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2/24/2011
Whether you don't have the space for outdoor composting or you just want to get to work on your gardening preparations as soon as possible, this indoor composting method is a simple way to start.
3/14/2012
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!
3/16/2010
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
6/6/2012
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
3/29/2012
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
5/24/2011
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.
3/18/2013
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.
4/27/2012
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
7/14/2009
In the final installment of my series "7 Tips for Everyday Outdoor Gardening", I help you explore some simple yet effective tips to grow and propagate healthy plants, scare away pests and learn which common plants may be hazardous to your health.
1/4/2011
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
7/31/2013
Gardening with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five simple steps to make gardening with kids more enjoyable.
2/1/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Amanda Thompson talks about the benefits her family has seen from keeping a small organic food garden.
7/15/2011
Connect together inexpensive mending plates to make these top-shelf candleholders—perfect for patio and porch dining. This simple project takes minutes and costs next to nothing.
3/30/2011
Bring some spring into your life. Sprinkle some wheat grass seeds in an old apothecary jar and watch them grow.
7/15/2013
Guerilla gardening can be a useful way to save space around the homestead while connecting with your community. Follow these guidelines to be a respectful guerilla gardener.
8/17/2009
Once you plant your container garden, the recipe to a happy garden involves water, sunlight, nutrients, pest control—and passion, of course.
4/15/2011
Gardening is for everyone, even those with disabilities who think they are unable to. The problem to overcome is how to adapt and make adjustments so hyou can grow your own organic vegetables and herbs.
4/5/2011
Use old jars to make these cute, inexpensive candle lanterns—for a fraction of what you'd pay if you bought them at the store.
4/14/2011
Explore your choices in small-space garden design with tips about types of containers.
7/30/2009
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.
2/17/2012
Get your children excited about helping with the garden this year with these five fun activities.
4/9/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her first attempt at container gardening.
7/1/2011
Use an old aluminum can and branch trimmings to make a rustic and beautiful vase. This simple project using humble materials costs nearly nothing and looks like a million bucks.
4/14/2011
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
7/29/2013
Guest blogger Jennifer Flaten discovers the pains of dealing with overgrown plants.
2/28/2013
Practice zero-waste gardening by donating your garden’s excess produce to local food pantries or other community organizations.
11/26/2008
If you are having trouble sleeping, try these herbal solutions.
8/18/2009
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
9/2/2009
Label your plants with this easy project. Using chalkboard paint you’ll never mix up which herbs are which.
6/1/2009
Save money and stay chic with these recessionista style tips from Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Robyn shows you how to creatively reuse old shirts to dress up a bottle of wine and how to save money by having clothing swap parties.
4/29/2011
Two students have created an inspirational blog that features one upcycling project—something made from discarded materials—each day. They've committed to keeping it going for 30 days, but with your help it could go forever.
3/26/2013
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.
8/13/2013
Grow a balcony herb garden to reap the many benefits of herbs while living in the city.
12/13/2013
Stumped on what to give your friend or family member with an apartment garden? Try one of these ideas for gifts for gardeners.
1/21/2014
Get inspired with these fun and unique apartment gardening ideas.
11/9/2010
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
2/28/2013
Organic gardening connects us with the earth and produces good-for-you food.
6/1/2009
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
10/15/2009
Making your own compost bin is simple. Compost bins are great for disposing kitchen scraps to make fresh, rich compost for your garden.
2/24/2014
Check out our favorite garden products to help you enjoy gardening this spring.
3/14/2014
Get our best garden tips from the April/May issue of Mother Earth Living.
1/17/2014
Instead of makeshift sheet and blanket plant covers that can harm plants,experts suggest some easy new alternatives to protect plants from frost.
8/30/2010
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.
8/25/2008
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle.  Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
7/22/2009
Listen to these tunes to get you through tilling or motivate you to grow tomatoes.
3/25/2011
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
3/21/2014
Try your hand at this DIY apron project made with recycled jeans.
