Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
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.
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.
Last weekend—the second anniversary of the tornado that destroyed the small town of Greensburg, Kansas—residents invited the public to see its progress toward becoming one of the first green towns in the United States. Greensburg homeowners and business owners have rebuilt much of the town with eco-friendly construction materials.
Once you plant your container garden, the recipe to a happy garden involves water, sunlight, nutrients, pest control—and passion, of course.
Don’t let winter get you down! Look ahead to warmer months and find some garden inspiration with these beautiful garden images.
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.
Despite the worldwide increase in environmentally friendly lifestyles, the United States still ranks as one of the least eco-friendly consumer societies. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares ways to green your habits.
Consider these three ideas before you kill the dandelions in your garden.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Greenpeace report that links major shoe companies to rainforest destruction.
Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts—and reassurance that they're buying green—through GreenDeals.
TerraChoice’s annual Sins of Greenwashing study finds that 95 percent of the products claiming to be green have used vague language, unproven claims and false certification labels.
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.
'Green' cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains the different types of manure available for your green garden.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
GreenCircle, an independent, third-party certification system, will evaluate companies’ sustainability claims.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
This champagne poached pears recipe can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
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!
Guest blogger Jenn Leonard shares her experience with natural lawn nutrition service, Bio Green.
Gone Studio, a design company offering post-petroleum products for the home and office, launches Greensleeve, its 100-percent petroleum-free iPad case made with zero-energy manufacturing.
Follow a young greenie through the Hawaiian practice of malama ka `aina and create a craft that honors this way of life.
Guest blogger Tracy Herz juggles greenspeak 101 while considering what products and certifications she will use in her West Virginia condo remodel.
For the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began collecting data on greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, the United States saw a record-setting 5.8 percent decline.
With Earth Day afoot, it’s important that the rest of our nation keep a close eye on Chicago’s green initiatives.
Jessica hunts for eco-friendly and secondhand items to make her new townhome greener. Greening an apartment or home you don't own can be a challenge, but searching for eco-friendly products is fun.
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!
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.
Audi’s “green police” Super Bowl commercial reflects a growing trend in marketing as companies target a more environmentally-conscious audience. But buyer-beware; greenwashing is also on the rise.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
The Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products asks designers and builders to spec materials with lower carbon footprints.
The new Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior, a smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg, makes picking dinner from the garden easy.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
For less than the cost of an SUV, a Michigan couple rehabbed their historic home to include solar panels and a geothermal system. The 110-year-old house now produces more energy than it needs.
Minneapolis public relations firm Haberman & Associates wants everyone to enjoy a company-sponsored organic vegetable garden like theirs.
The Federal Trade Commission is creating stricter guidelines for environmental marketing. Could this lead to a crackdown on greenwashing campaigns?
This year readers were concerned about bedbugs and greenwashing, and everyone wants to know more about smaller homes.
Weigh in as Natural Home collects reader and contributor suggestions on "greening the White House."
Rock gardens are one way to brighten your house without having to actually grow things.
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.
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.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this chili chocolate pots de crème recipe with salted caramel sauce.
Create growing space for a small space garden with pocket gardens for posts, chairs, walls and doors.
Check out these eco-friendly garden products that were designed by Northern California gardeners.
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.
Third-party certifications are extremely helpful. While you’re out shopping, look for the following logos.
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.
Learn more about La Plaza Cultural community garden in New York City; create a recycled garden at home.
The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions to its environmental marketing guidelines would make it more difficult for marketers to make false green claims for their products.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
A new study has found that biodegradable plastic's rapid rate of decomposition could cause the release of methane, a greenhouse gas. The study's authors suggest that petroleum-based products might be preferable. We need better alternatives than that.
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.
A ForestEthics report calls out the American Forest and Paper Association-backed Sustainable Forestry Initiative label for not protecting forests.
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.
"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.
A few jayhawks planted a medicinal garden at the University of Kansas.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull tries her hand at making gnocchi.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
Whip up this delicious vegetable-based soup tonight. You'll never miss the chicken.
A handful of cities has implemented a new service that lets residents stop junk mail. If your city isn't one of them, you have options to keep wasteful, unwanted solicitations and catalogs out of your mailbox.
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.
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.
A new study from the University of Washing found that scented products—including those labeled as organic, natural and green—release toxic chemicals that can harm our health.
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.
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.
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.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
Heavy cream and sherry lend this simple mushroom soup a sophisticated flavor. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy guest blogger KyLynn Hull.
