Mother Earth News Garden Planner
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
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.
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
These tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News, published in 1970, will make your housekeeping more enjoyable and efficient. Mother has always known best.
Going to be in the Seattle area the first weekend in June? Then join us at the Mother Earth News Fair, a fun, family-friend event focused on sustainability.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I share a bit of the history of chai including hints for making the perfect cup.
RSVP for the Bee-a-thon on July 16 to learn about the role of bees in our lives and what we can do about the challenges they face today.
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.
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
Mother Earth News Radio recently interviewed Jim May, the first person to bring Stevia rebaudioside into the United States. Stevia is known most for its naturally sweet leaves. Listen to the interview here.
Consider these garden planning tips for beginners before jumping in to gardening.
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.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
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.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a wonderful harvest of lemon verbena leaves to use in cooking and crafts. She has also discovered a new pest that may be trying to harm her favorite herb.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
If you're planning to plant a garden this spring, now is the perfect time to start choosing plants, ordering seeds and making plans.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
The Guerilla Gardener scopes out the site for a guerilla garden in downtown Kansas City.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
Perhaps the more fitting expression would be, a watched seed never sprouts. But with this clever time lapse camera from Brinno, a great product for this spring, you can see your garden grow from day one until the first snow!
The Guerilla Gardener clues us in to his next guerilla gardening experiment, lovingly dubbed, "Operation Slippery Slope."
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.
The Guerilla Gardener continues his mission with Operation Slippery Slope in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Guerilla Gardener continues Operation Slippery Slope in downtown Kansas City.
The Lemon Verbena Lady gets you organized for fall clean up and ready for spring planting. There are lots of herbal seed and plant catalog choices as well.
Chado-En tea company will donate 100 percent of profits from the sale of its special cherry blossom tea to Japanese relief efforts.
Ditch the toxins in conventional laundry products. Keep your clothes clean with the best natural laundry detergent!
A new study has found that lack of sleep can cause memory loss.
In an effort to inspire others to participate in environmental and social activism, The Timberland Company named Wyclef Jean, a Grammy-award winning musician and humanitarian, one of its seven Earthkeepers Heroes.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
The Mother Earth Living editors pick their top five favorite natural lip balms.
These six great natural and organic chocolate bars will satisfy your sweet tooth while paying mind to the earth.
Give your locks the love they deserve with these five best natural shampoos, handpicked by the Mother Earth Living editors.
The new Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior, a smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg, makes picking dinner from the garden easy.
Tomato-growing enthusiasts can now grow tomatoes in any climate - indoors, with all of the taste of home garden summertime tomatoes.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest styling tools from Pure Heat Tools. The Pure Heat Tools Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is lightweight, made of recycled materials and is minimally packaged in recycled cardboard.
Minneapolis public relations firm Haberman & Associates wants everyone to enjoy a company-sponsored organic vegetable garden like theirs.
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.
A Tulikivi soapstone fireplace and cook stove complement the off-grid lifestyle of a Montana man and his Earthship home.
As Passive House Institute standards up the ante, USA Today’s "Best Green Homes of 2010" list reflects Americans’ desire for affordability, efficiency and style.
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.
Rock gardens are one way to brighten your house without having to actually grow things.
Once you plant your container garden, the recipe to a happy garden involves water, sunlight, nutrients, pest control—and passion, of course.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
Michelle Obama's new organic White House vegetable garden is the first of its kind since World War II. I spoke with a friend who was at the scene as students from a local elementary school broke ground Friday, which was the first day of spring. Find out what the new "First Herbs of the United States" are.
The fourth annual Earth Hour is Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Turn off the lights and take a stand against climate change!
This year Earth Day turns 40 and focuses attention to building a global clean energy economy.
Gather your friends to host a party or just enjoy the quiet as you turn off the lights for one hour to show your love for the planet.
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence suggests some tasty, eco-conscious recipes and tips for your Earth Day celebration.
Landscape designer Alma Hecht turned a tiny house into a welcoming home and studio with cozy outdoor 'rooms' that extend her living space.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
Create growing space for a small space garden with pocket gardens for posts, chairs, walls and doors.
