Roasted Pumpkin Seed Fresh Basil Pesto
Don’t just throw away pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Did you know pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious snack? And now you can use them in a fresh basil pesto.
The pumpkin is one of autumn’s most beloved foods. Use this health-boosting food in these six sweet and savory pumpkin recipes for fall.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her sugary-sweet recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds.
Carving pumpkins is an age old tradition, but why do we do it? Learn its origins.
Save money and waste less! Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains how to get the most out of your pumpkins.
Although pumpkins play more of a festive role in today’s society, this fall vegetable provides numerous health benefits that would make it wise for us to incorporte it into our diet.
Cinnamon basil offers a mild cinnamon flavor to the dishes you infuse it with. This holiday season, try Ramona Werst's herbal twist on the traditional pumpkin pie: Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie.
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
Before we go into mourning over the loss of our favorite fresh herb, basil, let's consider these five ways to stretch out our basil harvest.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
Learn about the rapid consolidation of the garden seed industry.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
Just as libraries transformed society by giving everyone access to books, the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library is providing all citizens the opportunity to borrow seeds and grow their own food. Start a seed-lending library in your town!
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
Skips the hazardous commercial varieties and opt for one of these five natural air freshener options.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
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.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
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.
Kathy Amen grows pumpkins straight out of a fairy tale.
Halloween is over and there are pumpkins still sitting in your living room. What should you do with them? The Herb Companion helps.
This seed company recycles magazines to package their organic and heirloom seeds.
A night in turns culinary delight with delicious pumpkin sage risotto made with local pumpkin and homegrown sage.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
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.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
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.
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
With spring brings fresh ingredients. Use fresh harvested herbs to whip up a flavorful pesto and pair it with buckwheat or your favorite grain to make a delicious grain salad. This Buckwheat Pesto Salad recipe comes courtesy Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods and Melanie of Nutritious Eats.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses the southern-facing 17-inch-deep windowsills of her Passive House-certified home to grow seedlings.
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
Fresh asparagus inspires fresh spring dishes.
An easy appetizer and party favorite, baked garlic with rosemary and blue cheese tastes great spread on slices of crusty baguette.
Pumpkin spice lattes usually signifies the end of summer. Learn how to make this delicious seasonal brew.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
The Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library lets patrons borrow and lend heirloom seeds and provides the information and support they need to grow them. Would you like to have a library like this in your town? You can start one!
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
These pancakes are tasty and decadent for a frosty fall morning.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
Easily extend your growing season with a cold frame, a simple enclosure with a transparent lid.
Here Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses her southern facing 17 inch deep window sills to grow seedlings. She also notes that their electrical bill for February in the furnace free home was only $11 -- $8 of which was service fees.
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.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
On the run? Try one of these on-the-go snacks that are both healthful and handy.
Spice up your Meatless Monday with a recipe borne out of fresh produce at the farmers market. Blogger Jennifer Rose uses local acorn squash and baby kale to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
This Roasted Vegetables Quesadilla recipe is easy to make and the whole family will enjoy it.
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.
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (Viva Edtions, 2009) offers excellent recipes and tips for the everyday cook. Here's a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Feta Pizza.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
Tom Newmark won't rest until he's helped establish 10,000 seed sanctuaries—living gardens devoted to propagating and nurturing endangered plants—across the world. He came a step closer this week with the establishment of a sanctuary in India.
This basil appetizer can be made ahead of time. Just mix sauce in a crock pot, add meatballs and cook. They'll be the hit of the party!
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
When the weather gets warm take your lunch outside. Try these healthy picnic foods, plus get a recipe for a simple pea pesto!
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.
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.
It's officially seed catalog season. The Herb Companion has been receiving tons and tons of beautiful seed catalogs. Check out my favorite ornamental echinaceas from Burpee. Enter for a chance to win some yourself.
'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.'
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
A healthful fall-flavored twist on the classic carrot cake, this recipe for Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream “cheese” frosting is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with eco-friendly, organic products.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
Planting heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds is a great way to help preserve endangered plant varieties--and the planet's very ecosystem.
Here are three great reasons that hemp cultivation should be legal in the United States: food, health and shelter.
DiggersList is giving away wildflower seeds to anyone who posts something for sale on its site, and Re-Nest just came out with an awesome guide to buying, selling and swapping stuff online. Spring cleaning just got easier!
