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How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

How to Look for Gourmet Mushrooms In the Wild

Mushrooms are one of the most highly sought after wild foods. Some of the world's tastiest gourmet mushrooms are only found in the wild, and we haven't figured out how to cultivate them yet! People all over the globe spend hours and hours “hunting” for wild gourmet...

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7 of the Coolest Savanna Plants

7 of the Coolest Savanna Plants

When thinking of the savanna, lions, elephants, and zebras might first come to mind. These are the animals that end up on nature documentaries and become the stars of an African safari expedition. But what about the plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers that each of...

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Is It Safe to Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs?

Is It Safe to Grow Your Own Medicinal Herbs?

Humans have been using the plants from our local landscapes as remedies for millennia. Many people have found western medicine ineffective for their ailments and turned to naturopathy and homeopathy. While not the cure for everything, these approaches have their...

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Trees in Iceland, or Lack Thereof

Trees in Iceland, or Lack Thereof

If you’ve ever been to Iceland, you may have been shocked at the otherworldly landscapes that help make it famous. Its volcanoes and stark landscapes make it seem like a place that shouldn’t be rich in plant life. After all, it’s in the name - a land of ice! The name,...

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Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

Urban Foraging For Beginners (Tips & Tricks)

For most people living in an urban environment, fresh produce and edible plants are something you buy at stores. We operate under the assumption that farmers sell their crops to suppliers, who then transport it to cities, and then, somewhat miraculously, these...

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How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

How to Find Chanterelle Mushrooms and Cook with Them

Oh, lovely, lovely mushrooms. Chanterelles are some of the most coveted mushrooms by chefs, along with truffles and morels. Did you know that all chanterelles in the world are harvested from the wild? We haven't figured out a way to farm these kinds of mushrooms....

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What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What’s So Special About the Lily Flower?

What do you know about the lily flower? You may have seen it in a vase, a front yard, or perhaps a botanic garden. If it was in the summertime, you may have noticed the enormous, colorful six-petaled blooms that makes this flower famous. Maybe you even have a friend...

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15 Healing Herbs You Can Grow At Home

15 Healing Herbs You Can Grow At Home

Plants have been on the planet for just under 500 million years. Somewhere along the way, humans understood that while certain plants could kill you, others could heal ailments in amazing ways. These healing herbs are part of an ancient understanding of the world and...

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Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida Plant Identification for Beginners

Florida is a state teeming with biodiversity. With the nickname “The Sunshine State,” Florida must have loads of sun-loving plant life - and indeed it does! Although there are thousands of plant species native to the state, a handful of them are quite characteristic...

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How to Be Smart While Foraging for Food

How to Be Smart While Foraging for Food

Foraging is a fun way to gather your own food from nature - all for free! One of the beauties of the natural world is the bounty of food just waiting to be collected and eaten. This bounty is not just for animals like deer or squirrels. Us humans can take advantage of...

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What Is Subsistence Farming?

What Is Subsistence Farming?

Subsistence farming, or subsistence agriculture, is when a farmer grows food for themselves and their family on a small plot of land. Unlike other types of farming, subsistence farming is focused more on survival. There is very little or no emphasis on trading and...

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Most Popular Edible Flowers (And How to Eat Them)

Most Popular Edible Flowers (And How to Eat Them)

Imagine, 75% of the calories consumed by humans come from just 12 plant and 5 livestock species. Humans regularly cultivate only 200 species of plants for food, out of the nearly half-million that exist. With over 400,000 species of flowering plants alone, there must...

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Hawaiian Flower Identification for Beginners

Hawaiian Flower Identification for Beginners

Hawaii is a fascinating place for all kinds of biology. This tropical paradise is made up of volcanic islands. These islands appeared in the ocean with no life whatsoever. In the beginning, the Hawaiian islands were simply mounds of lava rock. All native species on...

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How to Identify the 10 Most Common Fruit Plants

How to Identify the 10 Most Common Fruit Plants

Most people can easily tell apart apples from bananas, and oranges from blackberries. But, how easy is it to identify the plants they come from? To find out, here’s a guide on how to identify the 10 most common fruit plants. Before we begin, let’s go over some basics...

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How To Plan and Start Growing an Herb Garden

How To Plan and Start Growing an Herb Garden

Diving into the world of herbs is fascinating. Herbs can be used in a variety of ways - culinary, medicinal, and as companion plants. They’re pollinator-friendly additions to the garden and often add color while also being functional.  Growing an herb garden isn’t...

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How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

In June of last year, botany Twitter made a pretty big discovery. Rather than squabbling about politics or sharing ridiculous memes, botany Twitter actually made a contribution to science. It all started when Professor Chris Martine shared a photo of a bumblebee on...

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The 3 Best Hiking Apps to Use in 2018

The 3 Best Hiking Apps to Use in 2018

A few years ago, if you told me that there were apps that made hiking better, I’d have laughed in your face. The point of hiking was to disconnect and escape the constant buzzes, chirps, and little red flags of my busy life. The concept of the “best hiking apps”...

