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The Prescription Gardener
Growing a garden can do more than feed your family—the plants can become your medicine, too. Dawn Combs, farmer, herbalist and owner of Mockingbird Meadows herb and honey farm will teach you how to cultivate herbs to nourish and heal your body. Stop by each week and discover how delicious your medicine can be.           

04/16/2014 - 21 Plants that Feed Spring-Feverish Bees
One of the first signs of spring on a honey farm is a particular buzz in the air. After spending all winter cooped up indoors with several thousand family members, the worker bee understandably has a serious case of spring fever.

04/09/2014 - 3 Great Herbs to Fight Viruses
This week, I want to discuss some common herbs that you might add to your family meals that have anti-viral and immune-stimulating benefits.

04/02/2014 - Mumps Outbreak? Plan Ahead with Herbal Treatments
Here in Ohio, the mumps virus is in the news right now, so everyone is in crisis mode. It seems that when we hear about one of the old childhood diseases, like mumps, measles or whooping cough, we worry that a catastrophe is brewing.

03/26/2014 - Praying Mantis: Free Farm Labor
I vividly remember the day, as a child, when I first encountered a praying mantis. I’ve never gotten over my fascination with this slender predator.

03/19/2014 - Rocks in Your Garden? Leave Them There!
Since the time of the earliest settlers in this country, the process has been relatively the same: We clear an area of trees and shrubs, peel off the sod, and till the soil.

03/12/2014 - 2 Ways to Get Kids Excited About Herbs
The introduction of healing herbs into any family usually begins with an adult. The benefits can be felt at every age level, but the enthusiasm is often not that easy to spread.

03/05/2014 - Keep Calm and Cultivate a Healthy Liver
If you study plant-based medicine for very long, you’ll find that there is an emotional aspect to any imbalance within the body. When our emotions are out of balance, it’s rare to find that the cause is merely an external situation.

02/26/2014 - Caring for Aging Animal Companions
A couple nights ago, I found myself sitting up with a very sick dog. Gracie has been my companion since just before my husband came into the picture—almost 13 years.

02/19/2014 - Feed Your Houseplants with Compost Tea
Most of us who garden, fertilize our plants at one point or another. How many of us think about feeding houseplants in the same way?

02/12/2014 - What Are Your Valentine’s Flowers Saying?
Valentine’s Day is upon us! Strangely enough, it has become a day of controversy.

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