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Redefining "Garden Ready"

  Let's talk...GARDEN CLEANUP & THE BENEFITS OF WAITING Do you know...Spring garden cleanup actually begins during the previous autumn? Because many wonderful pollinating insects overwinter among dried leaves, inside hollow plant stems and general garden debris, as well as burrow beneath exposed soil, NOT cleaning it up but leaving your garden to stand "messy" or "as is" instead until mid-spring will do so much in supporting struggling pollinator populations. By letting plants die back during autumn and stay in place through winter, you'll be providing habitat for hungry birds to forage seeds and desired shelter for hibernating insects. If you absolutely have to tidy things up before winter, you might gently gather up and leave the garden or yard...

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Ask the Herbalist: Adaptogens...What Are They?

Ask the Herbalist: Adaptogens Certified Herbalist - Paige Hill If you are familiar with Herbalism, you have probably heard the term "Adaptogen" used here and there to describe the properties of certain herbs, such as Ginseng, Rhodiola, and Schisandra. If you are unfamiliar with herbs, you are probably asking yourself "What the heck is an Adaptogen??". We are very fortunate to have our small herbal clinic as part of our building and business. Having practicing herbalists "on staff" has allowed our customers to gain the answers they seek to common problems that we all face every now and then. Our herbalists help to give us better insight on the products that we manufacture and we will often turn to Mo...

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The beauty of community

Wow, this has been an interesting time… I’m not sure that any of us could foresee what our world looks like today.  It’s so very different from a year ago.  However, one thing that we can depend on, even in these crazy times, is the change of seasons, which arrived, again, with a welcomed sense of familiarity.  At Prairie Star, we are very attuned to the seasons, and we look for the beautiful patterns and rhythms in the natural world.  While sometimes challenged by events in our world, we continue to believe that much of what we need to be healthy and thrive is provided by the natural world around us. The challenges that arise are ways for us to...

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Seasons of the Prairie - Autumn

"Seasonal transitions have always been a challenge for me.  At their worst, my emotions would consume me, my brain would get foggy, I’d have trouble making decisions.  When I was younger, it made me confused, and I could not understand what was wrong with me.  I couldn’t see it happening to others, and it began to make me question – WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?"  Find more about Lisa's approach to the change of seasons, and put together your own ritual for celebration and transition.

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