Planting herbs in pots is a great way to jump into gardening, and you'll be able to use your harvest every day.
Turn a boring wall into a vertical garden with The Woolly Wally Pocket. Made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, this hanging planter is the answer for anyone looking for a unique and eco-friendly planter for container gardening.
Container water gardens are easy to design and maintain, making them a perfect low-cost accessory to your outdoor living spaces. Learn how to make a container water garden!
Although most of us would love a lush landscape or garden, in reality, few of us have the time, space or other resources available to maintain one. Whether you’re short on space or short on time, these small space garden
If you’re looking for a unique container gardening experience, look no further than growbottles from Potting Shed Creations. These self-watering planters are made in the USA from reclaimed restaurant wine bottles, and they’re as sustainable as they are stylish.
Explore your choices in small-space garden design with tips about types of containers.
Once you have this herb in your garden, you will never be without cutting leaf celery. It's a perfect container plant to grow close by the kitchen door.
Label your plants with this easy project. Using chalkboard paint you’ll never mix up which herbs are which.
Hortech, Inc. announceds the introduction of its LiveWall planted wall system that transforms ordinary walls into vertical green landscapes.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace explains how to recycle your empty cosmetics containers.
It’s never too early to start thinking about planting your garden for the spring. I know I am already thinking about spring and warm weather. Spring officially starts Sunday, March 20th and it’s important to know when it is the right time to purchase your flowers and begin the planting process.
Guest blogger Jennifer Flaten discovers some easy plant identification tools to help her identify unknown plants in her Wisconsin garden.
Don't overlook the health impacts of the container when shopping for healthier premade beverages.
My Mobilegro invention is much more than the next new innovative home gardening product to hit the market.
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
The plants in the Voynich Manuscript has puzzled researchers and historians for years.
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
Learn more about the peanut butter fruit that could be a part of your fruit garden.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Don’t toss out those old incandescent bulbs! Squeeze a little more life out of an old light bulb by turning it into a mini terrarium or tiny vase.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is hosting the Master Gardener Plant Sale in May. Find out why you won't want to miss it.
Knowing if a plant is invasive, exotic, or native can save you a lot of time and trouble in your garden. In this article, Master Gardener, Stephanie Montalvo will explain the differences and give you tools to figure out if a plant is good or bad for your garden.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz makes plans to grow her own tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro.
Plantiva’s botanical-based immune supplement ImmuneDx combines the power of ginseng, Stephania and other herbs to protect the immune system.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves.
Tom Newmark won't rest until he's helped establish 10,000 seed sanctuaries—living gardens devoted to propagating and nurturing endangered plants—across the world. He came a step closer this week with the establishment of a sanctuary in India.
Inspired by an upcoming article on winter garden design, Jessica shares a project that turns autumn and winter plants into an elegant holiday centerpiece.
Once you plant your container garden, the recipe to a happy garden involves water, sunlight, nutrients, pest control—and passion, of course.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
If you're looking for an indoor garden that keeps animals away and requires little space, the Woolly Pocket is right for you!
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
Instead of makeshift sheet and blanket plant covers that can harm plants,experts suggest some easy new alternatives to protect plants from frost.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
Adding houseplants to your home’s décor is an easy, affordable way to enliven your home.
A University of Georgia study finds that common houseplants can remove toxins and improve indoor air quality.
There is a beauty in discovering the lost art of keying wild plants. Learn more about this practice.
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers—they're safe around house pets, they come in a multitude of colors and shapes and ... they're edible?! Read more.
Don’t have the space (or the nerve) to tackle a full-scale garden? Never fear! This gardening rookie finds that a container garden can yield a harvest to rival any in-ground plot.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her first attempt at container gardening.
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
Although not a serious problem, if left untreated, bacterial or viral pink eye can cause serious damage. Speed up recovery with these natural home remedies for pink eye!
Upcycling and recycling company Terracycle introduces three new garden accessories made from recycled materials.
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
The stirrings of spring may make you want to buy every plant or seed in sight, but a little planning can help you create a garden you'll truly enjoy.
Save water, time and money on your landscape with beautiful drought-tolerant ornamental grasses.
Choose the best tools for pruning with this handy list.
