Grow your own food and herbs with the best natural and organic gardening tips.
Revive the bare spots in your lawn and garden by investing in several ground-covering plants suited to your region.
From echinacea to lemon balm, growing medicinal herbs in your home garden can provide convenient access to many natural remedies.
The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of the North American prairie’s great contributions to gardens across the globe. It’s no wonder, then, that breeders are working to create hybrids with exciting new colors and exotic flower forms. Check out this handy chart, which organizes these new and interesting echinacea varieties by name, color, zone and more.
Unlock the health benefits of garlic varieties that have long played a key role in fighting infections and viruses like colds and coughs. Try these garlic remedies, learn how to grow your own garlic, store it and use it in the kitchen with this compilation of our best garlic articles from throughout the years.
Learn why three ancient plants—hemp, eucalyptus and the opium poppy—are some of the most influential plants known to mankind.
This slideshow of botanical images demonstrates garden color combinations based on color theory, diverse species and bloom time.
Designed to mimic nature, a native California garden waxes and wanes with the changing of the seasons.
Learn how to grow grapes and why an organic backyard vineyard may be right for your home.
Respond to rosemary woes with ease. Our expert advises two readers with fading rosemary plants.
This tiny seed is packed with nutrients our bodies crave, like fiber and omega fatty acids.
Take a journey into the past via the captivating medieval herb garden of the Washington National Cathedral.
Budget and time contraints can limit our choices when it comes to organic fertilizer and soil amendments. Feed your garden the nutrients it needs with these low-cost options.
'Silver Sabre'—a new variety of sage—will make an unusual addition to your garden.
French tarragon has a complex flavor and smells of anise and licorice.
Edible flowers are both beautiful and functional. Learn how to grow your own garnish garden with these tips from author Ellen Ecker Ogden.
Read about different garden soil problems and how to fix them, from aerating compacted soil to dealing with waterlogged ground.
For all-natural pest control, encourage beneficial bugs (the kind that like to eat garden pests) to alight on your plot of land.
Discover which lavender plant best suits your garden, and add one of our mouth-watering lavender recipes to your cookbook.
Plant a butterfly garden to attract all kinds of native pollinators to your yard and enjoy a diversity of wildlife, colorful blooms and natural pest control.
Learn how to keep animals out of your garden with wildlife fencing such as tree guards, bird netting and wire rabbit fencing.
Ann Palmer’s artistic organic water garden cultivates community and showcases the beauty of nature.
Are you a plant geek? Check out these little known facts and growing tips about the puzzling behavior of carnivorous plants.
The Herb Companion readers discuss botanical postcards, an herb seasoning blend, immune defense, German Commission E, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”
Want to learn how to plant basil? Check out these basic growing basil tips to ensure your plant will flourish indoors and out.
When designing your backyard naturescape project, choose sustainable landscaping materials made from repurposed, recycled or natural materials.
Nothing is more rewarding than growing salad greens and then picking a salad right out of your garden.
Get your spring garden ready with this editor-recommended garden gear.
Learn how to cultivate big style in a small garden with these small garden design tips from landscape designer Shirley Bovshow, who transformed this narrow side yard into a charming passageway.
Make the most of your garden space with vertical gardening: Grow delicious vegetables and fruits and colorful flowers up on a trellis, on garden netting, in a tower of pots, and over garden structures, while enjoying the benefits of easier maintenance, healthier plants, effortless harvesting, and higher yields.
Gear up for spring with some of our favorite eco-friendly and recycled garden products.
Cut yard work and save money with low-maintenance landscaping. Replace your conventional grass yard with drought-tolerant, low-maintenance grass alternatives.
Collecting seeds is a satisfying extension of other gardening efforts. Most gardeners know the basic process by which plants make seeds, but it’s very helpful to learn more about the physiological processes leading to seed production. Learn more about how flowers are pollinated.
Growing herbs indoors can be an uplifting hobby when it’s dreary outside.
Be inspired with one gardener’s journey from concerned consumer to successful producer of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs.