Don’t let winter get you down! Look ahead to warmer months and find some garden inspiration with these beautiful garden images.
Check out these eco-friendly garden products that were designed by Northern California gardeners.
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
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.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
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.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
A Detroit neighborhood garden demonstrates how citizens can work together to reclaim rundown sections of their cities and benefit their entire community.
Check out our favorite garden products to help you enjoy gardening this spring.
"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!
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains the different types of manure available for your green garden.
Turn out the lights. Light the candles. Tomorrow night (March 28) from 8:30-9:30 (in your time zone) is Earth Hour.
A few jayhawks planted a medicinal garden at the University of Kansas.
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.
Grow a balcony herb garden to reap the many benefits of herbs while living in the city.
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.
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
David Salman encourages gardeners to fertilize in fall when root growth is most active and winter fertilizing imperative.
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.
Join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she visits some community gardens in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to get you ready for this year's gardening season.
Give Mom a gift that offers fair wages and opportunity to people and communities in developing countries. There are now more Fair Trade products available than ever.
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.
Family vacations to natural botanical gardens offer just as much all-ages fun without the hassle of crowds or pollution common at most amusement parks. Visit one of the oldest and largest botanical institutions in the United States: The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. See photos here!
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her travels to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, an apothecary herb garden in the heart of London.
Organic gardening connects us with the earth and produces good-for-you food.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Stumped on what to give your friend or family member with an apartment garden? Try one of these ideas for gifts for gardeners.
Get inspired with these fun and unique apartment gardening ideas.
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.
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.
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.
Planting herbs in pots is a great way to jump into gardening, and you'll be able to use your harvest every day.
Meet Lydia, a fairy scientist set out to discover the secret world of fairies.
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.
I've had little opportunity to actually test live plants in my tenure with The Herb Companion. So, when DutchGardens.com sent me some of their beautiful tulip and hyacinth varieties, I was excited and impressed! See some results in this photo-blog!
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
The Obamas plant an organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
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
When jalapenos take over, what’s a rookie gardener to do? Dry ’em, freeze ’em, smoke ’em, and more.
Sit back with your favorite herbal beverage and join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she travels from Canada to Europe and back to the United States visiting gardens and checking items off her herbal bucket list.
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson takes a step-by-step look at her daily activities to see just how environmentally friendly she really is.
Lurie Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Chicago during the day, but a secret escape at night.
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
Natural Home editorial intern Amanda Thompson talks about the benefits her family has seen from keeping a small organic food garden.
Gardening with kids doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five simple steps to make gardening with kids more enjoyable.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
I wish you could experience the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Blooming wisteria drapes over rows of trellised classical columns and flowering fruit trees shimmer in the breeze.
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a chance to revisit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2013, getting a chance to finally see the newly renovated Herb Garden.
We found another cute garden decor idea. Check it out!
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits New York City and discovers the New York Botanical Garden.
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.
When the Lemon Verbena Lady visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens during her NYC vacation she quickly learned that timing is everything when it comes to herbal travels.
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.
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants? Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
Guest blogger Jenn Leonard shares her experience with natural lawn nutrition service, Bio Green.
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
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!
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
Here are some tips to help you bring the attractive aroma and classic beauty of scented geraniums indoors.
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 ...
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore gets creative when the raised beds she orders for her garden are too deep.
My Mobilegro invention is much more than the next new innovative home gardening product to hit the market.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards and her family plan for spring gardening and growing food.
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!
Kriste Misiak and her family won our Ultimate Garden Giveaway, receiving farm equipment and tools for all of their farming needs.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
People with Alzheimer's and other dementias can benefit in many ways from gardening and being in the garden.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore documents the beginnings of her family's organic food garden.
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
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.
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.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz makes plans to grow her own tomatoes, onions, peppers and cilantro.
Explore your choices in small-space garden design with tips about types of containers.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her first attempt at container gardening.
Get your children excited about helping with the garden this year with these five fun activities.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
We all know that carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of global warming. Now, we can pinpoint exactly where the problem is concentrated.
