Gearing Up For Spring
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.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
Spring landscape clean-up means more compost riches.
Hipcycle.com offers new upcycled products for spring 2012
Prometheus Springs’ capsaicin-spiced elixirs pack the spiciness—and health benefits—of capsaicin into six delicious flavors.
Although I’m not a mother, I find myself worrying about my future children’s health. What are your children eating for lunch at their schools?
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.
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.
Keep warm with hand-knitted scarves, hats and hand warmers from Icebox Knitting’s two lines of products made from upcycled materials.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
California architect Matthew Hofman gives a 1978 Airstream a good green makeover.
Denise Franklin's 280-square-foot cabin in British Columbia provides everything she needs--and more.
Gina takes her first step into sustainable living.
In the five months since its launch, Crush 100 percent recycled glass tile from Fireclay Tile has upcycled more than 55,000 pounds of glass from its local environment.
Add eco-friendly home décor to your space by displaying upcycled art such as vintage fabrics, old t-shirts, magazines and ephemera. Personalize your art with family memorabilia and a unique frame to make a one of a kind eco-friendly creation.
Here’s a list of what foods are in season this spring. You should be able to find the best deals on these items at grocery stores and farmers’ markets this time of year.
Get ready for spring! Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares her ideas for organizing her home by repurposing and reusing the stuff she already has, and she invites you to share your spring cleaning ideas with her.
While giving her small home a deep green retrofit, designer Tracy Parker finds that reclaimed wood flooring is grounding and gorgeous.
While many indications point to house size shrinking in America, National Public Radio reports that the McMansion is far from dead.
Looking for more information on natural beauty and organic skin car? Check out these blogs!
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
Get our best garden tips from the April/May issue of Mother Earth Living.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence finds a company that upcycles old yoga mats. Recycle Your Mat, a company founded by yogini Stephanie Stano in 2008 gives yoga mats a second life as an upcycled or recycled product.
Protect yourself from cold winter winds with homemade sweater mittens, hats and blankets.
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.
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.
Wrap drinking glasses in handmade paper for pretty, easy-to-make vases and votive holders.
With no building experience but a lot of determination, Gary Zuker built an 800-square-foot straw-clay home on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas--for $40,000.
Reclaimed furniture can add a rustic yet elegant touch to your home. Find out why you should choose reclaimed over new and how to incorporate it in your home.
Alcohol-based infusions are wonderful for deglazing the skillet after searing a steak or piece of chicken, or you can drizzle them on ice cream for a grown-up dessert.
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
Spring is the perfect season to start a nature journal. Observe and record the natural wonders of the season and connect to both nature and self, while practicing mindfulness and expressing creativity. Try these simple spring journaling prompts to get started!
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.
Lemon Verbena Lady continues her exploration of Shakespeare and the herbal flowers and herbs from his plays for a reader of The Herb Channeler. Also she updates some additional seed catalogs.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares images of the spring flowers blooming in her garden.
If spring is giving you peas, it's best to eat them right away before their sugars degrade. Here's how to whip them up into a wonderful spring soup.
Spring cleaning in the garden, for the Lemon Verbena Lady, begins by examining some of her favorite herbs. Read on as she shares how she's pacing herself this spring.
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
Writer Julia Normand reclaims the weathered wood doors from a Quonset hut on the edge of her Alaska homestead to decorate her living room wall and create a living history memorial to her husband’s family history in fishing.
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
A wonderful, whimsical Austin eco-remodel is the playful expression of two highly creative minds.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
Many of Cynthia's plants, such as bluebonnet and Kaffir lime, had a difficult battle during the winter. They are now blooming in her early spring garden.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
FLOR's Spring 2012 collection of modular carpet tiles includes cozy berbers and bold prints made from recycled Nylon, wool and other sustainable fibers.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
The winter weather is putting a damper on my mood. Last night, in a desperate attempt to lighten things up, I cooked up Orecchiette with Goat Cheese, Peas and Mint, a quick pasta dish that celebrates spring.
These nettle chips are deliciously unique and packed with nutrients. Try this perfectly satisfying salty snack in early spring.
A spontaneous idea to erect a "spring tree" brings together a neighborhood and community.
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they're not necessary. Learn how to clean your entire kitchen using vinegar, baking soda and a little salt and lemon juice. You'll love the results!
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
This spring garden festival will provide herb enthusists with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and more, all grown from local farms and greenhouses.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
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.
Celebrate spring by indulging in these 5 seasonal superfoods—delicious, nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables.
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!
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