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!
The Obamas plant an organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
Consider these garden planning tips for beginners before jumping in to gardening.
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
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.
When jalapenos take over, what’s a rookie gardener to do? Dry ’em, freeze ’em, smoke ’em, and more.
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.
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.
Weeds may be a pain to pull, but some weeds are edible—and good for your health! Try eating purslane. This weed is full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants? Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
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!
My baby chicken, Blondie, is growing up to become quite the obedient bird and developing quite the personality.
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.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares how food affects her culture and family.
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.
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
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.
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.
Eating a proper diet will help your body get rid of excess estrogen, the culprit behind PMS symptoms. Prevent cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings by incorporating these five foods into your diet.
A healthy diet plays an important role in healing a peptic ulcer. Try these five foods to relieve pain and naturally treat an ulcer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
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.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
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.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
Energy-monitoring devices won big at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City.
Some cruises are creating eco-friendly policies to reduce pollution.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz tours green colleges on the East Coast.
Enjoy beautiful fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay in a green bed and breakfast, visit the eco-friendly Blue Ridge Parkway Destination and Visitor Center, or indulge in a number of outdoor activities.
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.
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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.
This Montana ranch goes beyond the basic amenities of green hotels and offers visitors a carbon neutral, sustainable experience in the Rocky Mountains.
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.
Take a trip across the pond with the Lemon Verbena Lady to discover a 300-year-old garden.
I'm sitting on the deck of my room at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California, on a gorgeous spring day.
Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence introduces her new blog, Natural Home Living, and shares everything you need to know about going green. Natural Home Living focuses on answering your green home questions, following green building news and showing you how to save money by going green.
Our favorite natural homes of 2010 range in size and grandiosity, from a 280-square-foot mountain cottage to an urban warehouse-cum-artists’-loft. Every one of them can teach us a lot about living green.
I’ve heard that the moment you plunk down a deposit for a vacation or buy yourself a plane ticket, a good chunk of you is already at the beach (or the mountains or the city . . . or wherever).
A recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey found that demand for luxury products is waning. In contrast, manufacturers are seeing an increased emphasis on both accessibility/universal design and renewable materials. Essentially, homeowners are shying away from expensive (and usually unnecessary) products that add little actual value to their home, concentrating instead on features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability.
Home energy management, electric cars and solar gadgets take starring roles at consumer electronics industry’s biggest trade show.
The square footage of green roofs—which absorb rainwater, regulate temperatures, save energy and resources and provide valuable habitat—grew by 28.5 percent last year.
Think going green is difficult, expensive, time-consuming or not worth the effort? Think again as you check out these five myths about going green.
As economic turmoil peaks and a staggering number of Americans file for unemployment, Ogden Publications, publisher of Natural Home magazine, is connecting job seekers and green employers through its website Great Green Careers.
Expect to see more modular homes, a boom in the green remodeling business and a ton more “green” products when it comes to green building trends in 2010—and be prepared to ask a lot more questions.
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.
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.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
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.
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.
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
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.
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.
Managing editor Jessica Kellner discussed her early house hunting experience and her hopes to do green remodeling.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores ways to make your commute a little greener.
Soul singer John Legend has teamed up with environmental group Reverb to make his summer tour eco-friendly.
Put your money where your principals are—supporting eco-conscious living projects. Invest in green companies to make a greater impact on our environment.
The Sierra Club’s top 100 greenest colleges and universities carve a clean energy future—students demand it.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst shows you how to throw a grand green graduation party.
Dani Hurst explains how to update your closet with eco-friendly fabrics and offers advice on what to do with your old clothes.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
For an investment of less than $10,000 and about a week of labor, you could have a custom workshop, barn, garden shed or office.
The International Green Construction Code, an International Code Council initiative, released its first set of green building standards today. Standard 189.1 addresses energy efficiency, site sustainability, materials and resources, and more.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses mandatory green building codes for all new commercial buildings nationwide.
For the past year, I’ve been chronicling the progress of a green-built home here in Boulder, Colorado, where I live, via this blog and accompanying videos. Watching the project unfold has been enlightening for many reasons, not least of which is the opportunity to see firsthand many of the cool technologies we read about and hear about. Sometimes that entails a little sacrifice.
Beyond Green: Towards a Sustainable Art connects environmental needs with social justice practices to show various cultures’, generations’ and societies’ approaches to sustainability.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks forward to good, green building news for 2009.
