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shutterstock_367491527-5567423 Seasonality of what you eat is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants embracing the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are now doing the same. One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce. In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped. Here's what's in season during Winter 2018.

indoor-plants-9103642 Indoor plants are all the rage, but it can be hard to get started on finding the perfect one for your space. We at Urban Cultivator are big fans of growing plants in the comfort at your own home, which is why we've gathered some info on our favorite indoor plants to help you turn your home into a beautiful greenhouse. Here are some perfect indoor plants for your home.

613872668-612x612-2121095 Halloween is almost here, and everyone is busy putting together last minute Halloween costumes. Instead of simply serving buckets of candy this year at your Halloween gathering, why not make some deliciously ghoulish dishes instead? Here are some spooky but fresh recipes perfect for Halloween, featuring herbs, microgreens, and vegetables.

fruit1-9145799 Seasonality of what you consume is more important than ever. Not only are restaurants adopting the practice of creating dishes that use ingredients that are in season, but many grocery stores are also beginning to do the same. One of the most important things you can do is to arm yourself with the knowledge of what's in season during certain months so you can make the most out of the produce. In-season produce not only tastes better, but you're also supporting the local farmers and eliminating your carbon footprint by minimizing orders for items that aren't available in your area, but are grown across the world and have to be shipped. Here's what's in season during Fall 2018.

martha-8-8740274 Gardening has proven to be beneficial for one's mood. Beyond seeing your hard work pay off, studies have shown that horticulture can actually assist with mental health. In fact, gardening has even be prescribed in some situations where patients experience such things as anxiety and depression. Here's how it works.

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Food is nothing without spices, and every country has its own preferred ones. It's these unique combinations that give different cuisines their uniqueness. Ever wonder what spices and herbs are popular and most used in which countries? Data Dial and Kit Stone did some research on 36 world cuisines to see what were the most popular spices and herbs, and whether or not there were any common ingredients. This was determined by studying the ingredients of the national dishes of said countries, and with that data, they created a fascinating infographic.

screen-shot-2018-07-24-at-10-21-57-am-9746771 There is something fundamentally "summer" about basil. Brightly flavored and wonderfully herbaceous, it's one of our favorite herbs to grow in an Urban Cultivator. Its versatility is also unmatched, perfect in everything from sauces, to cocktails, to desserts. Here are some of our favorite recipes featuring the herb of summertime, basil.

screen-shot-2018-07-13-at-12-24-31-pm-4990152 Fungi get a bad rap. Many people are off-put by the idea of yeasts and mold, but most plants in existence require some sort of fungal symbiosis to flourish. Fungi are also hugely important in creating the oxygen that we breathe, as well as their part in breaking up organic debris and recycling them back into soil. Needless to say, they are much more important than they are given credit for. More recent uses include taking advantage of fungi's medicinal properties, though certain Asian cultures have been incorporating specific strains into their daily lives for centuries now. Specifically, reishi, lion's mane, and chaga have become more and more popular over the years.

kelp-6910167 Kelp makes the ocean look beautiful, creating underwater forests, but they're so much more than just plants that exist in the sea. Kelp, also known as seaweed, is brown algae seaweed. There are 30 different types in existence, and is believed to have existed anywhere from five to 23 million years ago.