Blogger Laurie Dickson is blogging from the Living Future "unconference" in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Living Future is devoted to promoting innovative green design that focuses on real solutions for real planetary problems.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains the environmental significance of September 25, 2009, which is Earth Overshoot Day.
The Lemon Verbena Lady makes a visit to an herbal Peruvian clinic & botanical garden in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
A visit to The Cloisters medieval museum and gardens in New York City reminds the Lemon Verbena Lady just how close gardens an art are related.
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.
Although Angostura bitters may be short in supply, they're not short on flavor.
Guest blogger Jennifer Flaten discovers the pains of dealing with overgrown plants.
Practice zero-waste gardening by donating your garden’s excess produce to local food pantries or other community organizations.
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.
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.
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.
Sales of antibiotics for domestic food animals increased 6.7 percent in the last year, while meat production increased just 1.3 percent.
Perfect Seasonal Styles with Peter Lamas Naturals’ "Hold Me" and "Repair Me"
Vitamin D helps support the immune system and the hormones that regulate mood and sleep.
SheaMoisture looks to help women capture their individuality with The Art of Color.
An update of my mother's pasta salad recipe, adding asparagus, tarragon and sorrel for cold pasta salad with hot nutrition and flavor.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Cast your vote for which culinary garden you'd be most interested in learning how to grow.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
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.
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
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.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
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!
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.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
Guest blogger Kathleen Gasperini documents her journey to becoming a successful urban farmer in Los Angeles.
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.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
Listen to these tunes to get you through tilling or motivate you to grow tomatoes.
Making your own compost bin is simple. Compost bins are great for disposing kitchen scraps to make fresh, rich compost for 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.
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.
In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.
Paula’s Choice introduces its Earth Sourced collection—a line of natural and vegan skin-care products.
In its ongoing search for sources of high-quality botanicals, the organic spice experts at Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ recently established a working partnership with tea growers in South Africa.
Everyone needs balance in life. Whether or not scent plays a role in keeping you calm and balanced is up to each individual, but when I get a whiff of Golden Earth chakra oils, I feel relaxed.
Existing homes that are certified as “green” sold for 30 percent more than homes without such a designation, according to an analysis of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region released today by Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource. Newly constructed homes with a sustainability certification sold for 8 percent more than non-certified homes.
This result continues a four-year trend in which new homes with third-party certification for sustainable construction and energy performance have consistently sold for more than newly constructed homes that had not been certified. The term 'certified home' includes homes that received an Earth Advantage New Homes, ENERGY STAR, or a LEED for Homes designation, or a combined Earth Advantage/ENERGY STAR certification.
A California couple is hitting the road in a greened-up Airstream to share and gather lessons on living sustainbly.
In honor of Earth Day, the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance has teamed up with Anthropologie to create unique window display art made from recycled corks.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
The Lemon Verbena Lady describes her 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Loire Valley in France and shares her search for unusual herbs.
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
Learn about the food sovereignty movement and what it means to you.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about cilantro. It's bold appeal becomes overwhelming for some. Let's just chalk it all up to genetics.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring landscape clean-up means more compost riches.
I never could have imagined a few months ago, before I started working for The Herb Companion, that I would be contemplating planting my own herb garden.
Gardening can make a difference! Across the country, people are building rain gardens to filter contaminants and ease overburdened stormwater systems. Here's how to build a rain garden in 10 easy steps.
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.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
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.
Grow mushrooms to help improve garden soil.
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
The set launch of Worm’s Way Group’s new website promises improved usability, more speed and exclusive web-based promotions.
Blogging about beginner gardening.
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
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
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
Take a trip across the pond with the Lemon Verbena Lady to discover a 300-year-old garden.
Evidence of fenugreek seeds contaminated with E. coli leads to a recall of teas and dietary supplements in the EU.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
USDA tests have discovered pesticide residue on a large majority of cilantro samples, including products not approved for use on the herb.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
In light of the recent natural disasters in Japan, two woman are asking herbalist to ban together to help protect a few lives and donate herbal supplies for an organization called Herb for Japan.
People on both coasts of the U.S. are worried about Japan's leaking radiation entering their food supply—but is there really cause for concern?
