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Dawn Combs' "The Prescription Gardener" Blog
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.           

05/21/2014 - Lavender: Beat Stress and Embrace Spring
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is well known for its abilities to help us with sleep and relaxation.

05/14/2014 - Attract Monarchs with These Medicinal Flowers
We just registered the prairie habitat on our farm Mockingbird Meadows with Monarch Watch and are expanding the plants we grow for them.

05/07/2014 - Hold the Meds! Feed Wild Spring Greens to Keep Livestock Healthy
Spring means lots of baby animals. It’s a perfect time for grazers to have their babies because the grass is lush and growing thick, meaning food is abundant and easy to find.

04/30/2014 - 5 Herbal Teas to Feed Plant Starts
Plenty of chemicals are available to help anyone propagate plants. The problem with them is ... the chemicals. Why not use natural methods instead?

04/23/2014 - Healing Power of the Easter Lily (and How to Make Your Own Flower Essences)
When I considered what I might want to write about around Easter time this year, I began looking into the healing properties of the Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum).

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.

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