The economic stimulus package that President Obama signed last month provides $20 billion for investment in a greener economy.
Need a new lamp? Make it, don’t buy it! Here’s how
Natural Home editorial Intern Samantha Schwartz reveals her top three stylish, eco-friendly suitcases under $200.
Dani recounts her first “green” grocery trip, and touts the advantages of going green in small steps.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
Americans continue to believe that green homes make a difference--but they need to be more affordable.
Robyn reflects on the past 10 years of Natural Home and the green building movement.
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains paper giant Kimberly-Clark's new sustainability policy.
Green builder Jim Gooley gutted an Airstream Trailer and renovated it with cork flooring, clay plaster walls, bamboo countertops and other eco-friendly materials.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
The Houstonian and Hilton Americas Houston offer guests luxury and comfort in green-outfitted accommodations. From intensive recycling programs to energy management systems, these hotels help you to stay green while visiting Houston, Texas.
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.
If you're planning to plant a garden this spring, now is the perfect time to start choosing plants, ordering seeds and making plans.
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.
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.
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.
The National Products Association releases its natural standards and certification for household cleaners and laundry detergents.
Jessica discusses whether going green is more than just feeling good about the stuff we buy, and chats about the "virtual global marketplace" she uses to help make wise shopping decisions.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
The USGBC’s “50 for 50” green schools initiative aims to create a green schools caucus in every state legislature.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
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.
Green your back to school shopping with Pentel’s Recycology line, featuring pens and pencils made from recycled plastic.
Editorial intern Andrea Olsen finds environmentally friendly, recycled-paper notebooks that don’t scrimp on style.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews green home decor from MIO.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
Tradical Hempcrete, a concrete-like substance made from hemp and lime, is used in two Asheville, North Carolina, homes.
Conventional household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that could have adverse effects on your health. Learn how to mix up your own homemade cleaners with these suggestions from Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence.
Jessica discusses the idea that the high cost of going green might be just what the movement needs to move into the realm of "the norm."
Think having a green home is out of your price range? Here are some easy, realistic ideas to create an eco-friendly living space that might actually save you money!
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her thoughts on humanitarian organization Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit group which creates sustainable design for communities in need.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz searches for the greenest school supplies.
The Boulder, Colorado, green-building program will get a makeover for its second year.
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
PriscillaWoolworth.com makes conscious shopping easier by selling a variety of green household products and fair trade items from around the world.
Remember to look for these key words when buying good, green gifts.
Buying carbon offsets for flying is one way to green your travels.
Don’t want to waste paper? Opt out of phone book delivery and use the Internet instead.
Money may be tight, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your spring break vacation. Hostelworld.com’s Eco-Friendly hostels offer an affordable option that allows you to maintain green habits even while traveling.
Chlorine has been linked to skin and eye irritation, and now asthma. Take these steps to help prevent chlorine’s negative effects on the body.
A survey by the Shelton Group, a Tennessee-based advertising firm, reveals why energy-efficient products are flying off the shelves during this tough economic time.
This morning in my inbox: Orlando Bloom announced at Wednesday night’s Global Green pre-Oscars party that he’s building a green, solar-powered home in London. And an RISMedia report stating that despite the downturn in the general housing market, demand for green homes continues to be a hot trend.
If you still want to do everything you can to make your home healthy—for your family and the planet—take a look at how you clean. Like it or not, we have to clean our homes on a regular basis. Natural Home offers lots of great ideas for making your own healthy, natural cleaning solutions—or look to some of the great green solutions now available at your grocery store.
The Living Building Challenge provides builders with information and a forum for sharing advice in an effort to promote the highest building standards.
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.
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.
Washing the dishes is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be a burden on your wallet or the planet. Dani dishes about how to green your dishwashing routine.
Part one of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This one’s for all the dog lovers who want to raise a greener best friend.
Stay at an eco-friendly hotel while on vacation.
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove shares the lessons she learned building her now completed green home.
Find out who won Project Green Search’s eco-modeling competition.
Salvaged products can be attractive components of a new home. Salvaged materials help save resources and money while adding distinctive features. One source of salvaged materials, Habitat Home Stores, also supports housing development for low-income families.
Part two of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This time, it’s all about cats.
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!
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.
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…
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
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.
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.
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.
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
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.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
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!
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.
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.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she and her husband, John, are aiming for LEED Platinum-certification for their rural Tennessee farmhouse.
Mindy Pennybacker’s new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, and her website, GreenerPenny.com, offer easy tips for daily green living.