The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient book that has puzzled experts and scientists for years. But an important piece of the puzzle may have been solved. Read more.
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
A new study finds that people who take vitamins for a decade do better on certain memory tests that those who don’t take vitamins.
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
Choosing the ideal products for your skin type can get complicated. Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine and get a head start on clean skin in 2013 with Elemental Herbology’s NEW Starter Kits.
Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.
'Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.'
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
A summertime symbol, the firefly, is slowly disappearing from nature. Read how you can help prevent this from happening.
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.
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.
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!
Growing lettuce and other salad greens is easy when you plant in salad boxes.
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.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.
This fish tank is filled with plants like you've never seen before.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore harvests her first round of fresh spinach from the garden to bring to the dinner table.
Got some mint? Try some of these easy-to-make recipes for smooth, rich, dark chocolate mint truffles and candied mint leaves. You'll never wonder what to do with mint again.
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
Ladybugs are a simple, cheap and effective means of destroying an aphid infestation that just won't go away.
Mixing ergonomic structure with a functional, innovative design makes the Radius NRG line my favorite gardening tool set on the market. And not to sound too much like a salesman (I don't work on commission) they are now available from The Herb Companion.
Ever had trouble growing rosemary outdoors, or getting it to survive past winter? Want to learn everything you need to know about growing gardenias? Find answers to the toughest questions and watch your plants return next spring with these simple steps.
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.
I've never thought of myself one to carry on the family tradition of farming - but now that I have the opportunity to raise chickens within city limits, I am going to give it a shot! Read about how I'm getting started in urban chicken farming. And please, send me suggestions!
A kitchen garden offers many benefits beyond saving money.
We found this cute garden decor and insist you take a look!
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.
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.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
When you write for a blog called The Garden Gnome, you tend to get a lot of wacky things many of that make great holiday gifts. Among my favorite is the new book and guide to life, How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.
This book is packed with 20 intricate designs, charts, gardening tips and tricks and conventional wisdom passed down through the years.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
A restaurant heads to the rooftops for eco-friendly gardening.
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
Guest blogger Jennifer Flaten discovers some easy plant identification tools to help her identify unknown plants in her Wisconsin garden.
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.
Learn more about La Plaza Cultural community garden in New York City; create a recycled garden at home.
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.
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares how snow has helped her winter herb garden grow.
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.
Help your kids develop their green thumb by teaching them to compost.
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?
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.
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
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
Misunderstanding of the “use-by” or “sell-by” date on products (not the same as an expiration date) leads to tons of food waste each year.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
Women with greater fiber intake are 11 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Many Americans don’t get enough fiber every day, so here are a few ways to add more fiber to your diet.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
Made from Tagua, Habitus tiles are natural sustainable and suitable for floors or walls.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
If you've been keeping up with this year's Winter Olympics, you may have noticed the strange bouquets being handed out to Olympians. Learn more about them.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
Sweet Beginnings, an urban apiary on an undeveloped strip of land near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, provides employment to former convicts and produces raw honey and a line of all-natural honey-based skincare products.
Citing breaches of contract and “good faith,” Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut has announced that it is cutting ties with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), no longer allowing the branch to certify Passive Houses in the U.S.
Interested in Kate Middleton's elegantly understated royal wedding bouquet? We've got the inside scoop.
The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt consumption and still have delicious herbal meals.
Beware of certain produce if you're pregnant. Some pesticides may affect your growing child.
A new report from Food Safety News finds that up to one-third of all honey in the U.S. is illegally imported from China and possibly contaminated with antibiotics and lead.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
Coffee may be more beneficial to your health than previously thought. A new study explains the connection of coffee and decrease in stroke risk among women.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
Anyone who has ever grown garlic knows how delicious the green tops are in spring salads and perhaps have even tossed a handful into a soup stock. With their heady garlic scent and bright green goodness, these edible green grasses are just the thing for winter weary palates.
I'm sure you've seen these nifty little garden tools on TV - the Aqua Globe. Read my review to see what I really think about these As-Seen-On-TV "Wonders."
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.
I know an awful lot about plants. I know precious little about cooking. Could the old adage be true? Does any good relationship have a gardener and a chef?
