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Zone 5 Vegetable Planting Calendar. To get the most out of your vegetable garden, you need to do a little planning.

Zone 5 Vegetable Planting Calendar

Knowing when to start your seeds and transplant them outdoors will help to maximize your harvest. There are no hard rules for this, it is dependent on the climate for your particular area, as well as the weather at the time. These charts were created as a guidelines; a starting point if you will. You should adjust the planting dates relative to your particular area, and the specific variety of vegetables going into your garden. The exact values may be slightly off (~2 weeks) for your particular zone. The Vegetable Garden Planting Calendar below will help you plan if and when your seeds should be started indoors, when to start or transplant your seeds/seedlings to the outdoors, and roughly when to expect to harvest your seeds.

10 Basil Varieties and How to Use Them. How To Start A Lavender Farm. Lisa Munniksma If you've ever been captivated by the scent and sight of a field of lavender in full bloom in mid-summer and thought, "I want to start a lavender farm,” you aren’t alone.

How To Start A Lavender Farm

In the same family as mint, this herb is not as easy to grow as its cousin. Lavender is particular about its growing requirements and has specific harvesting and preservation needs, making growing lavender commercially a focused—yet rewarding—endeavor. Choose Your Lavender Species. Research confirms Native American use of sweetgrass as bug repellent. Western science has caught up with Native American wisdom in uses for sweetgrass as researchers identify compounds in the aromatic herb that can keep mosquitoes at bay.

Research confirms Native American use of sweetgrass as bug repellent

The American Chemical Society will host a news conference Tuesday morning to discuss that their experiments revealed how chemicals in sweetgrass oil match the repelling effectiveness of the common ingredient in insect sprays like Off! Deep Woods. The findings come from studies of traditional therapies in Native American tribes. Sweetgrass is one of the sacred plants traditionally used in Native American culture. Minnesota growers call cover crops ‘amazing’ Southwestern Minnesota farmer Jerry Ackermann is pretty impressed by what he’s learned from using cover crops during the past five years.

Minnesota growers call cover crops ‘amazing’

He hopes to learn even more in the next three years by using a relatively new kind of soil test – known as a Haney soil test – to see what kind of nutrients are in his soils. Jerry and Nancy Ackermann grow 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa in Jackson County, Minn. Guide to Growing Lentils. Growing Guide GROWING NOTES All beans and peas are legumes and benefit from "inoculating" with rhizobacteria.

Guide to Growing Lentils

These bacteria do the work of taking gaseous nitrogen from the air and "fixing" or concentrating it in pink root nodules which then slough off, adding nitrogen to the soil in a form other plants can take up as a nutrient. Inoculating your beans and peas will increase germination, and the health of your plants, helping them growing large roots and thus healthier plants. Growing pole beans with corn provides an extra shot of nitrogen to the corn, a wonderful natural symbiotic relationship that the Native Americans understood very well. You will see a big difference in overall results. Healthy legumes should also be turned under the soil when production ends as they are excellent green manure for your next crops.

Lentils grow best at a soil pH of 6.0 to 8.0. MAINTAINING Keep lentils evenly moist. Potatoes, cucumbers, summer savory are companion plants. Tobacco, Smoking (Nicotiana tabacum), packet of 100 seeds, organic. Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) (Virginia Smoking Tobacco) Family: Nightshade (Solanacea) Annual. 80 days to maturity.

Tobacco, Smoking (Nicotiana tabacum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

Native to the New World. This is a very mellow smoking tobacco that matures readily, even if the summer is cool or the growing season short. Flowers lavender to 5 feet. Highly recommended. Sow seed in the spring or early summer in flats or in a fine seed bed. How to Grow and Use Lemongrass. A versatile herb, lemongrass is prized in the kitchen and known for its medicinal properties.