Plant healing herbs and plants to find good health just outside your door.
Learn to manage vigorous self-seeding plants and you’ll never have to buy seeds again.
Enhance your garden by showcasing the subtle beauty of the winter landscape with the best winter plants.
Stock your garden shed with these nine essential garden tools.
Even though it's late fall, there is still plenty to do in your garden. Now is the time to plant your fall cover crops, sow garlic and shallots, harvest the last of your tomatoes, make compost and more.
Growing aloe is easy, and the fascinating aloe genus is a boon to beginners.
Plant these eight herbs for health to kick-start your garden and your body.
This immune system strengthening herb garden plan can help you sail heartily through winter.
While herbs and spices can both have medicinal properties, there are some key differences between them.
Before you start to build your first herb garden, let’s analyze the general conditions that determine how individual herbs grow. Each herb’s life cycle, climate requirements, growth pattern, and means of propagation dictate what you can and can’t do for it in the garden.
Build your best container garden with some of our favorite pots, garden décor items and tools.
Enjoy gourmet salads by growing your own peppery, delicious rocket, also known as arugula, in your garden.
Plant a plot full of kissin’ cousins from the garlic family.
Garlic Garden: All these plants are easy to grow, they don’t take much garden space, and their strappy leaves provide a textural contrast when tucked into any herb or flower bed. But the beauty of growing them all together is the ease of harvest.
For budget-friendly gardening, use this method to start seeds in late winter without indoor lights or a cold frame.
Appearing in guises from fancy to very plain, cold frames help you grow more herbs and extend your season.
Discover the Silvers Cult, a gardening craze that was prevalent in the mid-1900s, when gray and white single-color gardens were a popular design theme.
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters from the November 2011 issue.
Some tips on what to wear in the garden for the best experience possible.
The Linnaeus classification system can help gardeners identify specific herb varieties.
Convert a resource-guzzling lawn into a lovely, money-saving edible landscape.
Pick a beautiful bouquet right out of your own herb garden.
These nine no-fuss herbs will assert their independence while you kick up your feet.
When life intrudes on your hobby, try this garden plan to ease the workload.
There are several tools that I feel are invaluable in the task of weeding:
Instead of resisting weeding, embrace it as the caretaking your garden needs to thrive.
Intrepid and never timid, this aromatic plant is a good friend in the garden and the kitchen.
Preserve the flavors of your herb garden all year by using the ancient practice of drying.
From dandelions to poison ivy, stinging nettles to crabgrass, weeds are familiar, pervasive, widely despised and seemingly invincible. How did they come to be the villains of the natural world?
Learn how to incorporate this plant into your yard...
Learn where this plant got its name, where it thrives best, and more...
Learn which herbs are best to plant as divisions or as plants
Plant these herbs and watch them grow from a seedling to a plant...
Discover the unique flavors of Cretan cuisine in your very own kitchen.
Learn about the history behind the herbs of Crete.
Experience Crete as if you were there right now...
This three-tiered planter is a great way to grow an abundance of herbs in a small space.
Converting a conventional swimming pool to a natural one is easier than you would think – and infinitely rewarding.
This small green roof on a garden shed in Raleigh, North Carolina, demonstrates how green roofs reduce stormwater runoff, aid in natural cooling and attract native birds and pollinators.
Learn how this magical day of love began.
Our gardening experts’ best tips will arm you with the knowledge you need to win the war on garden pests and weeds, no chemicals needed.
Designer Jamie Durie shares his tips for building the perfect outdoor room.
One garden alone can't save the bees, birds and butterflies, but if each of us plants just a few herbs pollinators love, what a difference we could make.
Avoid these poisonous plants that look like garden favorites.
These plants are a great start for your very own cocktail garden. Some require quite a bit of labor to yield beverages, like the agave and hops. But all will help create a fabulous patio haven.
Concoct a cocktail garden that yields delicious drinks.
This month, our Editor's Pick is a lightweight, UV-certified gardening hat.
Edible nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are one of the easiest annuals to grow. Their brightly colored flowers and leaves also make for tasty additions in the kitchen.