Last week, we sent you our warmest wishes for the holiday season. This week, I show you a special sneak peek behind the festivity of our holiday video. And let me tell you ... we're crazy.
I have to admit it: I’m full of beans when it comes to gardening. I swore that this year, no really, I was only going to grow a few herbs in pots. And then, the seed catalogs came.
We found this cute garden decor idea and insist you take a look!
This herb cupcake is calorie-free and so darn cute!
You've probably seen this product in the endless issues of SkyMall, but let me just tell you, the AeroGarden is every bit as cool as it looks! Also read the history behind, "Mary, Mary quite contrary ..."
Heartburn affects 44 percent of the population, and experts warn that serious side effects are more serious than we consider – potentially cancer. Learn about some treatments from experts that aren’t so tough to swallow.
With these black flowers in your garden, it's easier to make a spooky bouquet.
Deer proof your garden with these 5 helpful tips.
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.
Although pickling is the most well known use for dill, don't forget all the wonderful ways to include this herb in your life. Enter for a chance to win dill 'Dukat' seed packets.
This garden favorite is great for salads, mesclun mixes, pastas and pizza. Comment for your chance to win a packet of arugula seeds from Renee's Garden.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
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.
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
Jessica recommends several sources for inspiration to grow vegetables into the fall and winter.
Kansas City's 18Broadway project is a superb example of how to capture and store rainwater to grow food in the heart of downtown.
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
Ponca City, Oklahoma, gathering draws more than 20,000 visitors.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Look no further! This adorable gift from the garden is inexpensive, easy to make and enriched with sentiment, courtesy of our good friends at Botanical Interests.
We're still frosting in Kansas but the herbs have gone on sale, and I'm happy to report that even though times are tough I'm keeping our nurseries in business. Chocolate mint, pineapple sage and lemon thyme are just a few of the herbs I've added so far this spring.
When you are overwhelmed by the big picture or aggressive herbs take over, focus on smaller herbal vignettes.
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.
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!
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.
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
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.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares images of the spring flowers blooming in her garden.
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.
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!
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.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
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.
Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
A new thyme variety at a local farmers' market inspired one blogger's interest in learning about this versatile herb.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial, meaning it takes two years to mature and reproduce. Get your chance to grow parsley from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveawy. Ends April 2, 2012!
Besides composting, eggshells have many great uses both in the garden and in the home. Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull details how to reuse eggshells.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
According to the Okinawan diet, those who eat fewer calories just might live longer. Dr. Amber French discusses this study and analyzes how cutting 20 percent of your daily calorie intake might help you lose weight stave off age-related disease.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
Diethyl phthalate is an ingredient used in many body care products that guest blogger Dawn has concern with. Learn how to use a costemic safety database to find out if your cosmetics are safe or include harmful ingredients.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
Wrigley, a giant in the chewing gum industry, has received approval from the FSA to use magnolia bark extract in future products.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
A new study shows that olive leaf extract may lower blood pressure.
Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range of health conditions, including heart failure and strokes.
October means it’s time for Breast Cancer Awareness month—and a new onslaught of pinkwashing.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
The original Coke recipe, a closely-guarded secret, is reportedly built on the distinctive flavors of herbal essential oils.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
This herb's medicinal use dates back to 400 B.C., and researchers may have found another reason why our anchestors may have been onto something.
Kroger recently recalled select pet food brands from 19 states. Learn how to protect your pets from contaminants found in store-bought pet food by making your own.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions.
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Atrazine, a common herbicide that can cause birth defects, washes off crops and lawns and makes its way to our drinking water supply. Atrazine levels in our water supply are highest between the months of April and July, especially in the Midwest.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.
Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull tries her hand at making gnocchi.
To celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo I'm throwing a party featuring some of the special Mexican herbs growing in my garden. Try these four unusual recipes: Black Bean Salsa with Cilantro, Papadzules, Minto Mojitos and Chocolate Banana Burritos!
A highlighted tour of the 76th annual meeting and Educational Conference of the Herb Society of America.