6/10/2011
Reuse those baby food jars and create a beautiful chandelier! Make this rustic, elegant candleholder or stop before power tools are required to make pretty votives, perfect for patio dining.
4/1/2011
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof—but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
4/29/2011
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap—and surprisingly elegant.
6/24/2011
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
5/27/2011
Cut old milk jugs into the shape of your choice, rough them up with sandpaper and string them together to make surprisingly pretty window shades that offer privacy while letting the sun shine in.
4/21/2011
Solar-powered jar lights are pretty but too pricey. You can easily make your own using easy-to-find items from the hardware store.
5/26/2011
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
6/23/2011
Incorporating bright and vivid colors, a variety of textures and scents as well as soothing sounds make gardening for the visually impaired possible,rewarding, relaxing and safe.
5/1/2014
Bring Andrea Candee’s Healing Kitchen workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
7/22/2009
Roast your own coffee beans and steam milk yourself to create a cheap and flavorful cup of coffee.
4/19/2012
Decorating with materials that would otherwise be considered junk can bring pops of life and color to your home’s style. Check out these bottle cap crafts for a fun way to decorate with junk!
12/6/2011
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
5/15/2011
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
7/23/2013
Keeping your own compost heap is a great way to benefit your garden while saving money. Learn more about DIY composting with guest blogger Rebecca Lynn Crockett.
7/19/2013
The set launch of Worm’s Way Group’s new website promises improved usability, more speed and exclusive web-based promotions.
3/12/2014
For those of us interested in living a sustainable and simple lifestyle, gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of healthy, fresh food and avoid the impacts of industrial agriculture. Get tips that will make gardening easy.
2/14/2014
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
10/22/2008
Finally, the Top Four Autumn Gardening Products are revealed! See my top picks of the best items for a fun fall of indoor gardening. Part II.  
3/23/2010
Meet Lydia, a fairy scientist set out to discover the secret world of fairies.
1/11/2013
Grow mushrooms to help improve garden soil.
3/10/2008
Blogging about beginner gardening.
6/15/2011
Planting herbs in pots is a great way to jump into gardening, and you'll be able to use your harvest every day.
4/13/2011
Tarragon is one of the most mislabled herbs. This spring, go armed to the nursery with a few tidbits to ensure you're getting the plant you want.
3/30/2009
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
7/26/2012
What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne muses about gardening with children and how wonderful it is to introduce them to this fun and beneficial pastime. (There's always something to do in the garden!)
2/20/2008
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
3/21/2008
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
5/12/2011
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
9/15/2008
If you find your back hurting while gardening, or if it’s just too hard on the knees to bend down for weeding, there’s a product you need to try out:  The Wearable Gardening Stool.
8/4/2009
The Guerilla Gardener clues us in to his next guerilla gardening experiment, lovingly dubbed, "Operation Slippery Slope."
1/15/2010
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.
3/31/2009
This spring, I am dreaming of delicious, beefy summer tomatoes. So I planted some; they're taking over my kitchen as we speak. I love fresh, homegrown tomatoes. And I just can't find delicious tomatoes in stores; even the local, organic market. Not to mention, I'm sick of paying for them! In fact, I'm tired of buying
3/13/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel fulfills her desire to garden while respecting her black thumb by planting some cat grass for the family cat to destroy.
10/22/2008
It's time for fall gardening, indoor gardening and spring preparation. In preparation, do you know which products to choose and which to lose? Check out my picks for the best autumn gardening products! Part I.
2/5/2013
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
9/29/2008
If you're not tech-savvy, gifts kids’ll like are hard to come by. If you don’t want to waste your money on some electrical gadget that’ll likely be outdated the day after you buy it, check out these fun, garden terrariums. They even come in different themes! 
3/4/2012
Cost-effective and easy to assemble, zen gardens bring an earthy, grounding energy to a home. Learn how to make a zen garden with these instructions from guest blogger Eileen Troemel.
5/16/2008
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
3/12/2012
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
4/25/2013
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
5/17/2011
Readers vote on whether making pasta, bread or butter sounds like the most fun, and which project seems easiest.