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2011 issue.
For the apartment garden, herbs are the quintessential low-maintenance, high-reward plants to grow.
In the middle of winter, one gardener dreams of her spring garden plans.
For many gardeners, new herbs are the gift of choice for both giving and receiving.
Tired of gardening in long, horizontal beds? Vertical gardening offers many advantages over horizontal growing.
The best way to learn about foraging for food is to experience it for yourself. These aren't the Ten Commandments, but they are some well-learned guidelines for safety and mindfulness in the wild.
Get your garden in shape with these six handy tools and adornments.
Watch your garden transform at night with pink and white flowers and light-reflecting walkways.
Add these 11 herbs to your spring tonic garden for restorative herbs.
These spring herbs are known for their restorative effects.
The seed ball is the Molotov cocktail of the community gardener. Try mixing up your own batch! Learn how to make seed balls at home.
Bring the indoors out with enchanting spaces that invite outdoor living.
A costume artist brings her talent for dressing the stage to a colorful country garden in Lawrence, Kansas.
Designed by nature to withstand climate extremes, silver plants light up the garden and enliven color schemes wherever they grow.
This year, go from the ground up to grow great herbs. Try these essential soil tips and kitchen-prep pointers.
North America's native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. Attract native pollinators such as birds and butterflies to your garden by creating natural habits for them.
Approximately 2,500 tree species thrive in North America; more than 600 are native. Discover these classic trees.
Planting a tree requires more than digging. Learn the proper technique for returning a tree to the earth.
It's time to shake off our outmoded ideas about what plants make a good garden and think about what kinds of garden plants are suitable for where and how you live.
Design a beautiful edible front yard with the basic principles of good garden design: structure, repetition, form, texture and color.
According to one gardening expert, the USDA plant hardiness zone recommendations may have little to do with which plants thrive in your garden.
Fall garden work and a romantic planting endeavor.
Planting seeds is simple, but knowing when to plant them requires a bit more thought. Get your garden off to a good start with advice on starting and sowing seeds.
More and more commonly children stay inside sitting in front of computers or video games, exploring virtual reality instead of playing and exploring out of doors. School gardens provide a space for students to reconnect to the ecology around them and learn about natural systems that support life on our planet.
Well-made goods amp up your garden’s many planetary benefits.
Inspired by tropical rainforests, Patrick Blanc's living wall gardens are world-renowned.
Vertical gardening systems make small-space garden planning a snap.
Mandrake produces toxic yellow, pineapple-scented fruits once called the golden apples of Aphrodite. Learn more about this magical herb.
Discover magickal herbs mandrake, hemlock, rue and wormwood. What is it about plants, trees, flowers, and the idea of green magick that continues to fascinate and bewitch us? Perhaps it is their timeless appeal or their captivating qualities.
Enjoy a taste of the tropics without leaving the comfort of your home and backyard. We've got gardening tips for cinnamon and vanilla.
Water-conserving native plants infuse new life into a bland landscape design.
Square-Foot Gardening is an easy-to-plan way to grow gobs of produce in one-fifth the space of a typical garden.
With a little creativity and the right plants, you can grow a stellar garden—no yard necessary.
Learn how to grow vanilla, the spice that bakers covet most.
Plant these 13 herbs in your rock wall for a creeping, crawling, cascading garden.
If you’re longing for fresh herbs during cold, wet winter days—take heart. With a little preparation, plant know-how and winter protection, it’s possible to have herbs in every season.
These five diseases can effect the herbs you care most about in the garden. Learn how to battle root rot, mildew and more.
Your growing problems—solved! Learn how to keep your rosemary, sage and basil thriving. Plus, discover five common herb diseases to look out for.
This month, our Editor's Pick is a sustainable container for herbal bouquets.
My new year is full of good intentions that it would be optimistic to call resolutions.
Experiment with companion planting by trying the following combinations for a lovely, healthy, historic garden.
Notes from regional herb gardeners: Rob Proctor says he doesn't mulch--and he knows how much mulch you need too.
