Seed Diary

Sunflower

8 Plants for Hair and Skin Care

As far back as ancient times, plants have been harvested for their hair and skin benefits. Many are rich in both vitamins and fatty acids that target everyday issues. But just because the plants work magic doesn’t mea...

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Seed

5 Nonprofits Sowing the Seeds of a Be...

Once the work of public researchers, plant breeding is now dominated by a handful of massive corporations, but there are still a variety of nonprofit organizations working to preserve biodiversity and ensure access to...

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Norway

A Look Inside the Seed Vault That Pro...

In the far reaches of Norway, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault acts as an insurance policy against worst-case scenarios by securing the building blocks of our planet's food supply. The sole entrance to the Svalbard Glo...

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Bee Hotel

How to Build a Native Bee Hotel

We think of bees as hive creatures with a nasty sting. But not all bees live in hives or have such an aggressive approach to self-defense. In fact, the great majority of native bee species live a solitary lifestyle an...

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Three Bin Composter

How to Build a Three-Bin Composter

Compost—there never seems to be enough. And if you keep adding material to a single heap, the stuff is never really finished. The solution? A three-bin system that allows you to have different piles in various stages ...

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Herbal Ingredients

How to Make an Herbal Tincture, Just ...

Tinctures are a potent way to take advantage of a plant’s medicinal powers. And they’re easy to make, too. All you need are your herbs of choice, mason jars, dropper bottles, and some high-proof liquor (we recommend 1...

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Seed Packets

How to Shop for Veggies: Our Seed-Sel...

Winter is the season of dreams for farmers and gardeners. We can go on and on to anyone who’ll stand to listen about our plans for the next growing season, but our truest companions through the cold evenings are our b...

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Growing Plant

How to Grow a Winter Kitchen Garden

Winter is a time of snowstorms, movie nights by the fire, and … fresh, homemade salsa? At least, it can be for those willing to give indoor vegetable gardening a shot. With a little gear and know-how, a wide variety o...

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