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
Evidence of fenugreek seeds contaminated with E. coli leads to a recall of teas and dietary supplements in the EU.
Cooking with basil is fun! Each variety of basil has its own unique flavor and way of enhancing any recipe. One of our guest blogger's favorites is cinnamon basil. Learn how to grow it and cook with it.
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
Take charge of the pie selection this holiday season with this herbal twist on a classic persimmon pie.
When she thinks of summer, our guest blogger, Ramona Werst, thinks of lemonade. Learn how to grow and cook with her favorite lemonade garnish: lemon basil.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.
Love the pumpkin spice latte? Then try this dairy-free, sugar-free pumpkin spice latte recipe that calls for real pumpkin—not just flavoring!
If you're planning to plant a garden this spring, now is the perfect time to start choosing plants, ordering seeds and making plans.
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.
Finca Luna Nueva's Sacred Seeds Sanctuary is a living laboratory to nurture tropical and native species through the next 10 years of climate change.
TropiClean, a company that strives to perpetually innovate the finest products, packing, marketing and management in the pet industry, is gearing up for the launch of their new dental treats.
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
Not too long ago I discovered The Healing Seed, a new company that offers virgin organic hempseed oil body care products. Learn more about this company and hempseed.
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!
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
Colorful Harvest is a specialty produce company out of California and have developed a delicious new corn, Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. Guest blogger Ramona Werst created a risotto recipe using 'Spicy Globe' basil and Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. You can replace the corn with a sweet corn and it will be a tasty dish.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Readers vote on which varieties of heirloom vegetables they’d be most interested in learning how to grow.
Dress up plain kale chips with sesame seeds and lemon zest.
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.
SheaMoisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Soufflé (Gel) with Agave Nectar and Flax Seed is an effective, easy-to-rinse-out, no buildup, light-weight and all-natural alternative to other curl defining styling aids on the market.
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!
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
Over the holidays someone gave me a jar of Chukar Cherry Salsa, a delectable treat with peaches, jalapenos and cherries, among other wholesome ingredients. Try my recipe for Parmesan Cheese French Toast.
Patsy Bell Hobson reviews Doug Oster's book, Tomatoes Basil Garlic, which captures the simple pleasures of growing and cooking your garden's most versatile veggies.
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
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.
Ever wondered: what is chia seed? Discover the history of this ancient grain, plus put it to good use with a lemon chia fresca recipe.
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean—and safeguard your family's health.
Support aging skin with mature skin essentials from John Masters Organics.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
As scandalous as it once seemed to be, the Hemp Lip Protector at The Body Shop isn't that crazy
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
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.
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.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
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.
Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals. Discover the health benefits of chia seeds!
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
Tomato-growing enthusiasts can now grow tomatoes in any climate - indoors, with all of the taste of home garden summertime tomatoes.
Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
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.
Calendula is an easy flower to grow. Plant in full sun flower beds, containers, and vegetable and herb gardens.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
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!
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.
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.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
Spring cleaning in the garden, for the Lemon Verbena Lady, begins by examining some of her favorite herbs. Read on as she shares how she's pacing herself this spring.
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
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.
Trouble with unsightly varicose veins? Try these herbal solutions and natural home remedies for varicose veins.
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.
Chemical antibacterials, including triclosan, are health and environmental hazards. You don't have to bring these nasties into your home. Put hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to work killing germs and disinfect.
Treat gout, a painful disorder that affects the joints, by controlling inflammation and lowering uric acid levels with these home remedies for gout.
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.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Start your health regimen by looking at what you've been doing before. You have to take charge of your health regimen, not anyone else.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
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.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Despite what you may have heard, you don't need to suffer through extreme diets or complicated menus to burn calories. Boost your metabolism with these great tasting herbs that you may already have growing in your kitchen garden.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson is attending the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies and reporting on rural economic development strategies.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
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.
Omega-3s are important to brain health, reduce inflammation and are essential to reducing risk of chronic diseases. Boost your intake of this essential nutrient by turning to these good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen is loaded with vitamins, minerals and moisturizers.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
John Masters Organics Shine On keeps your hair soft and shiny.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Prairie Essence Herbal Garden Lip Balm, a natural lip balm made from a blend of rosemary and herb essential oils.
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!