Notes from regional herb gardeners: Elisabeth Sheldon grows several varieties of foxglove for their bright colors adn dramatic history.
Notes from regional herb gardeners: Andy Van Hevelingen tells of his new border plants-- three varieties of oregano from Holland.
Passionflower has been enjoyed for both its sweet taste and its health benefits for over 5,000 years.
Bring a bit of life to the dead of winter by attracting birds to your backyard with these feeding tips.
A Georgia gardener experiences the competitive nature of the southern gardening community.
Recycle kitchen scraps to help the planet—and your garden. Learn how to effectively compost and vermicompost at home with these tips and instructions.
A New York gardener cooks with herbs and seasoning blends from all over the world.
A Colorado gardener suggests garden party ideas for year round fun.
Eco-expert Umbra Fisk dishes the dirt on whether or not urban soil is safe for food gardening.
Plant heirloom seeds to help preserve endangered plant varieties.
Add these 29 herbs to your garden to create a Colonial-inspired oasis.
Explore (and see how to cultivate) culinary, medicinal and household Colonial herbs.
Use this garden plan to create an even, geometric-shaped Colonial garden.
Go old-school with a useful, water-saving Colonial front garden.
The Colonial hern garden served as the apothecary, perfumery and spice rack for the average household. Create your own Colonial garden with our help; discover which herbs to include.
Here are some tips so that you can you talk to your doctor about using herbs as part of a comprehensive health plan.
When it comes to winter foods, sage is a perfect match; it’s one of the best herbs to winter over indoors.
A regional herb gardener relates his experience with growing herbs in a greenhouse.
Jo Ann Gardner shares her winter in Nova Scotia.
Elisabeth Sheldon shares her exotic blooms in the windy spring.
Use our garden plan that we created to help one Alabama-based gardener grow herbs in a difficult climate.
Mediterranean herbs can flourish in climates with periods of drought and humidity with well-drained soil.
Discover which herbs we recommend to expand your culinary herb garden. These plants lend an exotic flavor in the kitchen.
Preserving that fresh herb flavor doesn’t end with the drying process. Here’s how to keep that distinct flavor going strong until next season.
Jim Long's musings: My friend Sal arrived in the Ozarks in 1974 straight out of college, never before having been outside of New York City. Sal saw himself as some sort of pioneer, honestly believing anything west of New York was literally “Out West.” Read more.
Designed to be a portable guide for identifying, selecting and cooking with herbs and spices, this compact book fits easily in pocket or purse to take to the market, then back home again to use in the kitchen.
Plantain (Plantago major) is one of the most widespread wild herbs in the world.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) has been a garden staple for centuries, thanks to its springy blossoms and skin-soothing abilities.
A cheerful-looking, hardy herb, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is famous for healing everything from depression to bruises and burns.
Nifty tools keep you and your garden in tip-top shape.
Defining an herb garden with a solid green edge is like framing a picture: It draws the eye to the beauty within and defines its boundaries.
Use this garden plan to create a lovely little cutting garden, perfect for creating an herbal bouquet.
Plant a small garden bed to provide a constant source of cut flowers for the home or office or to take to your friends.
Once the summer solstice passes in late June, dill or cilantro become much less likely to burst into premature bloom.
Jim Long's musings: A year ago I was just out of the hospital after a kidney transplant. It was February, the time of year when I normally would be planting potatoes, peas, onions, poppies and cilantro. Not yet able to travel, I was staying with my cousins, Bill and Laveta, in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more.
From a favorite mystery novel writer comes this unexpected compilation of all things herbal. Read more.
Evan Williams accidentally burned down her family’s barn-turned-cottage when she was a grad student. Now its charred remains are the centerpiece of her show-stopping Kansas garden.
Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is a versatile herb that might not win any beauty contests. Its rootstocks grow crooked and bear horizontal branches of long, creeping runners with thin reddish-brown stems that grow to a length of over 30 feet.
Queen-Anne’s-lace grows freely throughout North America, but its traditional medicinal and culinary uses are not well-known today.
