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Down South: What Does Sassafras Taste Like?

If you live in the eastern United States, especially the southeastern United States, there's a good chance that there is a sassafras tree somewhere near you. Next time you're in the woods, or in your backyard, look out for that distinctive leaf. The dried root makes the best tea, which tastes an awful lot like root beer. More

How to Start Your Own Herb Garden

Would I consider myself a green thumb-obsessed environmentalist who loves the planet? Not really. All this started from the fact that I'm just cheap. Keeping a small herb garden and growing some even from seed isn't difficult. For the most part, the herbs one uses in almost daily food preparation are ones that are hearty enough for the even the most questionable green thumb. Here are some herb-growing basics for the no-muss, no-fuss crowd. More

Martha Brews Up Some Compost Tea

Photograph from The Martha BlogOh, March, the month that officially ushers in spring, and with it, thoughts of gardening. Martha Stewart, on her blog, shows us how to brew "compost tea." It's not exactly something you'd want to drink as a human, but your plants will appreciate a taste of the stuff. Using a special contraption to brew it, Martha and her staff steep compost in tap water that's been infused with a special microbial powder that gets the nutrient action going. Martha recommends feeding plants with it once a month—or every two weeks, if your little green friends seem particularly stressed.... More

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