How to Grow and Use Lemongrass

This plant gets its name and unique flavor from citral, the same chemical compound that gives lemon peels their invigorating scent. Sometimes mistakenly called citronella grass, Cymbopogon citratuslends its flavor to ethnic dishes, teas and more. The Master Gardener Program at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension says that of the 55 species in the genus Cymbopogon, West Indian lemongrass (C. citratus) is what’s typically used for cooking.

This variety can help repel insects, yet is also used to attract honey bees by mimicking the bees’ own pheromones. Other known uses for lemongrass include: Grow It. Carts and Tools - Exceptional farm and garden tools. Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar. Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide by Rosemary Gladstar. Herbs & Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Guide by Lesley Braun. Mosby's Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplements by Linda Skidmore-Roth. Essential Oils: What You Need To Know. Did you know that lavender essential oils can be used to treat burns?

Essential Oils: What You Need To Know

This handy infographic explains 6 common ways you can use essential oils and describes their natural healing properties. Would you like to learn from 30 of the world’s leading experts on Essential Oils FREE? Join the Essential Oils Summit starting May by saving your spot here. Bee balm and Monarda Oxymel. I just harvested the last of my abundant bee balm today.

Bee balm and Monarda Oxymel

I planted bee balm seeds a couple of years ago and this summer they grew into a bush almost taller than me! It seemed quite fitting that it really blossomed out this year since it is our featured herb on HerbMentor.com. Because I had such an abundance of it this year I took the opportunity to make a variety of different herbal preparations with it. I adore it as a tea and it makes an incredibly delicious infused honey and a spicy vinegar to enjoy on salads. Where I live up north the seasons are changing and I am preparing for the cold and flu season.

That gave me the idea to make this into an oxymel preparation. Move Over Thyme, North America Has its Own Powerful Native Spice Bee balm is called by many names – sweet leaf, wild bergamot, horsemint, wild oregano, and oswego tea being a few examples – but all refer to the Monarda genus. But don’t let the words “culinary spice” fool you. Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects. Posted By Andrew McIndoe @ 9:15 on March 23rd 2015 Category: Blog, Organic Gardening, Pests and Diseases Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects Flowers among the vegetables are more than just a colourful addition.

Companion Planting: How To Deter Pests and Encourage Beneficial Insects

They attract pollinating insects to fertilise the flowers of beans, peas, tomatoes and all those crops that depend on pollination to produce a crop. Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals by Len Price. Essential Waters: Hydrosols, Hydrolats & Aromatic Waters by Marge Clark. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell.

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Plant Power: The Humorous Herbalist's Guide to Finding, Growing, Gathering & Using 30 Great Medicinal Herbs by Laurel Dewey. Herbal Vade Mecum: 800 Herbs, Spices, Essential Oils, Lipids, Etc., Constituents, Properties, Uses, and Caution by Gazmend Skenderi. Healing Herbs and Spices: The Most Popular Herbs and Spices, Their Culinary and Medicinal Uses and Recipes to Use Them in by Leighann Dobbs. Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices by John Heinerman. Very Best Healing Spices by Céline Trégan. Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices to Boost Health and Beat Disease by Bharat B. Aggarwal. Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer's Market, with 88 Recipes by Tama Matsuoka Wong. Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More by Miranda Smith.

Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal. Grow Herbs at Home: A Guide To Indoor & Backyard Culinary & Medicinal Herb Gardening for Beginners by Simple Guides Publishing. The Healing Plants Bible: The Definitive Guide to Herbs, Trees, and Flowers by Helen Farmer-Knowles. Start by marking “The Healing Plants Bible: The Definitive Guide to Herbs, Trees, and Flowers” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover Error rating book.

Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating. The Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies: The Healing Power of Flowers from Around the World by Clare G. Harvey. Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Herbs & Spices by John Heinerman. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier. The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Healing Remedies: Over 1,000 Natural Remedies for the Prevention, Treatment, and Cure of Common Ailments and Conditions by C. Norman Shealy. Natural Remedies for Women: Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Remedies Only for Women by Charles Silverman N D. Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies: Hundreds of Simple Healing Techniques for Everyday Illness and Emergencies by Mark Bricklin. Start by marking “Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies: Hundreds of Simple Healing Techniques for Everyday Illness and Emergencies” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover Error rating book. Refresh and try again.

Rate this book Clear rating. The New Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies: The Definitive Practical Guide to All Flower Remedies, Their Making and Uses by Clare G. Harvey. Start by marking “The New Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies: The Definitive Practical Guide to All Flower Remedies, Their Making and Uses” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book. Herbal uses of medicinal and edible wild plants -Alternative Nature Herbal. Ancient Herb and Modern Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference Guide to Medicinal Herbs, Human Ailments, and Possible Herbal Remedies by James Kedzie Sayre.

The magic of herbs: a modern book of secrets by Hilda Leyel. Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Modern Edition of a Classic Sixteenth-Century Manual by Shih-Chen Li. Start by marking “Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Modern Edition of a Classic Sixteenth-Century Manual” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Rate this book Clear rating. The A Z Of Modern Herbalism: A Comprehensive Guide To Practical Herbal Therapy by Simon Y. Mills. Herbal Remedies: From Traditional Chinese Remedies to Modern Day Cures Part 2. Essential Herbs To Live A Healthy Life by Francis Woodburn. Start by marking “Herbal Remedies: From Traditional Chinese Remedies to Modern Day Cures Part 2. Essential Herbs To Live A Healthy Life” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover Error rating book.

Ayurvedic Healing for Women: A Modern Interpretation of Ayurvedic Gynecology by Atreya. Herbal Birth Control: A Brief History with Ancient and Modern Herbal Recipes by Rob Roy McGregor. Ancient Healing for Modern Women: Traditional Chinese Medicine for All Phases of a Woman's Life by Xiaolan Zhao. The Wicca Garden: A Modern Witch's Book of Magickal and Enchanted Herbs and Plants by Gerina Dunwich. The Modern Herbal Primer: A Simple Guide to the Magic and Medicine of 100 Healing Herbs by Nancy Burke. A Pompeian Herbal: Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants by Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski. Culpeper's Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper. The Green Witch: A Modern Woman's Herbal by Barbara Griggs.

A Modern Herbal, Vol. II by Margaret Grieve. A Modern Herbal, Vol. I by Margaret Grieve. Blue Vervain. Overview Also known as Verbena hastata and officinalis, Verbena, Common Verbena, Common Vervain, Eisenkraut, European Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Holy wort, Juno’s Tears, Pigeon weed, Simpler’s Joy, Turkey Grass, Swamp Vervain, Mosquito Plant, and Wild Hyssop. Introduction The blue vervain or verbena is a creeping perennial of the mint family, bearing numerous, small lilac-blue flowers. Verbena hastata is native to North America and is incredibly similar in appearance and properties to its European cousin Verbena officinalis, whom it is often mistaken for. Constituents Mucilages, bitters, iridoid glycosides (hastatoside, verbenalin), caffeic acid, essential oil. Parts Used The above-ground parts of the plant gathered before flowering, dried. Typical Preparations.

Guide to Growing Vervain. Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata), packet of 200 seeds, organic. (Blue Vervain) Family: Vervain (Verbenaceae) Upright, creeping, self-seeding herbaceous perennial significant in medicine and ritual.

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Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest by Rosemary Gladstar. The Green Medicine Chest: Healthy Treasures for the Whole Family by Judith Boice. Homegrown Herbs: Gardening Techniques, Recipes, and Remedies for Growing and Using 101 Herbs by Tammi Hartung. Heirloom Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits: Savoring the Rich Flavor of the Past by Doreen G. Howard. The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody. The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood. A Field Guide to Medicinal Wild Plants of Canada by Beverley Gray. The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy by Mechthild Scheffer.