Just one plant in a bed can make for a lonely garden. But when plants share, they can benefit each other in many ways.
Adorn your front steps with these gorgeous greens.
A front-step garden makes for a pretty, green entry, adds gardening space and allows you to cater to difficult or tender plants.
This simple dish is great for outdoor buffets.
Residential ares are rich ground for gathering “wild” herbs, but they also present a few hazards.
Grow these herbs tp help the enviornment
Herbs that may be at risk according the United Plant Savers
Make salads with herbs stright from your garden with our salad bowl garden design plans.
Start cool-season greens, vegetables and herbs early for fresh spring salads.
A quick overview of botany to help you understand the basics
Learn how easy it is to store your herb harvest as herbal vinegar.
Wind down your summer with these seed care and storage tips, and enjoy an organized (and fruitful) spring planting season.
Plant these 10 mints in your small balcony garden to create a beautiful terrace that provides bite-sized botany.
Create a useful, beautiful terrace garden with 10 types of mint.
Create a colorful Southern-style garden
Attract pollinators to your garden with our seven gardening tips.
Fantasizing about wee winged folk is a timeless rite of passage. You can help the children in your life on their backyard fairy journey with a few of nature’s baubles.
A garden for all senses goes beyond visual beauty to embrace tactile, fragrant, delicious plants and soothing sounds.
Basil is easy to grow, but keeping that fresh spicy-sweet flavor intact is not so easy … unless you know a few vital tips and shortcuts.
A couple's vegetable farm feeds their bodies—and their souls.
Make a delicious rose-geranium tea to take the chill out of a midwinter afternoon.
Check out these 10 basils you're sure to love. They include exotic varieties, culinary favorites and ornamental beauties.
This summer, reap what you sow with useful tools, fun kits and stylish gear.
The toothed leaves of epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides) taste delicious in chili.
Check out our online exclusive and learn more about the benefits of agricultural cornmeal.
There are two basic types of mulch. Learn more about each type.
Our garden expert explains the benefits of mulching.
Find Jim Long's retail picks for native plants.
Here are some healthful native plants you might find in your own garden or in nearby fields.
Did you know there are many herbs and edible plants native to the United States that you can grow, or find already growing, in your garden? Some can be found in the wild, and may even be growing in your garden, but you aren’t recognizing them as useful, edible plants.
Learn more about 10 new basil varieties created from commercial breeding programs and heirlooms.
If you’re ever in New York City, be sure to discover the rich tapestry of colors, textures and fragrances of more than 250 medieval herbs thriving in not one, but three cloister gardens in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.
This month we like these cute, kid-friendly herb kits.
You can make fairies a part of your favorite child’s life by providing some areas for play and a ready supply of natural objects.
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the AHS Plant Heat-Zone Map can help you in your quest for the best herbs to grow in your region.
Make natural dyes by growing herbs, outlined in our herb-infused gardening plans.
Try our plans for a garden full of color ready to be harvested.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: During these cold, gray days, I like to think of my colorful enclosed garden containing the most brilliant orange, yellow, and scarlet flowers I can raise from seed or buy from nurseries. Reflecting back on last summer’s star performers, I realized that my garden provided more surprises than usual. Read more.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Beguiling, shiny, and colorful, the seed catalogs flood in at this time of year. I, for one, am happy to see them come, particularly the specialty and rare-plant catalogs that keep me up-to-date on current cultivars. For many years, herbs were herbs, and the old favorites didn’t change much. Now we have a plethora of choices. Read more.
Note from Regional Gardeners: I tire of visitors’ giving unsolicited advice. Too often, they dismiss plants as inferior to some form that they cultivate, or they warn me that something is going to get out of hand even though they don’t understand how some otherwise aggressive plants may stay docile in a semiarid climate. Read more.
The plants listed below are shown or mentioned in Beatrix Potter’s stories.