10/16/2009
Need a new lamp? Make it, don’t buy it! Here’s how
4/26/2011
Don't have the budget for a hot tub? Check out how these homeowners saves money and space by planting vintage clawfoot tubs in their gardens.
12/29/2009
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
4/11/2012
Bored with your headboard? Freshen up your bedroom’s look with one of these DIY headboard ideas.
2/17/2012
Transform old luggage into fun, functional furniture with these four suitcase crafts.
9/8/2009
Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to grow and store garlic along with other cold climate information.
8/6/2008
The best tips for natural pet-care from The Herb Companion's latest E-Book "Natural Pet Care."
2/18/2011
Simple to make, this stone bath mat is a treat for your feet.
10/8/2009
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
7/22/2013
Not only is neem oil beneficial as a bio-pesticide, but it can actually enrich garden soil. Discover the benefits of neem oil for your garden!
3/13/2014
The office hydroponics system has taken off and is producing food quite rapidly, prompting an investigation into the pros and cons of hydroponic vegetable growing versus conventional gardening.
2/19/2014
In the first of this series, we test out a hydroponics growing kit by planting lettuce and herbs indoors under the lights of a Worm's Way hydroponics system.
3/15/2011
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
5/3/2011
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
10/8/2010
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.
10/5/2009
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
6/9/2011
People with Alzheimer's and other dementias can benefit in many ways from gardening and being in the garden.
6/1/2011
The therapeutics of gardening and gardens have been known since ancient times. Health care professionals acknowledge this and have been putting it to practice for two-hundred years in this country. Horticultural therapy is good for the whole person.
5/10/2011
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore documents the beginnings of her family's organic food garden.
7/8/2010
Enjoy an herb garden no matter where you live or the time of the year by starting your own indoor garden system. With these starter tools it is simpler than ever.
2/26/2012
Growing lettuce and other salad greens is easy when you plant in salad boxes.
12/17/2009
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
9/7/2011
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
4/27/2011
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
7/8/2011
Give your bathroom a little flair—and have fun doing it—by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone—whether you're a DIYer or not.
7/15/2011
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
4/15/2011
Reed diffusers are a great way to fill your home with the fresh, healing scents of essential oils—but they're pricey. You can save a bundle by making your own using repurposed bottles and plant stalks.
6/17/2011
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
8/3/2011
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
6/23/2011
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
12/12/2011
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
12/8/2011
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
3/29/2011
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
12/1/2011
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
7/17/2013
Guest blogger Jennifer Flaten discovers some easy plant identification tools to help her identify unknown plants in her Wisconsin garden.
2/5/2012
Rock gardens are one way to brighten your house without having to actually grow things.
2/19/2014
Have you ever wondered about the difficulties of starting a compost bin? Check out our recommendations and suggestions for composting as well as its benefits for your garden.
4/10/2014
Learn more about growing vegetables and herbs with a hydroponic system with Worm’s Way.
2/4/2014
Consider these garden planning tips for beginners before jumping in to gardening.
2/11/2011
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
3/11/2011
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
4/19/2011
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.
2/2/2012
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.
5/14/2012
Mighty Fine Gardens’ vertical garden kits provide families with a way to teach their children the value of outdoor time and of making healthy choices with food.
4/21/2009
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
7/14/2009
The Guerilla Gardener scopes out the site for a guerilla garden in downtown Kansas City.
9/29/2009
Here are some tips to help you bring the attractive aroma and classic beauty of scented geraniums indoors.
4/28/2010
Popular fertilizers and mulches can be dangerous to our furry family members. Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses ways to make sure your lawn and garden are pet-friendly.
3/24/2011
Help your kids develop their green thumb by teaching them to compost.
1/29/2013
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards and her family plan for spring gardening and growing food.
5/23/2011
A good layer of environmentally friendly mulch such as eucalyptus, pine bark or cocoa hulls will discourage weeds, keep soil up to 10 degrees cooler and help prevent plant disease. What's your favorite green mulch?
