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4/15/2013
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.
9/4/2009
Minneapolis public relations firm Haberman & Associates wants everyone to enjoy a company-sponsored organic vegetable garden like theirs.
1/31/2012
A Detroit neighborhood garden demonstrates how citizens can work together to reclaim rundown sections of their cities and benefit their entire community.
5/23/2011
A good layer of environmentally friendly mulch such as eucalyptus, pine bark or cocoa hulls will discourage weeds, keep soil up to 10 degrees cooler and help prevent plant disease. What's your favorite green mulch?
3/25/2009
Does the Cookie Monster no longer have a sweet tooth? What is he teaching our kids? Learn more.
12/3/2010
Find out how to make new friends like blogger Jessy Rushing has done through involvement with her local chapter of The Herb Society of America.
10/15/2009
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
12/17/2010
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
6/27/2011
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.
1/12/2009
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.
6/2/2010
In North Carolina’s Triangle region, Crop Mob is reviving community farming.
7/12/2011
In a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood, residents are getting off the grass. They're donating their front yards to a community organization that grows enough fruits and vegetable on the former lawns to feed 50 families. Now, that's local food.
10/31/2011
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.
10/19/2010
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
4/6/2009
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.
7/15/2013
Guerilla gardening can be a useful way to save space around the homestead while connecting with your community. Follow these guidelines to be a respectful guerilla gardener.
7/22/2009
Health care providers in Madison, Wisconsin, have teamed up with community-supported agriculture groups to provide rebates for buying local produce.
6/29/2010
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
1/23/2011
Finca Bella Vista in Costa Rica, a community of sustainable treehouses in the jungle canopy, connected by zip lines and suspension bridges, is an Ewok Village come to life.
7/12/2010
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins comments on the relationships of our family and community and natural world.
11/19/2010
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.
9/22/2010
The World Community Grid uses grid technology and idle computers to power environmental and humanitarian research projects.
11/13/2014
We asked our readers to share their tiny homes: The only criteria was that they be 1000-square-feet or less. Gain inspiration with these small homes from our community of readers who love their tiny homes.
4/24/2011
With all of the rain, the Lemon Verbena Lady has found the perfect time to prune the herbs in her herb garden. 
4/15/2011
One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.
8/8/2014
Try these five editor-recommended picks for quick-fix foods.
1/20/2012
Don’t let winter get you down! Look ahead to warmer months and find some garden inspiration with these beautiful garden images.
3/30/2009
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
7/30/2009
Don’t have the space (or the nerve) to tackle a full-scale garden? Never fear! This gardening rookie finds that a container garden can yield a harvest to rival any in-ground plot.
6/25/2009
Lurie Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Chicago during the day, but a secret escape at night.
6/9/2009
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.
8/12/2011
Create growing space for a small space garden with pocket gardens for posts, chairs, walls and doors.
7/27/2009
The Guerilla Gardener finds that his downtown Kansas City guerilla garden has been vandalized. Find out his next plan of action to keep fresh herbs and vegetables growing in downtown Kansas City.
11/18/2013
There is nothing better for building community than gathering your friends and neighbors for a soup party. Here are five ideas to help you plan yours.
3/30/2011
As farmers markets open across the country, here are 10 good reasons to get out and support your local farmers. (The freshest seasonal food is just a part of it.)
7/29/2011
Designed as a shotgun-style house for natural ventilation, the Alligator House was designed and built as part of the rehousing effort in post-Katrina New Orleans.
7/22/2010
Give the grocery store a rest and try some fresh local food options. Check out the nearest farmer's market, or look into joining a CSA.
5/30/2012
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
1/14/2013
Guest blogger Kathleen Gasperini documents her journey to becoming a successful urban farmer in Los Angeles.
4/12/2011
A spontaneous idea to erect a "spring tree" brings together a neighborhood and community.
11/19/2014
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
11/2/2011
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.
2/5/2012
Rock gardens are one way to brighten your house without having to actually grow things.
5/14/2012
Mighty Fine Gardens’ vertical garden kits provide families with a way to teach their children the value of outdoor time and of making healthy choices with food.
8/17/2009
Once you plant your container garden, the recipe to a happy garden involves water, sunlight, nutrients, pest control—and passion, of course.
7/14/2009
The Guerilla Gardener scopes out the site for a guerilla garden in downtown Kansas City.
5/6/2011
A few jayhawks planted a medicinal garden at the University of Kansas.
7/20/2009
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
10/5/2011
David Salman encourages gardeners to fertilize in fall when root growth is most active and winter fertilizing imperative.
7/15/2012
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.
8/7/2009
The Guerilla Gardener continues Operation Slippery Slope in downtown Kansas City.
5/22/2009
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.
8/14/2009
The Guerilla Gardener continues his mission with Operation Slippery Slope in Kansas City, Missouri.
3/1/2011
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
4/13/2009
The Lemon Verbena Lady makes a visit to an herbal Peruvian clinic & botanical garden in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
1/2/2012
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.
1/25/2011
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her travels to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, an apothecary herb garden in the heart of London.
1/31/2011
Inflammation and the loss of cartilage cause severe pain in arthritis sufferers. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain with these eight natural and herbal remedies.
1/15/2010
The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s a delightful time to curl up with a stack of gardening books and begin planning next season’s harvest.
8/16/2013
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.
11/5/2010
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
9/11/2009
One rookie gardener battles seasonal temperature fluctuations and too much rain in the quest to grow the perfect tomato—and realizes she isn’t alone.
7/19/2012
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
6/15/2011
In a wabi-sabi garden, plants are chosen because they belong in that climate, and they’re allowed to strut their stuff if they’re considerate of the plants around them. Both plants and guests are encouraged to meander and explore.
2/21/2011
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
6/17/2009
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits New York City and discovers the New York Botanical Garden.
4/28/2009
Fond memories of an anniversary trip to France and the beautiful Chateau de Villandry inspires the Lemon Verbena Lady to advocate kitchen gardens. Not only do they attract beautiful insects but they also spice up your summer meals.
5/18/2009
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!
6/6/2012
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
11/13/2009
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
5/19/2009
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.
4/14/2010
We found another cute garden decor idea. Check it out!
11/12/2008
"Help!  My plant is under insect attack - what are they, what will they do to my other plants and how can I attack back?" Find out here!
7/9/2009
The Lemon Verbena Lady describes her 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Loire Valley in France and shares her search for unusual herbs.
6/14/2012
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.
10/7/2009
When jalapenos take over, what’s a rookie gardener to do? Dry ’em, freeze ’em, smoke ’em, and more.
9/23/2008
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants?  Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
8/30/2010
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
5/31/2012
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.
6/17/2010
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains the different types of manure available for your green garden.
4/21/2009
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!
2/25/2011
Take a trip across the pond with the Lemon Verbena Lady to discover a 300-year-old garden.
5/18/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a green gardening series on Biodynamic farming based on her trip to DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma, California. She details the meaning of Biodynamic farming and a field preparation called horn silica 501.
4/10/2012
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!


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