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Book Review: Medicinal Mushrooms

By Michael Castleman

For those whose experience with mushrooms is limited to the bland white things at the supermarket (Agaricus bisporus), Hobbs, a fourth-generation herb­alist and an internationally recognized expert on the history, folklore, botany, and pharmacology of medicinal herbs, has written a magnificent introduction to the wide world of edible and medicinal fungi.

Round Robin: Temperature Control

By Geraldine Laufer

Notes From A Regional Gardener: Each fall, I clean out the cold frame and test my soil-heating mat—a length of plastic webbing with a low-voltage heating cable snaking back and forth in the mesh. Plugged into an electrical power source, the mat keeps the temperature inside the frame above freezing, turning the cold frame into a hotbed. Read more.

Round Robin: Tomato Memories

By Elisabeth Sheldon

Notes From A Regional Gardener: Tonight we’re having pasta with a sauce I made and put in jars last summer. My husband grows many kinds of tomatoes, including paste tomatoes, but lately those with the best flavor have been the cherry tomatoes. Read more.

Round Robin: Shop Talk

By Rob Proctor

Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners: It’s a fact of American life: as we become an increasingly complex society, our language must adapt to specialized interests. Sit down with a bunch of computer people and you’re unlikely to understand much of what they’re saying. Read more.


Natural Healing: Pacific Botanicals Video Tour

By The Herb Companion staff

Natural Healing: Pacific Botanicals Video Tour

Natural Healing: Earthlodge Indigenous Homes

By The Herb Companion staff

Doug Beall creates Earthlodge homes with native materials.

Round Robin: A Model Garden

By Rob Proctor

Notes From A Regional Gardener: High fashion had come to my house. The Denver Post, for which I write a weekly gardening column, was shooting its fall fashion section. Read more.

Round Robin: Reflections on Summer

By Elisabeth Sheldon

Notes From A Regional Herb Gardener: What a dry spring and summer it was! For weeks and months, the weatherman kept predicting rain, but all we got was wind, thunder, and lightning. Read more.

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