Notes From a Regional Gardener: I recently saw an interview with a fitness expert on the morning news. He stated that gardening had little or no exercise value. I nearly dropped my bowl of Cheerios. “Oh, yeah,” I grumbled at the television, “I’d like to see you come over here and go through what I do every day.” Read more.
Notes From a Regional Herb Gardener: In August, my pond (which I call Glimmer Pond) is murky with a bright green algae bloom, the water lilies are thick with their chalice-shaped flowers of pink or yellow rising above the glossy lily pads, and heat shimmers above the surface of the water in vertical waves. Read more.
Notes From a Regional Herb Gardener: This was not an ordinary year in my herb garden, nor was it for others nearby who found their gardens this spring flooded by 5 feet of water from a burst dike. Read more.
In considering the various species, I like to classify them according to their native habitat and growth habit. Learn more.
Note from a Regional Gardener: If you’ve ever stopped to examine a timothy stalk in bloom, you know that its tip is made up of many hundreds of compressed flowers densely packed on a long spike. This is the stage when I pick bunches to dry for winter bouquets, even for potpourri. Read more.
Note from Regional Gardeners: In the West, especially in Colorado, the traditional response to high temperatures is to turn on the hose. It’s my theory that more plants perish by drowning than by drought, which seems an odd paradox in our semiarid climate. Read more.
There are hundreds of species of beneficial insects that feed on garden pests. Meet a few of the most common ones.
Plant these herbs to start a luscious lemon-scented garden.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Gardening here is a month ahead of much of the country: April stands in as our “lusty month of May”, while May is the height of our season, with temperatures in the high 80s and 90s and perennials achieving full growth and magnificence. Read more.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: How is it that you have time to sit down and read a magazine? I, for one, hardly have time for meals. But perhaps you had a kinder autumn last year than we did. Read more.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: My greenhouse is alive. Shifting a pot to a new location, I surprised a small nest of sow bugs, which scurried for new cover. And when the skies darken and the first heavy drops fall on the greenhouse plastic, a chorus of croaking frogs begins. Read more.
You can make your own self-watering container from a couple of 5-gallon buckets.
Try planting a theme garden for a unique collection of herbs.
This 12 step plant gathering guide will help you take advantage of all the benefits of medicinal wild plants.
Want better soil? Follow these three tips from soil-management expert Jeff Lowenfels.
Readers often request plans for a garden that will repel mosquitoes. But are you asking too much from your garden? Learn more.
Before you adorn your home with showy, vivacious peonies, make sure you do this one thing.
Most echinaceas have the typical daisy form with droopy rays around a central cone, but breeders are doing their best to come up with unbelievable alternatives: flowers that are fully double, anemone-form, or with spoon- and quill-shaped petals. Read more.
To add an unusual array of coneflowers to your garden, try favorites such as 'Tiki Torch,' 'Sunrise,' 'Mac 'N Cheese,' and more.
With any plant, one of the best things a breeder can do is select forms in which the whole plant—rather than just the flower—is more refined. Read more.
Your guide to the new echinacea varieties—novel versions of the much-loved, hardy coneflower.
Did you know that peony is an herb? It is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine in a variety of herbal medicines. The plant is generally not used in modern Western medicine, but scientists continue to study its effects and properties. Learn more.
Learn how to mimic winter conditions with your refrigerator in order to coax a seed to sprout.
Plant these 10 colorful, carefree herbs for a riotous self-seeding bed, year after year.
Learn how to plant herb seeds. Think of the future: Try this carefree garden for a riotous self-seeding bed, year after year.
This moonlight garden was planned and planted by Carolee Snyder of Carolee’s Herb Farm in Hartford City, Indiana
Learn more about drying herbs, including what the two most popular methods are, how to extract the best flavor retention from herbs and how to store leaves properly.
Check out which herbs were planted in the Hortus Medicus garden at the Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
If you grow different kinds of scented pelargoniums in close proximity, you may find that the offspring of these seeds are not identical to the plants from which you collected them but are hybrids. Learn how to hybridize scented pelargoniums.
