Just because it's freezing outside doesn't mean you can't enjoy your garden. Complete these simply activities and projects to be active in the garden this winter.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Use winter down time to learn a new hobby, such as cross stitch, crochet, knitting and crewelwork.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
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.
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
Save money and stay chic with these recessionista style tips from Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Robyn shows you how to creatively reuse old shirts to dress up a bottle of wine and how to save money by having clothing swap parties.
Two students have created an inspirational blog that features one upcycling project—something made from discarded materials—each day. They've committed to keeping it going for 30 days, but with your help it could go forever.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Connect together inexpensive mending plates to make these top-shelf candleholders—perfect for patio and porch dining. This simple project takes minutes and costs next to nothing.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares how snow has helped her winter herb garden grow.
Don't have the budget for a hot tub? Check out how these homeowners saves money and space by planting vintage clawfoot tubs in their gardens.
Transform old luggage into fun, functional furniture with these four suitcase crafts.
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
Give your bathroom a little flair—and have fun doing it—by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone—whether you're a DIYer or not.
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
Gray skies and frigid temperatures can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Here are a few ways to brighten your day even when the sun is nowhere in sight.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
Warm up winter with a vegetarian tofu curry.
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
Jessica recommends several sources for inspiration to grow vegetables into the fall and winter.
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
Use old jars to make these cute, inexpensive candle lanterns—for a fraction of what you'd pay if you bought them at the store.
Don’t toss out those old incandescent bulbs! Squeeze a little more life out of an old light bulb by turning it into a mini terrarium or tiny vase.
Reuse those baby food jars and create a beautiful chandelier! Make this rustic, elegant candleholder or stop before power tools are required to make pretty votives, perfect for patio dining.
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof—but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
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.
Silk flowers are one way to get the pop of color with flowers and not have the plants die on you. Here's how to incorporate silk flower arrangements into your house.
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
Follow a young greenie through the Hawaiian practice of malama ka `aina and create a craft that honors this way of life.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Get your garden ready for spring by making this sturdy, comfortable outdoor bench from recycled-plastic lumber and an old truck tire inner tube.
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
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.
Get inspired with these fun and unique apartment gardening ideas.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her tips for arranging silk flowers.
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
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.
Don’t let the flu, a cold or any aches, anxieties and pains get the best of you this season. With the season already upon us, here are a few herbs, fruits and foods to consider to help relieve your aches, pains and anxiety.
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
Don’t let your lips dry up this winter season, take a few tips and pointers from Janice Cox and make your own lip gloss and soothing balms.
Impress dinner guests with this easy-to-make creamy tomato and crab bisque.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
Try these simple tips to keep yourself hydrated and drinking more water this winter.
Have the winter blues? Maybe it’s something more. Discover common symptoms, myths and facts to begin understanding the prevalence of seasonal affective disorder.
Get inspired by early winter to decorate your home.
Warm your tummy with this elegant butternut bisque.
Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
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.
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
Reed diffusers are a great way to fill your home with the fresh, healing scents of essential oils—but they're pricey. You can save a bundle by making your own using repurposed bottles and plant stalks.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity.
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
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.
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
Look at your closet, and your shopping, in a whole new way. Repurpose items you already have, making a dress out of a shirt or a handbag out of men’s ties.
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
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.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Getting kids outdoors in the winter can often prove challenging. Try these fun and creative activities to get your kids outside and connected to the natural world.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
The depths of winter are officially here, but with a few slight behavior modifications, you can beat the winter blues.
Inspired by an upcoming article on winter garden design, Jessica shares a project that turns autumn and winter plants into an elegant holiday centerpiece.
The NewenHouse kit home has officially received Passive House certification! The Passive House is also the highest-rated Energy Star home in the state of Wisconsin.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
Kale is gaining popularity as a healthy, versatile superfood in the kitchen. Kale can be used for cooking soups, salads, stews and can be eaten raw or cooked.
The fragrant, taste and texture of cinnamon make it a popular spice during the winter months. Cinnamon not only tastes good while cooking but has an array of health benefits.
Craving fresh food during the long winter months? Here are nine vegetables that you can find fresh in February--and great ways to prepare and serve them.
My favorite fast food during the hectic holidays? Bread and soup. In the time it would take to get drive-thru on the way home, you'll be sitting down to a bowl of bliss that will warm your heart and soul.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
Mix and match these ingredients for simple skin care that will keep you glowing all winter.
Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients that made my dull boots instantly shine.
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
This homemade masala chai tea recipe will warm you up this fall and winter.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
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.
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.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Upcycle old wine corks into fun yet functional items with these five wine cork crafts.
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
Throw a green New Year's eve party with these tips for decor, food and more.
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.
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
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.
Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.
It’s getting colder, and even those of us with oily skin are starting to notice dry patches and flakes on our face. Fight dry facial skin with these natural skin care tips.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping 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.
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.