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
Air plants are perfect low-maintenance option for the home or garden. Learn how to care for air plants with these growing, watering and lighting tips.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, says schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many common pharmaceuticals--without the onerous side effects.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
Get inspired with these fun and unique apartment gardening ideas.
The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants? Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail.
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
Native Kansas plants are being researched in this project, launched by environmental studies faculty members at the University of Kansas to promote traditional ecological knowledge.
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
This inconspicuous-seeming herb is well traveled and renounded for its medicinal properties throughout the majority of the world. Learn how it grows and what famed herbalists have said about it.
The Rhombin, a desktop organizer made from a plant-based plastic (bioplastic), merges sustainability with convenience and cutting-edge design.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s a delightful time to curl up with a stack of gardening books and begin planning next season’s harvest.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
There's more to your zodiac sign than you may think. Embrace your sign with these zodiac-related herbs.
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
We think that we know our herbs, and exactly what they do. However, there are also those herbs with a mysterious past. Here are five of the weirdest herbs we’ve found that might be hiding in a garden near you.
Today is not a day for selling books. It's a day for prayer and solidarity with the Japanese people.
Inclement weather can really keep you out of your garden. Here are some of the challenges Mother Nature presents us and a couple of tricks you can use to keep her at bay.
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
Create growing space for a small space garden with pocket gardens for posts, chairs, walls and doors.
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
One reader from California asked us about growing thyme. Check out our suggestions for how to get her thyme to flourish in containers and in walkways.
Did you know that plants have personalities? Discover the personality of the vervain plant and how it can help you.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
The Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi), also known as the winter cherry, enjoys a library of culinary and medicinal benefits. Here are the answers to some of the questions you have asked about growing this incredible species.
The borage plant (Borago officinalis) is a tall herb with hairy foliage, blue starshaped flowers and many useful properties. Whether you use it for healthy, tasty greens, a medicinal herb or a companion plant for your strawberries and tomatoes, you’ll be happy you planted borage.
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
The poisonous plant called giant hogweed is popping up all over the United States. Find out what this means for your safety.
Jessica found some great finds at an antique mall and estate auction.
World Centric has unveiled a line of compostable toothbrushes and travel cases that are made from a plant-based resin called Ingeo.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
Looking for a safe but effective way to deter deer from using your garden as their personal buffet? Sprinkle this plant tonic on their favorite garden munchies.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe. Szechuan buttons are electric-packed flower buds that have numbing properties, giving them the aptly named moniker, the "toothache plant".
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
These three plants are extremely creepy. Read more about the bizarre devil's claw, doll's eye and Buddha's hand.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
This spring become more self-reliant by planting herbs in pots, building raised garden beds, creating a worm composting bin and making your own fence paint. These gardening tips for spring will have you anticipating sunny days.
Starting seeds indoors is economical, fun, and easy to do for most anyone. Gardening under lights can be as simple or complex, inexpensive or expensive as you desire. Starts can then be planted outdoors in easily accessed containers or raised beds.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
Made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled steel, based on Prius engineering, with a gray water system and a living roof, this Mojave Desert residence and workplace is a prototype for low-cost prefab kit houses everywhere.
K.C. Compton hones in on the mystery of what variety sunflower is reaching for the sky in her back yard. And also sends kind wishes to the swallowtail butterfly who destroyed her parsley plant.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
The burdock plant has long been that pesky plant that attaches velcro-like pickers to your clothing, but it also has an abundance of health benefits.
One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.
It's not too late to start or expand your garden this summer! Plant sun-loving herbs, vegetables and flowers for a strong harvest and bright blooms.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
One of my favorite spring herbs chives comes in several different varieties. The uses for making herbal vinegar and cooking with chives are explored in this post and lots of resources for mail ordering unusual herbs such as curly chives are given.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
Two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, our indoor air quality is worsening. Embrace these five healthful practices for cleaner air.
Feeling claustrophobic? Before you start looking for more space, make the most of what you have by containing clutter, choosing the right furnishings and color schemes, and creating new "rooms" with dividers.
Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
When jalapenos take over, what’s a rookie gardener to do? Dry ’em, freeze ’em, smoke ’em, and more.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to use more green products, check out Twist’s line of amazing sponges. Not only are they biodegradable, but they’re also free of dyes and made from all-natural, plant-based materials.
As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.