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What Do Plant Veins and Leaves Actually Do?

What Do Plant Veins and Leaves Actually Do?

When you’re peering at leaves through the lens of your camera, trying to identify a cool new plant in your yard, you might notice some weird lines along the leaves. These lines are called veins, and not just because they look like your veins. Plant veins are actually...

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Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

Seven Benefits of Eating Wild Plants

Eating organic and local produce is a noble goal - but can be financially or logistically difficult in many areas. Eating wild plants can reduce the financial burden of organic foods while giving you many of the same benefits - and more. As we discussed in our article...

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The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

The Seven Rules for Foraging for Wild Foods

The more you learn about the wild plants around you, the more you realize that foraging for wild foods is possible even in suburban environments. Look around you. The dandelion greens are great for tea while the thistle leaves are a delicious salad topping. Wild...

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What Are Invasive Plants and Why Are They Bad?

What Are Invasive Plants and Why Are They Bad?

The term “invasive plants” brings to mind a small army of green shoots, marching towards the forest to wreak havoc, a la Fern Gully. If that’s what you think of, you’re not all that far off. Invasive plants are one of the harder aspects of human influence on the world...

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Look Out for These 9 Common Garden Pests This Summer

Look Out for These 9 Common Garden Pests This Summer

Just as your garden plants are really starting to bloom, you notice black spots on the leaves. Or maybe you find chewed-up petals or a whitish fuzz along your roots. Garden pests are no joke. They can kill your garden very quickly, undoing all of your hard work....

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What Do Botanists Do?

What Do Botanists Do?

When I say botanist, you might think of a white-bearded man scampering around the woods collecting flowers. Maybe you think of a slightly nutty woman a la Professor Sprout in Harry Potter. Or perhaps you just shrug at me. What is a botanist and what do botanists do?...

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A Guide to Garden Flower Identification

A Guide to Garden Flower Identification

It’s exciting to watch new shoots pop up in springtime and new blooms emerge. But what is growing in your garden?  Maybe you just moved in and have no idea what the last owner planted in your garden. Or perhaps you’re forgetful (like me) and just can’t remember what...

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How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

How to Enjoy Botanical Gardens

Botanical gardens can be a beautiful, quiet activity almost any time of year, but it takes a bit of preparation to fully enjoy botanical gardens.  Botanical gardens are a great place to learn about flower and tree identification, local sacred plants, and rare plants....

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Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

Why Tree Identification Is Easier Than Ever

Tree identification can be a fun way to learn more about the plants around you. It also can be frustrating and cumbersome thanks to the world’s incredible array of plant species. On top of that, field guides can be a pain to carry around, and aren’t always...

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Seed Banks During Drought: How Plants Save During a Recession

Seed Banks During Drought: How Plants Save During a Recession

California wildflowers build seed banks during drought the same way a prudent employee saves money during a recession. According to a study published in Ecology in March of 2018, California’s wildflowers increased seed production over 200% during the 2012-2015...

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How to Grow a Medicinal Garden

How to Grow a Medicinal Garden

Growing a garden is a fun and rewarding pastime. Cultivating medicinal garden plants takes your backyard dirt patch to a whole new level. Luckily, it’s easy to plan a medicinal garden that’s both lovely and useful. Many common garden plants have medicinal qualities....

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How a Parasitic Plant Hacks the Genes of its Host

How a Parasitic Plant Hacks the Genes of its Host

Plants are a lot more devious than we once thought. Scientists recently discovered that Dodder, a problematic parasitic plant that causes millions of dollars of damage each year to crops, can basically hack into its host’s genes. You read that right. A parasitic plant...

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How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

How to Find, Use, and Identify Common Sacred Plants

Almost every culture and religion out there make use of sacred plants. People revere these sacred plants for their medicinal qualities, culinary use, healing power, or cultural purposes. Learning about the history and culture of plants is part of the study of...

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How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

How Botany Twitter and a Bumblebee Rediscovered a Rare Plant

In June of last year, botany Twitter made a pretty big discovery. Rather than squabbling about politics or sharing ridiculous memes, botany Twitter actually made a contribution to science. It all started when Professor Chris Martine shared a photo of a bumblebee on...

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The 3 Best Hiking Apps to Use in 2018

The 3 Best Hiking Apps to Use in 2018

A few years ago, if you told me that there were apps that made hiking better, I’d have laughed in your face. The point of hiking was to disconnect and escape the constant buzzes, chirps, and little red flags of my busy life. The concept of the “best hiking apps”...

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How Moss Removes Arsenic from Water

How Moss Removes Arsenic from Water

Scientists in Sweden just discovered a species of moss removes arsenic from water, taking the usefulness of plants up a few notches in my book. While it’s old news that plants turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, arsenic removal from a plant is really uncommon.  ...

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