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Growing, Harvesting, and Drying Calendula Flowers – With Recipes and Suggestions for Use

Using calendula is very simple and straightforward. This beautiful flowering plant has been widely used throughout history for health, beauty, and as a seasoning or edible decoration in culinary applications. Medicinally, it has been used to aid digestion, calm aching teeth and joints, speed healing of bruises, burns, and wounds, soothe cramps, and reduce fever. …

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Everyday Elderberry – 29 Uses for Elderberries and a Bonus Recipe for Fresh Elderberry Poached Pears

  I only recently started to explore the magical world of elderberries, and there is so much to learn. I wasn’t introduced to elderberries as a child and I didn’t even know about them until about ten years ago. Now that I know how amazing they are, I scan the Oregon roadside and trails for …

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Spring Garlic – From Garden to Table

If you have a garden you should be growing garlic! Growing garlic is so much easier than it looks and rewards you with four amazing seasonal garlic products: April to May — spring garlic June to July — garlic scapes July to August — fresh garlic bulbs September to next year — dried garlic bulbs …

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Raising Backyard Chickens for Eggs – Plus a Recipe for Soaked and Fermented Chicken Feed

Increase food security with backyard chickens! Chickens are probably the easiest, most affordable, and most accessible livestock for a small urban farm, homestead, or backyard. They produce eggs and meat with relatively little space, time investment, or cost. Keeping chickens only requires about 10 to 15 minutes of direct attention each day. This is enough …

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