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Milkweed Plant: A Truly Remarkable Wild Vegetable

Add to Favorites By Sam Thayer – Milkweed plant isn’t your average weed; in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed, Asclepias syriacqa, is one …

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A Guide to Growing Chives

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds – Whenever I think of growing herbs outdoors here at Timberlakes, I think about growing chives. Chives are about the sturdiest and most dependable herb …

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The Delicious Dill Plant and Its Many Uses

Add to Favorites By Brenda Hyde – The dill plant not only has lovely foliage; its fragrance is a “comfort smell” for many people. I barely touch its feathery leaves and …

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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Add to Favorites By Kay Flowers – Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden …

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Hydrosol vs. Essential Oil: Practical Aromatherapy in the Home

Add to Favorites By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist Hydrosol vs. essential oil: what is the difference and how can you use them for soapmaking and aromatherapy? In previous articles, …

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What are Essential Oils?

Add to Favorites By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist By now you have probably heard mention of essential oils even if you have not yet experienced them. However, with the …

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Drop Spindle Spinning: Making and Using Your First Spindle

Add to Favorites By Angela Hammer – I’ve always liked making things with my hands. I learned how to crochet years ago, so spinning became the next logical step for me …

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How to Knit Socks with 4 Needles

Add to Favorites By Patricia Ramsey – The following instructions are for a knitter who wants to learn how to knit socks with 4 needles. If you are a knitting beginner, learn how to knit with …

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12 Benefits of Learning How to Crochet

Add to Favorites By Cathy Myers Bullard – “Chain four, join, and turn.” What artful activity relieves stress, inspires creativity, and promotes well-being all while being fun and functional? The answer: crochet. …

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Extract Natural Dye for Wool from Goldenrod Plants

Add to Favorites By Christine Lundsten McKahan – Five years ago, as my husband and I wandered around our two acres of newly purchased homesteading land, surrounded by rolling hills, grazing …

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