5/6/2011
A few jayhawks planted a medicinal garden at the University of Kansas.
7/20/2009
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
2/17/2012
Grow your own fresh supply of fragrant perennial flowers this year to scent your life and use as cut flowers, for crafts, and in natural personal care treatments.
4/30/2009
Lucky are we, that now we have several soiless options for growing herbs indoors, and many of them are very effective. The Power Plant Mini, from Prepara, in my opinion, is not among them. Read my review of this hydroponic product ...
8/7/2009
The Guerilla Gardener continues Operation Slippery Slope in downtown Kansas City.
5/22/2011
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore gets creative when the raised beds she orders for her garden are too deep.
2/19/2013
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
3/23/2010
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
10/15/2008
Starting a worm composting system from your kitchen scraps is easy – and what better time to discover the disturbing art, than the Halloween season?  Read what you can do with 8,000 red wigglers …
8/14/2009
The Guerilla Gardener continues his mission with Operation Slippery Slope in Kansas City, Missouri.
9/4/2009
Minneapolis public relations firm Haberman & Associates wants everyone to enjoy a company-sponsored organic vegetable garden like theirs.
5/12/2009
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
3/23/2009
The Obamas plant an organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
6/10/2011
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
7/1/2008
Herb Society of America meets in Boston June 26-28 to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. Keynote speaker Holly Shimizu urges members to advocate for plants.
11/12/2009
Garlic does best if planted in the late fall and early winter. If you can find a sunny spot with a foot of soil, you can plant garlic.
4/12/2012
My Mobilegro invention is much more than the next new innovative home gardening product to hit the market.
5/12/2011
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
3/18/2011
Kriste Misiak and her family won our Ultimate Garden Giveaway, receiving farm equipment and tools for all of their farming needs.
6/8/2010
Learn more about La Plaza Cultural community garden in New York City; create a recycled garden at home.
4/22/2011
A restaurant heads to the rooftops for eco-friendly gardening.
3/15/2012
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull details her lack of motivation to jump-start her garden this spring, as well as a few things to help with inspiration!
1/19/2010
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares how snow has helped her winter herb garden grow.
6/17/2010
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains the different types of manure available for your green garden.
1/22/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
3/1/2012
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.
1/25/2011
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
10/11/2010
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. 
3/11/2011
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
10/8/2013
Get inspired by these simple holiday crafts that use herbs. The Lemon Verbena Lady features her favorite DIY potpourri and spice wreaths, pomander and potpourri.
10/19/2011
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.
6/17/2010
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
10/9/2009
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
2/22/2011
When Joan King Salwen is invited to speak with Bill and Melinda Gates about The Power of Half, she learns how valuable homemade gifts can be.
8/10/2011
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
2/19/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her tips for arranging silk flowers.
4/7/2009
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
2/28/2011
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
4/22/2011
Soothe and soften your feet with this DIY natural spa treatment.
1/6/2009
Jessica shows off her heaboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
10/16/2008
Guest blogger Tracy Herz contemplates the pros and cons of going forward with a green remodel of her vacation condo in Canaan Valley, West Virginia.
2/12/2012
Silk flowers are one way to get the pop of color with flowers and not have the plants die on you. Here's how to incorporate silk flower arrangements into your house.
6/10/2009
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey from the book The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook (Quarry Books, 2009) by Kim Flottum.
12/29/2011
Protect yourself from cold winter winds with homemade sweater mittens, hats and blankets.
3/4/2011
Celebrate a technology-free Sabbath with a jug of organic wine, a loaf of homemade bread and handmade candles. Could you go 24 hours without your smartphone?
2/25/2011
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
5/5/2011
You could spend a fortune on flowers from faraway for Mom—but why? This sweet bouquet made from fresh-picked flowers and flea market finds is cuter than anything FTD could deliver. This one's great for weddings and graduation parties, too.
7/7/2011
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
10/28/2008
Follow a young greenie through the Hawaiian practice of malama ka `aina and create a craft that honors this way of life.
