Starting Seeds Indoors 101

Starting Seeds Indoors 101 - Pure Traditions

Winter time for me is spent going through various seed catalogs and dreaming of springtime warmth and flowers. I start almost all of my seeds indoors before planting them in containers or the ground. I grow almost all my seeds in containers or I use hydroponics (Learn how I made my Hydroponics system here). There is something about watching a small sprout grow into a beautiful plant. Starting seeds indoors doesn’t take much time. Set aside a few minutes a day to water, and leave the rest up to the seedlings.  Continue reading →

The New American Herbal : Book Review

The New American Herbal : Book Review - Pure Traditions



The New American Herbal By Stephen Orr is a beautiful book full of priceless information. This books has all different information on herbs A-Z. The photographs are stunning, and some herbs have recipes on how to use them in cooking (this is my favorite part). This book has some of your more common herbs, and also some uncommon ones. In fact I learned a great deal about some herbs I have never heard of before! For anyone wanting to learn more about herbs, this book is for them. Or even if you want a great coffee table book with beautiful pictures that will keep you reading for hours, then i recommend getting this book.

Overall this is a wonderful book. The only thing I wish it had was more descriptive pictures of what each herb looks like. Some of the pictures are more artistic than identifying pictures. But if you are looking for a book that is packed full of great information, some recipes, and artistic pictures, this is the book for you!

*I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  

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The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting – Book Review

The mix and match guide to Companion Planting Book Review -Pure TraditionsThe Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting by Josie Jeffery is a great little book to help you get started with companion planting. First off, the book has some great information on soil nutrients, different types of planting, tips on sowing seeds, and how to build your own compost. For a beginner, this information was very helpful to help me understand the basics of nutrients in the soil. 

The last part, the best part too, is a mix and match section with three rows of cards. The middle card you pick your main crop, then you can choose two companion plants depending on what your needs or wants are. For example you want to plant some carrots and choose two beneficial plants that will attract pollinators or add nutrients to the soil. All of the options are color coded so you know what plants are good for what.

Overall this book will come in handy when preparing my next spring garden (or fall). I love the information provided, and it has space for notes in the back (how cool is that?!). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to get started with organic gardening.

*I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through Blogging for Books.*

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