The health benefits of whole tart cherries are widely documented – improving sleep, fighting off infection and slowing the aging process. Now there’s a cherry juice not from concentrate – read about CherryPharm and its benefits…
Check out this interesting art! Plein air artist Susan Bell transforms manure from her horses into animal sculptures that decompose in your yard.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore grows Campari tomatoes in her Utah garden.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
With fall rain comes weedy crops. Learn more about Texas rain and it what it's doing to Herb Companion reader, Cynthia Meredith's, garden.
A fire ripped through and destroyed the home and garden of an Herb Companion friend, Ester Shouse. Read Ester's story and find out what you can do to help.
Like herbs, evergreen trees have a powerful fragrance, some even with medicinal properties, and with a few simple steps, you can find the perfect tree to keep safe from fire and fresh throughout the holidays.
Recognizing Spinach plants when they bolt and harvesting what is left that is useful.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Back to the Roots (BTTR) is collecting 20,000 pounds of coffee grounds each week, cultivating them into a rich substrate from which to grow oyster mushrooms and make grow-it-at-home mushroom kits.
La Chanh Nguyen's eco-friendly designs are changing the function common household items. Her process is simple; she deconstructs an object and recreates it with a green purpose and function.
Plant a patio garden, get a more efficient TV and change your light bulbs, suggests eco-designer Sabrina Soto.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
Consider these three ideas before you kill the dandelions in your garden.
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
Medicines and extracted herbs can be disgusting, even diluted in water. Luckily, there's a trick for those of us who don't want to grimace every time we try and do something healthy for our bodies! Read more ...
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.
Ten years ago the Lemon Verbena looked for big herbs that would take up space but still add a punch to the herb garden. Here are the results, ten years later.
Try growing chervil in your garden this spring. Also, enter our latest garden giveawy by leaving us a comment, explaining how you would use the plant.
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
Kathy Amen was excited to share photos of her home with The Herb Companion. She has been inspired to plant more herbs and build a greenhouse for them out of salvaged windows.
Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner shares how to make a homemade bug-repellent spray.
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
Calendula is an easy flower to grow. Plant in full sun flower beds, containers, and vegetable and herb gardens.
Four-o’clocks are an old favorite that have been around a long time. There is a reason why they have been in your family garden for generations. Comment for your chance to win four-o'clock seeds, courtesy Renee's Garden.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
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.
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.
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!
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
It's difficult to understand supplements when reputable sources just can't seem to get it right. The NPA recently challenged the Wall Street Journal about an article they published concerning dietary supplements. Read more.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Some foods can help you get better sleep. Try these tips to fight insomnia with natural sleep aids.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares more about her experience at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a popular flower show in the United Kingdom. Here she discusses which of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens were her favorites.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her likes and dislikes of homemade pizza and some of her favorite pizza parlors in the Seattle area.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull reviews her seafood past along with a couple shellfish recipe from her Pacific Northwest family.
Guest blogger KyLynn shares a step-by-step photo gallery of how to clean razor clams.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull goes without meat for a month. Try her meatless recipes!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
Learn more about the peanut butter fruit that could be a part of your fruit garden.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
A spontaneous idea to erect a "spring tree" brings together a neighborhood and community.
Finding used art can brighten your garden without emptying your pocketbook.
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more.
It is still very hot here in my part of Texas. Day after day the temperature reaches 100 degrees or above with no rain. I was in town this morning and two people stopped me to ask how to keep their plants alive in this weather. Here is my advice.
Until this year our newest guest blogger thought loofahs were a sea sponge. Wrong! While visiting California she came across The Luffa Farm in Nipomo, California. Discover what's so great about growing a luffa gourd!
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
Try saving seed from a few of your garden favorites this year. The number of seeds sold in the seed catalogs decreases every year. Saving seed may save that particular variety from extinction.
Jessy Rushing explores a fun, locally owned nursery called Diggin' It in Texas.
Watch for beneficial ladybugs the next time you rid your garden of tansy. The Lemon Verbena Lady shares pictures and a short story about tansy, russian sage and ladybugs in her herb garden.
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.
A new study from the Ecology Center found traces of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products—and that chemicals in hoses leach into water.
