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A Plethora of Gardening Options…

   I just love that word.  Plethora.  You can actually roll your tongue while you say it and it makes your mouth feel all funny. However,I digress....    Yesterday we talked about how the single most important thing you can learn about gardening and put to good use it that it is all about the [...]

By | April 24th, 2012|DIY, For the Garden|4 Comments

Its All About the Dirt….

   Lovely morning, isn't it?    I just wanted to welcome you back to the Welcoming House! As we are gearing up here for gardening season, and due to the rather wonderful response from many on the FB page about 's where we should head next, I am jumping headfirst into a basic series on [...]

By | April 23rd, 2012|DIY, For the Garden|5 Comments

Lilac, Milk Thistle, and Aloe Vera–The Tale of a Flower, a Weed, and a House plant

     If you are just joining us, I would encourage you to go back to the  beginning of the series and see all the amazing herbs we have covered in the last week and a half. Go ahead. Do it. Just click Growing Your Own Medicine ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  One of my VERY favorite times is Spring, [...]

By | April 4th, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on Lilac, Milk Thistle, and Aloe Vera–The Tale of a Flower, a Weed, and a House plant

Marjoram, Oregano, and Fennel—Cook with them, Heal with them

   So what type of gardener are you?Are you a "wanna-be-gardening" type of gardener, as I used to be years ago? Or are you the next step up--the "little-bit-goes-a-long-way" type of gardener? Have you started to dabble outside the realm of what most people would consider normal items to garden with? I have to tell [...]

By | April 3rd, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on Marjoram, Oregano, and Fennel—Cook with them, Heal with them

Catnip, Feverfew, and Eyebright~ three unusual herbs for healing:

Happy  Monday, Everyone! Have you had your coffee yet? image courtesy    Mondays are actually more like weekends here at the real Welcoming House, as it is my husband's day off and we spend time together as a family doing family things. Today we are going to be heading out to the garden and adding [...]

By | April 2nd, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on Catnip, Feverfew, and Eyebright~ three unusual herbs for healing:

P.T.B–Three Dual-Purpose Herbs That Are Sneaky !

"Give me a P! Give me a T! Give me a B! What's that spell?"    Why HEALTH of course, silly!!             P.T.B. can stand for so many things, cant it?    How about "Plant Those Babies"? (in reference to your seeds, of course~planting those real babies would result in [...]

By | March 30th, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on P.T.B–Three Dual-Purpose Herbs That Are Sneaky !

Sometimes People Eat Flowers too—All About Chamomile and Echinacea

  Yep, sometimes people eat flowers too. :)    That picture just makes me laugh, how about you? Some days I think we would be so much better off if we learn to laugh at ourselves. After all, as the Good Book says: "A Merry heart does a man much good". I know laughter has [...]

By | March 29th, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on Sometimes People Eat Flowers too—All About Chamomile and Echinacea

Dual Purpose Herbs–Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

  You know, I was musing today while getting ready to write this, and trying to remember the first time I started combining things to get results. I mean, in plants, of course. Ha ha--image courtesy  Our neighbor growing up had many beautiful plants, and I was always sneaking around watching him dig them up, [...]

By | March 28th, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on Dual Purpose Herbs–Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Hyssop and Horehound-The Beauty and the Beast of Herbs

   Welcome back again for our next session on Growing Your Own Medicine series here on the Welcoming House. Have you signed up for the series via email or feed burner here on the page? Please do so! I don't want you to miss any of the posts! image courtesy I am absolutely stunned at [...]

Grow Your Own Medicine–Borage and Lemon Balm

   I was thrilled to see such a positive response from everyone on the Welcoming House FB page about starting this series. I think herbs are one of the most rewarding and low maintenance things that a gardener can grow. And I really believe that a little knowledge, and a little work can go a long [...]

By | March 26th, 2012|DIY, For the Garden, Growing Herbs, Heal, Herb Recipes, Herbal Medicine, Homesteading|Comments Off on Grow Your Own Medicine–Borage and Lemon Balm