...

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Helpful Tips for Tree Leaf Identification

Helpful Tips for Tree Leaf Identification

Just like how knowing the names of neighbors makes you feel part of a community, identifying the trees in your yard or on nature hikes can similarly make you feel more connected to your local landscapes. But how do you start identifying trees? Botanists use everything...

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Intro Guide to Identifying Wild Berries

Intro Guide to Identifying Wild Berries

Eating wild berries while out on a walk or hike is a summer delight. These juicy treats quench thirst on hot days, can be baked into decadent pies, and are packed with healthy vitamins and antioxidants. If you want to dive into foraging, there is no better place to...

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How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

How To Visit a Plant Nursery Like a Pro

So you’re ready to invest in some plants! That’s an exciting place to be and there are endless directions to go. Whether you are starting a brand new garden, filling in a balcony pot, or adding to last year’s landscaping efforts, it’s probably time to head to a...

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Most Popular Cactus Trees 

Most Popular Cactus Trees 

Whether you’re interested in cacti for their historical, religious, and medicinal aspects, or simply looking for a low-maintenance house plant to set on your windowsill, there is plenty to learn from this strange and spiky plant. While some species of cacti grow tall...

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Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

Seasonal Tips for Tropical Plant Identification

A trip to the tropics is a must-do for any nature-loving person. The biological diversity will blow just about anyone's mind. No matter what time of year you go, you’re bound to see some pretty amazing plant and animal life. But, there are certainly some seasonal tips...

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How to Find Morel Mushrooms (and Avoid False Morels)

How to Find Morel Mushrooms (and Avoid False Morels)

Most tasty mushrooms fruit in summer and fall. Morels, however, come out at the beginning of spring.   Where, Oh Where, Are These Tasty Treats?   Mushroom hunters can be very secretive people. Don't be offended if they avoid telling you their favorite...

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How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

Mushrooms are one of the most highly sought after wild foods. Some of the world's tastiest gourmet mushrooms are only found in the wild, and we haven't figured out how to cultivate them yet! People all over the globe spend hours and hours “hunting” for wild gourmet...

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Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

For most people living in an urban environment, fresh produce and edible plants are something you buy at stores. We operate under the assumption that farmers sell their crops to suppliers, who then transport it to cities, and then, somewhat miraculously, these...

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How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

Oh, lovely, lovely mushrooms. Chanterelles are some of the most coveted mushrooms by chefs, along with truffles and morels. Did you know that all chanterelles in the world are harvested from the wild? We haven't figured out a way to farm these kinds of mushrooms....

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Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida is a state teeming with biodiversity. With the nickname “The Sunshine State,” Florida must have loads of sun-loving plant life - and indeed it does! Although there are thousands of plant species native to the state, a handful of them are quite characteristic...

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Rhubarb Benefits, Uses, and the Holy Grail of Pie

Rhubarb Benefits, Uses, and the Holy Grail of Pie

A traditional summer delicacy for some and a culinary curiosity for others, rhubarb has a reputation for both its tangy flavor and mystique. Although it rarely makes its way to the table, it adds both taste and nutrition when it does. Rhubarb even boasts an array of...

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St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

St. John’s Wort Uses And Gardening Tips

Cheery yellow blooms and powerful medicinal properties make St. John’s Wort a beloved plant in any herbalist garden. Botanically known as Hypericum perforatum, this plant is native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. Today it can be found all over the...

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Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage Flower (Starflower) Gardening Tips and Uses

Borage flowers provide delightful splashes of blue for your garden. They attract loads of pollinators, have edible leaves and flowers, and are a medicinal herb. All around, borage, also sometimes called starflower, is a top choice for gardeners around the world. It is...

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A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

A Gardener’s Guide to Perennial Identification

As a plant geek and gardener, I get asked 'what are perennials?' all the time. Usually, plant identification is tricky and full of inconsistencies and surprises. Luckily, perennial identification is straightforward. The concept of a perennial plant is easy to grasp!...

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Top Uses for Ginseng

Top Uses for Ginseng

[Disclaimer: Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Be sure to consult with a physician before incorporating any new treatment - herbal or otherwise.]     Perhaps you love its aromatic, earthy flavor in meals or tea or you’ve seen it...

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How to Use Andrographis (For Health Benefits)

How to Use Andrographis (For Health Benefits)

When it comes to preventative health care and holistic remedies, plants continue to shape our perspective on surviving and thriving. Through millennia, our scientific understanding of medicine and treatment has made wild leaps and bounds. All progress is deeply rooted...

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Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Best Echinacea Uses (And Where to Find It)

Echinacea, also known as coneflower, may be the most widely used herbal plant native to the United States. Even folks who know nothing about herbalism have likely heard of echinacea. Indigenous peoples use echinacea for a variety of illnesses and have for hundreds of...

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You Should Be Excited About Grassland Plants!

You Should Be Excited About Grassland Plants!

Grassland plants don't get enough attention from conservationists, writers, filmmakers, or policymakers. Most people know next to nothing about grasslands, other than the obvious fact that they are grassy. I'm here to show you that grasslands are dynamic places full...

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Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Top Mugwort Uses (and Where to Find It)

Some plants seem to have traveled through time, alongside Homo sapiens every step of the way. Wherever we explore, live our lives, and build societies, some plants are right there too - quietly providing support throughout the generations. Mugwort is one of those...

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Nettle Tea Benefits (and How to Brew It)

Nettle Tea Benefits (and How to Brew It)

Between its notorious sting and worldwide range, most people have at least heard of stinging nettle. But nettle’s incredible health benefits truly reel in the plant’s fanbase. Nutritious and simple to prepare, nettle tea is a great way to enjoy everything the plant...

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Top Lemon Balm Uses

Top Lemon Balm Uses

Lemon balm has been used as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years. It was first utilized around central Europe and the Middle East several millennia ago. Since then, its utilities have expanded to its inclusion in food, beverage, and more....

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Top Yarrow Uses (and Where to Find It)

Top Yarrow Uses (and Where to Find It)

Yarrow, among sage, lavender, and echinacea, is one of the most useful herbs in the northern hemisphere. This plant is something of a shapeshifter- able to grow in mountains and deserts and more urban areas like highways and cities. It comes in all colors and packs...

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How to Plant an Excellent Pollinator Garden

How to Plant an Excellent Pollinator Garden

Whether you think of the charismatic fuzz of a bumblebee, the thrum of a hummingbird, or delectable treats from honeybees, the approximately 200,000 species of pollinators come in all shapes and sizes, and all have different habitat needs. That’s where a pollinator...

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What Is a Borage Flower?

What Is a Borage Flower?

In fields around the world, often dotted along the edge of forests there is a large, brilliantly blue flower: the borage flower. This spectacular plant has amazed people from around the world for centuries. Its color and many uses make it an ideal crop. Today, let’s...

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Are Crabapples Edible? Are They Really Apples?

Are Crabapples Edible? Are They Really Apples?

We've all sunken our teeth into a tiny crabapple, hoping it would be tasty. Then, almost always, it is a nasty, sour experience that we don't want to repeat. Can something that intensely puckering be healthy for humans to eat? In fact, the Old English word 'crabbe'...

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