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  • The GreenWeb provides these articles on Gardening and related topics to the community. We hope you enjoy them.

  • Astragalus, Huang-Qi, Yellow Vetch, Milk Vetch Root, Yellow Emperor (Astragalus membranaceous): Huang-Qi is a sprawling perennial legume, with pea like flowers. It is a beautiful, yet short-lived plant that has long been coveted by Asian cultures for its medicinal qualities.

  • This article is full of tips on how to grow and care for your cacti. It's a prickly situation at times, but we hope you'll learn a lot.

  • Catnip, Nepeta cataria: Catnip has a well earned reputation for sending cats into states of kittenish friskiness and euphoria. It is now known that the aroma of catnip is an aphrodisiac to our feline friends. In the past though, catnip was better known for its medicinal qualities. It was also consumed in the form of a tea in Europe before the arrival of true tea from Eastern Asia.

  • Chives, Allium schoenoprasum: Most everyone has had a potato adorned with chives at some point, but they also make great additions to salads and other dishes that would benefit from their mild onion flavored leaves. The more cuttings you take, the more it produces.

  • Dang Shen, Bastard Ginseng, Poor Man's Ginseng (Codonopsis pilosula): Throughout the world, this widely used herb is also called the "poor man's ginseng" as it is also used to invigorate vital energy and is good for the blood. A climbing vine plant that should be trellised. Produces beautiful bell shaped blowers that are yellow to olive green with purple veins.

  • Fo-ti, He-shou-wu (Polygonum multiflorum): Called the "Elixir of Life," Fo-ti tonic is said to produce longevity, fertility and vitality. Taking Fo-ti is said to keep one vigorous and extends one's life span. It is a vine plant that grows well in a shady bed.

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  • Ginkgo Tree, Maidenhair Tree (Gingko biloba): If they ever were to truly create a "Jurassic Park," the Maidenhair tree would have to be planted there for sure. The Ginkgo, as it's also known, is the world's oldest living species of tree, the sole survivor of the Ginkgolaceae family whose fossil records date back to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. These trees can live a long time, some over 600 years, so you, your children, and generations to come can enjoy this incredibly beautiful tree for centuries.

  • Ginseng, Xi-Yang-Shen, Man Root, American Ginseng: A perennial plant known worldwide for its medicinal values. Grows well on forest floors throughout the world. Ginseng is said to provide a vital elixir that improves health overall, along with vigor and longevity.

  • Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis: In the wild, goldenseal grows up from the forest floor in late April. Small white flowers bloom in the middle of the leaf. With only two large, five-lobed, serrated leaves growing on a one foot stem, it bears a raspberry-like fruit in July. Goldenseal has many medicinal uses, and that is in fact its most common use.

  • Since 1987, The GreenWeb has been providing valuable information to the gardening community. Although we no longer provide seeds for sale, we have left this site up a a resource for all those that love to beautify the world, one plant at time.

  • If you've ever heard master gardeners talk, you may have wished that you had our Gardening Glossary handy as it defines most of the commonly used terminology.

  • This article will explore the nuances of growing almost anything from seeds. Whether the seed is a radish or a coconut, this article will provide you valuable information on how to propogate it.

  • This article tells you how you can take some of the most fragrant plants from your garden and make your own dry potpourri to freshen up the air in your home.

  • Jicama, Mexican Potato, Yam Bean: These tasty tubers can weigh up to 5 lbs. with a mild, sweet texture much like water chestnuts. Adds crunch to salads, or can be made into a delicious appetizer if you peel and cut the turnip like root into strips, sprinkle with lemon or lime juice and salt. In Mexico, they dot it with the juices of hot chilies as well.

  • Jie-Geng, Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflora): A hardy perennial featuring star-like, blue-violet flowers. Plants will bloom all summer long. Jie-Geng is a very beautiful vining plant whose edible root has been used in Korean cuisine and to treat ailments of the lung including bronchitis, laryngitis, pleurisy, chest pain and tonsillitis.

  • Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis: The attractive bright green leaves of this highly touted medicinal plant exude a wonderful scent of lemon, especially when rubbed between the fingers. This was a favorite of bee keepers in ancient times as they would rub it on beehives to encourage the bees to return home to their hives and bring others with them.

  • Lovage, Levisiticum officinale: While a name like Lovage would seem to suggest a medicinal use for this herb that would inspire romance, it is actually one of the oldest know salad green plants in the world. The stems can be, and have been eaten for many years as a vegetables, and both stems and seeds have been candied and consumed as sweet treats for some time as well. In the 16th century, herbalists suggested consuming lovage to ease digestive disorders, usually in the form of a tea.

  • This article will tell you how to make your own seed tapes.

  • If you are looking for a way to manage your gardens pest problem in an organic and entirely environmental friendly way, this is it. By using biological insecticides you can kill your insect foes with no harmful effects to your gardens ecosystem at all. The trick here is that it may not work as quickly as some chemical sprays and dusts do, but they work well with virtually no side effects whatsoever

  • Organic gardening is the best way to grow food that you can trust, free of pesticides and other artificial growing methods so that you will feel assured that what you eat is the way nature intended.

  • Although physical controls aren't always made of organic materials, they do keep within the spirit and intent of Organic Gardening by not using synthetic chemicals to manage unwanted pests. When used in conjunction with other methods of organic pest management, they can create an effective tool towards controlling the infestation you have or preventing one from taking root.

  • If your a fan of plants like we are, you love to learn more about them. Here we have a series of articles (plant biogrophies) that have detailed information about specific plant varieties. These are some of the more interesting varieties we know of that can be grown from seed.

  • This article covers the basics about how to plant and raise your own tobacco. Warning, the Surgeon General has determined that smoking tobacco is hazzardous to your health.

  • We compile this list from trusted, knowledgable sources that helps to match particular ailments with herbal remedies that may help. This is presented for educational purposes and anyone with a serious ailment should always consult their doctor before using any natural remedies.

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  • Sage, Salvia officinalis: The ancient Romans used to ask, "How can a man die if he has sage growing in his garden?" It was a highly valued herb in those times and is well supported for its medicinal values today as well. It is an attractive, shrubby plant that develops upright flowering spikes with tiered clusters of inch-long violet-tinted blue blossoms. The taste of sage is a welcome addition to many different types of cooking.

  • Self-heal, Allheal, Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris): For centuries herbalists have been lavish with their praise of this plants curative powers. Before the advent of modern medicine, it was often used to treat cuts, bruises and even internal ailments like ulcers.

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  • Most people don't think of a heap of rotting organic material as a beautiful thing, but most gardners do. Compost Heaps use natural concepts to produce black gold that will enrich any soil. Your plants and the earth will love you for composting, so check out our article and get started today!

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  • As we have information on our site about how to grow and raise tobacco, we thought it appropriate to also include this article from a reputable source on how to quick smoking.

  • Need to know more about the USDA Hardiness Zone for your neck of the woods? This article has links to your regions maps as well as additional information on what it all means.