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.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
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 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.
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.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
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.
The new Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior, a smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg, makes picking dinner from the garden easy.
Laurel chronicles the tale of her hot water heater meltdown—and the quest to get a tankless water heater.
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.
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.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
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!
Zephyr’s new range hoods are quieter, more powerful and more energy-efficient with DC Energy Technology, HD LED Bulbs and an Integrated PC Board.
Get to know Traditional Community Herbalist Kristine Brown and enter to win a subscription to Herbal Roots Zine, a great resource for teaching kids about herbs!
Jessica is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
Some people are not a fan of drinking "boring" water, despite how good it is for you. Add herbal flair to water with this simple infusion recipe.
Here is the ideal guide for architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, facility managers, and building owners for understanding the project certification process for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
Consider these three ideas before you kill the dandelions in your garden.
Don’t let winter get you down! Look ahead to warmer months and find some garden inspiration with these beautiful garden images.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Follow these three quick, simple steps to take your guest room from lifeless to luxurious.
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.
In the down real-estate market, more people are choosing to renovate rather than relocate. Use these tips to create a customized home that supports your lifestyle.
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, guest blogger Marguerite Dunne made sure she found a wise woman, a root woman and a healer with whom she could discuss the ethnobotany of the area.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
Located near mountains, beaches and the rainforest, Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica offers guests comfort, natural beauty and a host of eco-friendly options that earned the resort a four-leaf rating from the Certification in Sustainable Tourism program.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
Rose hips are an excellent addition to many soaps and skin care products. Learn why.
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.
Check out these eco-friendly garden products that were designed by Northern California gardeners.
The White Hawk Project aims to save an endangered stretch of primary virgin rainforest on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
The set launch of Worm’s Way Group’s new website promises improved usability, more speed and exclusive web-based promotions.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz helps her family plan an eco-friendly road trip complete with a hybrid car, organic snacks and energy-efficient hotels.
Organique by Himalaya, a line of pure personal care products made by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, received the NPA Natural Standard Seal on all 20 products.
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.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
Herb Companion intern Stephanie Nelson shares her favorite recipe for Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
A restaurant heads to the rooftops for eco-friendly gardening.
My herbie radar goes into overdrive during this time of year and I’m on the prowl for celebrations of all things herbal. How fortunate to know about the Herb Fest in Beaumont, Texas—my old stompin’ grounds.
Green is Universal and Etsy's The Art of Reuse Contest is a gold mine for DIY home project ideas. My favorite pays homage to Audrey Hepburn's ahead-of-its-time sofa made from an old clawfoot bathtub in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
From Colorado to California, these green ski resorts are some of the most environmentally focused ski resorts in the U.S.
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.
Love the taste of buttery super market rolls? Replicate the flavor at home with this homemade buttery rolls recipe.
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
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.
Madalene Hill left a lasting impression on many people in her life, including The Herb Companion. Such an influential and inspirational figure in the herb community, K.C. Compton reflects on Madalene's influence.
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.
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!
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains the ways in which we are increasingly removed from the deeper rhythms and cycles and flow of our source.
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.
Natural Home intern Carly Halvorson shares her recent research on the Monolithic Dome Institute website about monolithic dome houses.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
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.
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Herbal Remedies resource app. This guide makes herbal health simple by breaking down 20 herbs you should know and 20 health concerns you probably want to know more about.
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.
Managing editor Jessica Kellner discussed her early house hunting experience and her hopes to do green remodeling.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
Kneipp Healthy Feet Cooling Foot Gel gives a tingly relief to tired feet.
Victoria Gazeley considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin, located on 7 acres of fertile earth in British Columbia, a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
Wabi-sabi is never slobby, but we can allow ourselves to stop trying so hard and just appreciate our warm bed at the end of the day—whether it’s made or not.
The “Cash for Caulkers” home-retrofitting program, known as the Home Star program, is expected to pass the Senate this summer. The bill offers rebates for 13 different types of retrofits, including insulation and air and duct sealing
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Jessica offers a sneak peek of her biodegradable wedding, which featured recycled glassware, handmade decor, recycled paper table runners, biodegradable plates and cups and soy candles.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
To address consumers' growing desire to save money and be environmentally conscious, GE is launching GeoSpring, the first hybrid electric ENERGY STAR-qualified water heater manufactured in the U.S.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her travels to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, an apothecary herb garden in the heart of London.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove considers rainwater cistern options for harvesting rainwater at her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED standards.
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.
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.
DiggersList, city-by-city home improvement classifieds, has expanded its website to bring its services to homeowners and contractors across the country.
Dan and Karen Cripes made a few big upfront investments—including solar panels and a geothermal system—when they built their home in Round Rock, Texas. Now they're reaping the rewards with nearly nonexistent utility bills and a home they love.
With 65 properties in Oregon and Washington, McMenamins historic hotels are a must-see if you’re traveling to the Portland area.
If you’re on the lookout for a vegan hair care product that garners the same results as high quality salon products, you’re in luck. Emmett Cooper Haircare is just that.
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
Use a rain barrel or a larger rainwater collection and irrigation system instead of paying for water this summer.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
Lemon Verbena Lady continues her exploration of Shakespeare and the herbal flowers and herbs from his plays for a reader of The Herb Channeler. Also she updates some additional seed catalogs.
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…
Experts say that that bathroom and kitchen remodels--once a sure-fire way to move a home for sale--aren't necessarily the ticket anymore. Creating a house that feels homey and welcoming is most important.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
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
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
Trouble with unsightly varicose veins? Try these herbal solutions and natural home remedies for varicose veins.
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
Rush Bowls are an all-natural blend of fruit and other natural ingredients frozen to perfection and served with a package of organic granola or gluten-free topping.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
A spontaneous idea to erect a "spring tree" brings together a neighborhood and community.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull finally discovers the beauty of smoothies—and shares four recipes for homemade concoctions!
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
This version of the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich known as smörgås—featuring smoked herring and hard-boiled egg—is crow