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How to Have a Green Thumb During Winter

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When it comes to winter gardening, there are a few things you can do to keep that “green thumb” going throughout the winter months. For those of you who live in climate zones that experience mild winter weather, it is possible to continue gardening successfully with less to worry about in the form of insects and pests. For those of you who live in climate zones that experience frigid temperatures and blankets of snow, the gardening concepts employed may have to be indoors, but you can still enjoy gardening and keep that green thumb ready for warmer weather. The single […]
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How Good is Gardening for Your Health

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Welcome to the Age of Technology, where information is the new currency that controls the majority of our lives. Rather than making life on this planet, most will agree that technology has made life a bit more difficult, and a heck of a lot more stressful. If this about sums it up for you, then don’t feel bad; you are not alone! A recent study conducted by the University of Gothenberg, located in Sweden, provides significant data that indicates young adults 18-24, who spend a great deal of time tied to their smartphones, exhibit more mental health conditions than those […]
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Therapeutic Horticulture

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Landscape architects and DIY garden designers have always developed their structures as sanctuaries; places where people can retreat from the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Most cities have botanical gardens, while others offer enormous green spaces, like Central Park in New York City. Although people are encouraged to enjoy the gardens, or get in touch with nature through the use of these facilities, recent studies indicate that there is far more therapeutic benefit to actively growing and maintaining plants yourself. “Therapeutic Horticulture” is a recognized treatment to combat stress, depression, and anxiety in several countries and across a broad […]
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The Benefits of Bay Leaves

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Bay leaves are harvested from the bay laurel tree. Originating in the Mediterranean, bay leaf is now cultivated in several countries and used as a culinary flavor enhancer in several cuisines. Bay leaves are also used in the manufacturing of perfumes, and they are an ingredient in several herbal remedies and natural medicines. Bay leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also possess anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties to boot! The health benefits associated with bay leaves are numerous. Whether used in cooking, herbal remedies, or natural medicines, bay leaves will be beneficial to your diet and help […]
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Growing Herbs Indoors

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Most herbs worship the sun! As transplants from the Mediterranean, herbs do not take kindly to being grown in environments that do not replicate their origins, or in areas with less than sufficient sunlight, such as inside houses. Herbs do not thrive in east, or north facing windows, as these sides of the house seldom see adequate sunlight. Let There be Light: Even if you can arrange your herb gardens in windowsills that face south or west, and your plants are getting the required 4 hours of sunlight a day minimum, it is advisable to provide additional supplementary lighting. Choose […]