The U.S. Green Building Council's Project of the Year is a small, urban home built for $100 per square foot.
Location near public transportation and walkability are as important as green materials and design in creating a green home, study finds.
Jessica begins planning an eco-friendly wedding ceremony and reception. She will be writing about finding green wedding supplies, carbon-conscious wedding food and eco-friendly wedding clothing.
BuildingGreen.com founder and Environmental Building News editor Alex Wilson wins Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing.
Matt ponders when the line of respect is crossed when critiquing friends' non-green habits.
Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
Matt Hirschfeld tells you what to do with all that holiday waste to make the season greener.
International eco-artist David Trubridge designs furniture, lighting and home accessories that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also environmentally responsible.
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.
A new report from the Natural Resources Defense council lists 25 national parks at risk from climate change.
The Greener Gadgets competition in New York called on designers and entrepreneurs from around the country to come up with the greenest electronic gadgets around. From toys to tents, they didn’t disappoint.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove recounts the unexpected expenses she faced while building her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse. Selove is building her green dream home to LEED Platinum standards.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins outlines ways to build green while keeping a light footprint on the earth.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains the ways in which we are increasingly removed from the deeper rhythms and cycles and flow of our source.
Hemp can be made into a wide variety of products, including fashionable, functional clothing.
American weddings can be some of the most extravagant, wasteful events in the world. I’ll post to this blog over the next year as I search for fabric flowers, recycled paper stationery, fabric for my wedding gown and more. Suggestions appreciated!
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
Reacting against the built-for-resale mentality that's destroying our modern homes' liveability, Slow Home Studio offers a path to a more satisfying home.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how the new energy and climate legislation that creates opportunities in green building.
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
Carrotmob, a project of Virgance, a company that organizes activism campaigns, works to create social change by rewarding green businesses through consumer buying. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about this innovative activism group.
Guy and Kay Baker and their three sons spent five years building a small weekend cabin in Alabama from scraps and salvage. When the 1,100-square feet house was complete, they loved it so much they made it their permanent home.
A new Environmental Protection Agency website helps homeowners and renters decrease their energy consumption and cut carbon emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program reached a major milestone this week when it qualified its 1 millionth Energy Star home.
Instead of buying store-bought and possibly toxic cleaning agents, give these nontoxic homemade cleaners a try.
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson takes a step-by-step look at her daily activities to see just how environmentally friendly she really is.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
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 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.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Choice Organic Teas is adding four new varieties to its Original line of teas: Premium Korean Green, Decaffeinated Green, Masala Chai and Rooibos Chai.
BuildingGreen’s 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products list includes a low-flow toilet, composite decking, a high-performing wall system and other products that conserve energy and resources.
Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they're not necessary. Learn how to clean your entire kitchen using vinegar, baking soda and a little salt and lemon juice. You'll love the results!
Going green on your lunch break is an easy way to show Mother Nature you really care. Dani delves into the art of greening your afternoon eats.
Camping is a great way to enjoy nature, but it may not be as eco-friendly as you think. Reevaluate your camping methods. How green are they really?
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares tips for greening your summer charcoal barbecue parties.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the successes and failures of the Beddington Zero-Energy Development.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the designs for the new Bibliosphere in Germany.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the Sprouting Building of Montpellier and its living green facade.
From Colorado to California, these green ski resorts are some of the most environmentally focused ski resorts in the U.S.
This is the first of a series of blogs about construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home on an organic farm in middle Tennessee.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains why the first step in green building should be "don't build."
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
When it comes time to choose what decking material to use for your next outdoor living project, consider wood composite decks that save old growth trees by utilizing recycled content.
Patters and personality galore, Plover Organic’s organic cotton bedding and kitchen textiles add just the right amount of spice to your green home decor.
No cash and no space? No problem. With attractive treasures that serve as extra storage, you can decorate a funky and functional space. Natural Home guest blogger Julie Collins shows you how.
Adding art to your walls doesn’t have to cost a fortune, particularly with these environmentally friendly options that involve reusing old frames and supporting local artists. See for yourself with a peek at the Green Rookie’s recent art finds.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares five laundry tips (including a homemade natural fabric softener) for cling- and chemical-free clothing.
Jessica talks about her recent trip to the Washington D.C. Green Festival and other locations the Natural Home crew will be visiting this fall and winter.
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
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.
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the Marrakesh House, the new sustainable home of filmmaker Chris Paine.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
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.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
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.
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.
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.
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.