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DIY Hugelkultur Planter Boxes

My favorite DIY garden project this year was building raised planter beds along our deck. Our house had a 25-year old cedar deck which was starting to deteriorate. We decided to redo the deck and incorporate two raised planter boxes into it.Photo by Mary Jane DufordBefore refurbishing the deck and building the planter boxes, we took down an existing linden tree which was overhanging ...

Mary Jane Duford | Apr 2, 2021

Herbal Remedies

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Homemade Comfrey Plantain Salve

I've been experimenting with making and using infused herbal oils lately, so here's my recipe for a healing oil and salve made from Comfrey and Plantain. But first, a few interesting notes about these wonderful plants!Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Comfrey is a magnificent plant, although somewhat unruly. It grows about 3 feet high and almost as wide, and can send its root down to a ...

Joanna Ridenour | Oct 1, 2020

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The Colors of Autumn

September 1 marks the first day of meteorological autumn. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains that meteorological seasons are based on changes in temperature and are therefore more accurate predictors of weather changes than the solstice and equinox dates of the astronomical calendar. The air is indeed a bit cooler here in the upper Mid-Atlantic. The ...

Elizabeth Janoski | Oct 1, 2020

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