4/8/2011
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
12/22/2011
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
6/25/2009
Someone in your family always says, “Work smarter, not harder,” and that’s true. Here are seven smarter - not harder - tips from the second part of my outdoor gardening’s easy-do’s- and don’ts.
3/18/2011
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
4/22/2011
Learn how to make soap from scratch using eco-friendly materials and herbs.
9/14/2009
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
6/26/2012
Upcycle old wine corks into fun yet functional items with these five wine cork crafts.
6/14/2011
You don't have to spend a fortune and buy nasty chemicals to run your dishwasher. Whip up powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent in minutes--and don't forget to add essential oil. You'll get a dose of aromatherapy while your dishes get clean.
5/20/2011
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
5/13/2011
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
10/7/2009
When jalapenos take over, what’s a rookie gardener to do? Dry ’em, freeze ’em, smoke ’em, and more.
3/29/2013
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!
3/15/2012
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
8/22/2013
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.
8/18/2008
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
2/9/2010
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
6/16/2011
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
9/3/2008
Tea has a whole library of health benefits.  But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.
4/7/2011
Terrariums are beautiful in any room setting and they are a great activity to share with children. In honor of Earth Day, build your own!
6/1/2011
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
8/18/2009
If you’re an herbie, then chances are you love tea. But did you know that your herbs also enjoy tea? Discover the benefits of compost tea and learn how to use it in your garden.
9/11/2009
One rookie gardener battles seasonal temperature fluctuations and too much rain in the quest to grow the perfect tomato—and realizes she isn’t alone.
3/8/2012
Fennel is the perfect herb for the gourmet cook who loves to grow special ingredients. It requires some attention to blanching, mounding soil around the growing basal bulb to keep it white and tender, but is well worth the extra effort.
3/10/2011
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
8/20/2009
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
8/12/2011
Create growing space for a small space garden with pocket gardens for posts, chairs, walls and doors.
6/15/2011
In a wabi-sabi garden, plants are chosen because they belong in that climate, and they’re allowed to strut their stuff if they’re considerate of the plants around them. Both plants and guests are encouraged to meander and explore.
2/21/2011
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
6/15/2011
Check out these eco-friendly garden products that were designed by Northern California gardeners.
4/28/2009
Fond memories of an anniversary trip to France and the beautiful Chateau de Villandry inspires the Lemon Verbena Lady to advocate kitchen gardens. Not only do they attract beautiful insects but they also spice up your summer meals.
6/22/2012
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
9/29/2010
Whether you’re just starting out on the green path or looking for more ways to live sustainably, check out Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs, which teaches simple domestic skills to help you lead a DIY life.
3/24/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares images of the spring flowers blooming in her garden.
8/4/2011
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
5/2/2012
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
5/7/2009
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
8/18/2009
For some, the cold winter months may bring many ‘a’ merry moment. But for the sympathetic gardener, the humbugs start as the plants begin die. Bring your garden indoors this fall with help from your own personal gardening expert – the EasyBloom.
4/26/2011
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
7/27/2009
The Guerilla Gardener finds that his downtown Kansas City guerilla garden has been vandalized. Find out his next plan of action to keep fresh herbs and vegetables growing in downtown Kansas City.
11/12/2008
"Help!  My plant is under insect attack - what are they, what will they do to my other plants and how can I attack back?" Find out here!
1/14/2013
Guest blogger Kathleen Gasperini documents her journey to becoming a successful urban farmer in Los Angeles.
1/6/2011
Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
5/3/2011
A new thyme variety at a local farmers' market inspired one blogger's interest in learning about this versatile herb.
6/7/2011
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
5/7/2009
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
5/24/2013
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a hydrangea bouquet.
5/21/2013
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a zinnia bouquet.
7/17/2013
Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.
2/14/2011
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
1/12/2010
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
11/7/2013
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
12/26/2013
Use winter down time to learn a new hobby, such as cross stitch, crochet, knitting and crewelwork.
