Crunchy, Quick Pickled Spicy Green Beans

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  There’s an endearing little community on the shores of Lake Erie, hidden by miles of farm fields and far from the beaten track of the Queen Elizabeth Highway. In fact, there are hundreds communities like this one dotting the...

Pickled Beets 3 Ways

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Grow Plants for Free: How to Propagate Rosemary From Cuttings

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Summer Forage: How to Make Elder Flower Cordial

  If you are what you eat, I’ll take flowers please! I’ve had elder flower cordial on my mind since last summer. The thought of buying ready made cordial is much less appealing than making it myself and, like so...

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This place is so much fun, you might just overlook the rain garden, smack dab in front of you. Or rather...

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Dr. Michael Mesler, my plant taxonomy professor at Humboldt State University, likened simplicity to parsimony.  When examining computational phylogenetics (a complicated...

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DIY Wine Box Herb Garden

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by - June 13, 2016

DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

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by - February 24, 2016

Grow What You Love: Free Printable Seed Packets

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by - September 14, 2015

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