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How to Identify Calendula {Pot Marigold vs. Common Marigold}

This is a really interesting and helpful post. JES explains how to identify calendula (pot marigold) from common marigolds.  Some gardeners and herbalists can do this visually. However, others need more clues. JES explains how to identify calendula by: Scent Appearance of the Seeds When they bloom JES explains the medicinal uses of calendula and […]

How to Grow Sage in Your Kitchen Herb Garden

Chris at the Untrained Housewife has some great tips on growing Sage in your herb garden.  Sage works well in a container garden too. You’ll find tips on planting, growing and harvesting sage. There’s also some good information in the Comments portion. Click on the How to Grow Sage in Your Kitchen Herb Garden link below […]

DIY Palette Herb Garden

Don’t forget to Like Herbs and Oils Hub on Facebook so you’ll get notified every time we find a great new post about Herbs, Essential Oils, Spices, Natural Remedies and Natural Living. This is another creative way to have a backyard herb garden.  I love the nice, clean look and the wonderful color contrast the […]

5 Tips for Growing Onions From Seed

At the very end of this post, Laurie shares 5 tips for getting the best onion harvest you can.  Before that, the main part of the post contains a wealth of information about growing onions from seed. She discusses: When to start onions from seed Step-by-step directions on starting onions from seed for northern gardeners […]

How to Grow Raspberries in Record Time

Richard lives in northwestern Wisconsin and shares some tips he’s learned about growing raspberries fast. This is a very detailed and well-written post that gives you the information you need to grow raspberries in record time. He discusses: Basic about yield, shelf-life, frequency of harvesting Growing requirements including soil, sun, acidity, how to prepare the soil, […]

5 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally Without Killing Them

Ants are especially useful in the garden. They aerate the soil and loosen it up which helps to bring oxygen to plant roots.  They bring a lot of organic material to their nests which provide nutrients to soil. They also help plant propagation by carrying seeds from location to location. All of that is well […]

Things I’m Growing in My Garden This Year

As a gardener, I love to see other peoples’ gardens.   What are they growing? How is their garden laid out?  It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is – I love to read about gardens. So I was happy to see this post by Debra of DIY Natural.  She teaches herbal sciences classes […]

How to Deadhead Roses

I meant to share this earlier in the year but totally forgot.  If you plan to grow roses this year, it may be helpful. A repeat blooming rose will keep producing flowers all summer, as long as you deadhead it when needed.  To “deadhead” a plant means to remove any withered or dead flowers. It often promotes increased flowering […]

How to Make Concrete Planters

No mater what the season, I look forward to anything that’s gardening-related. I like the modern, clean look of these DIY planters. They’re also pretty easy to make. In this post, Stephanie provides a complete tutorial. There’s a Materials list and step-by-step directions including photographs. This project uses any plastic containers you can find. Kitty […]

What is Modern Homesteading?

This is an interesting post by Shannon of Country Crossroads that appeared in the Manitoba Co-Operator.  She shares her experiences at the DIY Homesteader Festival at the Interlaken farm near Fraserwood,  Manitoba. The festival was in 2013, but the information still applies today. 350 people showed up to learn about homesteading skills like cooking from […]