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The Threat to Our Birds in 2020

Chances are, while you are in lockdown, you’ve popped up a bird feeder, or you’ve taken to birdwatching, even if it’s off-and-on from your new home office window. You might have even found yourself asking “have these brightly-colored birds always been here?” They...

Symbolism and Uses of Crysanthemums

What is a Chrysanthemum? The chrysanthemum is a popular gardening flower all over the world, commonly referred to as chrysanths or mums. It is an herbaceous perennial with alternate leaves divided into leaflets. These leaflets are typically toothed; occasionally,...

How to Make Bitters

Have you ever seen herbal bitters sitting on the shelf at your local health food store? Surely there’s a reason why so many drink recipe call for herbal bitters – but what are they? Do they really change the taste that much? Are bitters - well - bitter?   There...

Ginseng Companion Plants

Ginseng has many “companion plants” that like to grow in similar conditions. These plants may be a sign of a nearby ginseng population, or as a sign of ideal site selection for cultivation. While solely looking for companion plants is not a foolproof way to find a...

Where Does Ginseng Grow?

Wild Ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, is native to the deciduous forests of the United States from the Midwest to Maine, and further north into eastern Canada. The most popular habitat where wild ginseng is found is through the Appalachian and the Ozark. Just be sure you...

How to Identify Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

How Do You Identify Wild Ginseng? You can identify wild ginseng by following the information laid out in the article below. It is important to be able sift through your own natural underbrush to identify the ginseng crop you are cultivating, so let’s learn a bit about...

Theobroma cacao – The Plants of the Amazon

Read the transcript below:Welcome to today’s episode of Plants of the Amazon! As the largest tropical rainforest in the Americas, the Amazonian rainforest has unparalleled biodiversity. One in ten species in the world lives in this rainforest, making it a habitat for...

Hevea Brasiliensis – The Plants of the Amazon

Read the transcript below:Welcome to the show! In this podcast, we air episodes within a series so you can jump around and skip to what you are interested in. In this series, we're going to be covering several plants from the Amazon. The news recently broke that the...