Fun On The Wild Side ~ INTRODUCTION TO HERBS FOR KIDS: WILDCRAFTING

Take a trip outside your door and look down! What do you see? Do you see little plants growing? Perhaps it is one single little dandelion or maybe you have found a whole area of plants growing and thriving. You won’t have to go far to find wild plants! Sometimes wild plants found around homes, … Continue reading Fun On The Wild Side ~ INTRODUCTION TO HERBS FOR KIDS: WILDCRAFTING

The Venus Flytrap: Conserving the Carnivorous Curiosity

In his book Insectivorous Plants, which was first published in 1875, English naturalist and evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin wrote that the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula, Droseraceae) “is one of the most wonderful [plants] in the world.”1 Now, that “wonderful” plant is being threatened in the wild by a combination of poaching, overharvesting, habitat loss, fire suppression, … Continue reading The Venus Flytrap: Conserving the Carnivorous Curiosity

Honey Bees; Heros of Our Planet

Have you ever had the opportunity to observe the busy work of a tiny honey bee as it meanders from flower to flower on a clear, sunny day? There’s something truly captivating about honey bees that draw us deeper into their world. We see honey bees frequently in books, movies, and television, where they are … Continue reading Honey Bees; Heros of Our Planet

A ‘Greener Garden’

One of the greatest benefits of having a garden is controlling how your food is grown. Growing organically ensures your food is free of commercial pesticides—pollutants that seep into the ground or atmosphere. Starting an organic garden is the perfect way to ensure you are giving healthful eats to your family, and protecting the earth. … Continue reading A ‘Greener Garden’

HOW PLANTS ACQUIRE THEIR ENERGY

Plants must get food into their systems in order to acquire energy and continue living, similar to animals. Plants create energy for animals to use, so they must replenish their nutrients. And plants breathe, in a way. They take in the carbon dioxide that all the animals give off, and they give off oxygen for … Continue reading HOW PLANTS ACQUIRE THEIR ENERGY

Community Garden Series: Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers

A successful, long-term and healthy garden community requires just as much cultivating as the garden itself. Smart leaders and organizers focus on the people first before the garden is even built. And savvy leaders know that the behavior they model sets the tone for the community as a whole. No pressure, right? How to be … Continue reading Community Garden Series: Five Tips for Community Garden Leaders and Organizers

Community Garden Series: Ten Tips on Local Advocacy

1. Develop a plan (or don’t wait for a crisis). If your garden is not protected, understand exactly who owns the land. Know exactly what you are asking for and who you are asking. Is there a public process or is it “who knows whom”? Your plan should include the other tips listed below. Meanwhile, keep … Continue reading Community Garden Series: Ten Tips on Local Advocacy

Community Garden Series: How To Create A Community Garden

There are over 10,000 community gardens in cities across the United States. This popular trend provides fresh produce, exercise, and a place to socialize with friends and neighbors. Community gardens are also attractive and inviting spaces that benefit the environment through composting and recycling. Consider doing a little gardening – whether you have some basil … Continue reading Community Garden Series: How To Create A Community Garden

Apartment Dweller’s Series: Urban Apartment Gardening: Gardening Tips For Apartment Dwellers

I remember the days of apartment dwelling with mixed feelings. The spring and summer were especially hard on this lover of green things and dirt. My interior was festooned with houseplants but growing veggies and larger specimens were something of a challenge, having minimal room on the patio or balcony. Fortunately, urban gardening ideas abound … Continue reading Apartment Dweller’s Series: Urban Apartment Gardening: Gardening Tips For Apartment Dwellers

Review on Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants

Chen S-L, Yu H, Luo H-M, Wu Q, Li C-F, Steinmetz A. Conservation and sustainable use of medicinal plants: problems, progress, and prospects. Chin Med. July 30, 2016;11:37. doi: 10.1186/s13020-016-0108-7. Over 1300 medicinal plants are used in Europe, with 90% harvested from the wild. In the United States, about 118 of the top 150 prescription … Continue reading Review on Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants