Guest blogger Heidi Cardenas commits to a 100 percent recycling program and discusses the good—and free—things that can come from that.
Use a rain barrel or a larger rainwater collection and irrigation system instead of paying for water this summer.
Plastic we don't recycle ends up in our oceans. Alkaline batteries leak toxins into the air, water and soil when sent to landfills. What if we all took responsibility for recycling common items we use? Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011, by taking the pledge to recycle more.
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.
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
Artemisia absinthium, more commonly known as wormwood, is a bitter herb with many medicinal purposes. It is also an attractive plant in the landscape. Learn more about it.
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.
Save water, time and money on your landscape with beautiful drought-tolerant ornamental grasses.
Add valerian to your herb garden or to a wet area of your landscape to grow your own natural sleep and relaxation aid.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
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.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Do you understand how herbs work? We profile dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a medicinal Chinese herb with high vitamin and mineral content along with many beneficial phytochemicals.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
Chamomile is both easy to grow and useful for treating various health problems.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.
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.
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!
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat many conditions including depression and stress. Its common name comes from associations with St. John the Baptist.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
Calendula officinalis, a bright and cheery herb for any border or kitchen garden, is more than just another pretty flower. It has many uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet and personal care arena.
Growing lettuce and other salad greens is easy when you plant in salad boxes.
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.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
These powerhouse herbs are great for runners. They act as natural energy enhancers, improve stamina and endurance, heal aches and pains and improve circulatory health.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
Commercial toothpastes and gels are not the only way to keep your mouth and teeth fresh and clean. Try these home remedies for healthy teeth and gums without the risky chemicals.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.