2/25/2011
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
6/10/2010
Learn how to preserve the fabulous scents from your garden in essential oils to make your own perfume. Enjoy your flowers all year with your personal bottled garden scent.
6/1/2009
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
1/5/2012
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
1/17/2013
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards offers a cookbook review of "D.I.Y. Delicious" by Vanessa Barrington.
4/21/2011
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
9/14/2010
I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the
5/3/2011
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
7/13/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
8/4/2011
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
7/19/2012
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
7/19/2010
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
6/1/2009
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
2/4/2010
Each flower means something different. Express your love for someone this Valentine's Day with one of our two meaningful potpourri mixes.
6/8/2009
Save time, money and backache with a few of these tips from the first leg of my series on outdoor gardening’s easy do's and don’ts.
8/6/2009
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
12/7/2011
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
12/9/2010
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
6/1/2009
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
12/11/2009
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
3/29/2012
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
1/28/2011
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity. 
11/15/2011
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
5/6/2011
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
4/18/2011
Old mirrors are a dime a dozen at flea markets--but what can you do with them? Group several of different shapes together for a pretty, unique display.
3/7/2011
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
12/24/2009
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
10/28/2011
Chemicals in conventional hair dye can cause allergic reactions and asthma, and have even been linked to cancer. Keep your beauty regime healthy; naturally dye your hair!
8/16/2010
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
12/7/2011
Making beeswax candles is a fun and easy project, perfect for the holiday season.
12/21/2011
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
2/9/2011
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
5/29/2009
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe. 
10/28/2011
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
1/10/2011
Look at your closet, and your shopping, in a whole new way. Repurpose items you already have, making a dress out of a shirt or a handbag out of men’s ties.
12/17/2010
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
10/22/2009
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
6/8/2011
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.
9/23/2008
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants?  Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
1/31/2012
A Detroit neighborhood garden demonstrates how citizens can work together to reclaim rundown sections of their cities and benefit their entire community.
2/7/2011
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.
4/5/2012
You'll be happy with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in your flower or herb garden border. It's an easy-to-grow herb to use for cooking and herbal remedies.
7/4/2012
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
2/1/2012
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
11/22/2011
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.
1/29/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel offers landscaping tips for those with a black thumb looking to start a new garden bed, plant a live fence or grow outdoors.
12/17/2012
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
7/26/2013
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
2/21/2011
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
10/4/2013
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
12/5/2011
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
10/31/2011
I love skin care products that have multiple uses. Not only do they stretch your savings, but they offer skin care customization. This multipurpose skin care tea treats nearly all skin types and tastes delicious, too. 
2/22/2011
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
11/8/2010
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them. 
1/17/2012
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
4/16/2012
Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.
5/29/2012
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help your body easily absorb magnesium, helping to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles and detox your body.
7/26/2011
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
2/7/2011
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
6/9/2011
Find out the best oils to moisturize big, pregnant bellies.
12/29/2009
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
2/10/2010
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
2/14/2011
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
11/17/2011
Color your hair at home with Tints of Nature salon-grade permanent hair color, made with a natural soy base, which mitigates the damage and health risks typically associated with coloring hair.
3/31/2011
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
5/9/2012
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
11/30/2010
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
6/30/2009
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
10/16/2009
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
6/13/2011
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.
5/2/2012
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.
5/18/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a green gardening series on Biodynamic farming based on her trip to DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma, California. She details the meaning of Biodynamic farming and a field preparation called horn silica 501.
5/19/2010
DeLoach Vineyards winegrower Eric Pooler explains the camaraderie amongst Biodynamic prep stirrers.  
10/21/2010
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
12/13/2011
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
2/2/2011
The ground hog may be signaling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
8/20/2008
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
7/15/2011
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
12/28/2009
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
3/28/2011
Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.
2/4/2010
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
1/5/2012
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
12/22/2011
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
12/6/2013
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
3/16/2012
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
8/16/2011
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.
12/7/2011
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
9/13/2013
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
12/11/2011
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
11/12/2010
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
12/11/2012
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
7/9/2009
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
7/16/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.


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