The solar powered RainPerfect pump system is a great way to harvest the rain that does fall and recycle it to help your gardens and lawns stay hydrated and rejuvenated.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lotions from Garden of Eve.
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
This year, The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members is being held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.
During day two at The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members we stopped for breakfast at the Centennial herb garden.
Saturday morning brings adventures with an overflowing dishwasher, pesky puppy and pretty sunflowers.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
Our Natural Home & Garden cover shoot process has evolved throughout the year. Read a behind-the-scenes take on our covers.
That sage (ahem!) advice is from the Wall Street Journal Online, in an article about how small investments in buying seeds can reap large returns in the coming year.
Heavy cream and sherry lend this simple mushroom soup a sophisticated flavor. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy guest blogger KyLynn Hull.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
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.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits the VanDusen Botanical Garden's herb garden and finds that it doesn't take a lot of room to have a fragrant and flavorful herb garden.
Got Hosta, Day Lilies or maybe some old records you’re not using? Recycle them in these fun, easy-to-make decorations, perfect for a Horrific Halloween!
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
If you're looking for an indoor garden that keeps animals away and requires little space, the Woolly Pocket is right for you!
Poo-Pourri spray claims it can eliminate stinky bathroom odors. The Garden Gnome finds out if it really works.
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
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.
This weekend project is perfect for the herb gardener with limited space. It gives more surface area for the herbs to spill from, a lot more soil to hold nutrients and water, and root room for all the extra herbs.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
One of my favorite herbs from Hort Couture is Salvia officinalis ‘La Crema’, a fragrant, variegated sage that is currently thriving in my Zone 6 garden. Learn more about this brand with style.
Win sunflower seeds, attract pollinators and help bee populations in your area.
Essential Oils really are properly named! But do you know all the ways to use them? 19 tips and tricks you can use for an essentially wonderful life.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
DeLoach Vineyards winegrower Eric Pooler explains the camaraderie amongst Biodynamic prep stirrers.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Sodas cause abnormal weight gain and are laced with unpleasant ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and BPA. Need a reason to stop drinking soda? We’ll give you six.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull finally discovers the beauty of smoothies—and shares four recipes for homemade concoctions!
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
My baby chicken, Blondie, is growing up to become quite the obedient bird and developing quite the personality.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
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.
These growing strategies will help any beginning herb garden. Discover which herbs are easiest to grow from seed, which are easily propagated from division, and which are easily grown from cuttings.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
This spring garden festival will provide herb enthusists with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and more, all grown from local farms and greenhouses.
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.
In the summer of 2008, one guest blogger started reading Rosemary’s Sampler, an herb blog by two of her two favorite sisters from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to start writing her own blog: Lemon Verbena Lady’s Herb Garden.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares how food affects her culture and family.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a rich and hearty recipe for potato-vegetable soup.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for Sausage Vegetable Stew, a recreation of a soup she enjoyed at In the Red Wine Bar and Cafe in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for homemade French Onion soup, a classic favorite.
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.
Our guest blogger from Texas, Cynthia Meredith, cleans out her herb beds to make way for thyme, chamomile, lovage and other herb plants.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a simple and tasty recipe for hearty mushroom and leek soup.
Don't forget to protect your skin this summer! Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus discusses the importance of organic sunscreen for summertime enjoyment.
Making your own baby food not only saves you money but allows you control over what's in your baby's food. Get started—and find out just how easy it is—with these homemade baby food recipes.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares money-saving secrets learned from years of shopping secondhand.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
Cool weather means it’s time to cozy up with a bowl of homemade soup. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her favorite soup recipes—and why she loves soup so much.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares an inexpensive and easy recipe for yellow pea soup, a low-fat but tasty vegetarian soup.
The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.
Cool off with a glass of refreshing iced tea with the Mother Earth Living Editors’ Picks of the best iced tea varieties for summer.
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
A reader's request leads Lemon Verbena Lady into exploring the works of William Shakespeare for some of the herbal flowers and herbs of Elizabethan England. There is so much that there had to be a second act.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has been enjoying the 2012 Herb of the Year, the rose, in her garden. In this post, she shares her five favorite roses and instructions for how to make a delectable Rose Petal Jam.