Notes From A Regional Herb Gardener: This is a fine time for planting here. Temperatures are cooling down, and so the herbs are losing less moisture from their leaves and generally need less tending. Read more.
Trees provide food and habitat for wildlife, improve air quality and shade your home, reducing energy use.
Landscape chemicals could harm your pets. Protect them by choosing safe alternatives.
Ellen and Robert Sousa's four acres of central Massachusetts river valley had everything they had dreamed of: woodlands, a pond, a stream and pasture. It just needed some wildlife-friendly, native plants and a little TLC.
Garden peas are best when they're fresh from the garden, so learn how to grow and harvest them yourself.
Don't ruin your beautiful flower beds this spring, instead plant a cutting garden in private.
See how Georgia gardeners maintain their plots all winter-long.
Coordinating scents in your fragrance garden can be fun, but trying to match colors as well can be complicated.
When the cold rain of early spring gets you down, start planning ahead with these interesting, fun plants.
A reader asks, we tell: Is there such a thing as chocolate basil?
Plant enough to share with these creatures and the other beneficial insects that dill attracts.
If you adore gardens filled with scent, keep an eye out for these seven herbal groundcovers. These herbs live up to their multitasking reputations; practical, beautiful, aromatic.
Sunny areas require extra ground coverage to keep moisture in the soil. These nine herbal groundcovers will thrive in hot areas while keeping moisture close to plant roots.
Did you know there also are living mulches? I’m talking about the soil-huggers, the low-growers of the plant world—the unheralded herbal groundcovers.
Are you on the lookout for a quirky and inspirational addition to your garden? Check out these five unusual herb varieties.
Before you can get down and dirty in the garden, use this checklist to prepare your garden for spring weather.
Two of the nine species of echinacea native to North America, the Tennessee coneflower (E. tennesseensis) and the rare Appalachian smooth purple coneflower (E. laevigata), are federally listed endangered species. Learn more.
Expert gardening advice on choosing a rose variety and treating rose diseases.
Check out which herbs and roses you should plant in your herb and rose garden.
Herbal companions play a strong supporting role in the drama and beauty that unfold in a rose garden.
Good hot or cold, Avery of Richters Herbs suggests that fresh is best, but dried herbs can be used as well to enjoy this tea in full.
A great salt substitute that can be used fresh or dried, this recipe is from Cathy Avery, marketing manager at Richters Herbs. Quantities can be altered to taste.
Find out how colors and sounds collide harmoniously in an herb garden.
The Cistus species, or rockroses, are often ignored by gardeners but you can't miss their sweet scent.
Find out why Colorado is a great place to garden.
Skip the indoor trend and keep your container gardening outdoors.
Jo Ann Gardener shares her gardening etiquette advice.
Rob Proctor imagines an ideal garden without all the work.
Re-educate yourself on the many benefits of dandelion.
Tour the herb gardens of France with Portia Meares.
Learn about Elisabeth Sheldon's love for all things Nepeta in her New York garden.
Learn great ideas from Andy Van Hevelingen on how to design your maritime garden.
Get out of a gardening slump this spring and follow Portia Meares' advice for experimenting with medicinal herbs in your garden.
Winter is a great time for garden brainstorming. Find out what Rob Proctor is planning for his own garden borders.
Follow Andy Van Hevelingen's herb collecting obsession as he pursues Lavandula angustifolia.
Chatting with like-minded gardeners while sipping a cup of fragrant tea is a blissful way to pass an April or May afternoon.
Wyoming gardener Pat Herkel needs more daylight hours to work with chile peppers in her garden.
On a Canadian farm, plants for pleasure grow amongst vegetable gardens and other useful plants.
Not all plants thrive on roofs. Choose these plants, which are suited for most climates, but especially for high-altitude, dry climates.
To see photos of the Fosselius' garden from "Garden Spaces: Plant a Water-Wise Garden," as it was when they first wrote to us, click on the IMAGE GALLERY.
This delightful garden fresh tea recipe is sure to get you in the mood for summertime.
This low-maintenance herb and kitchen garden went from unruly to efficient.
Check out these herbs for your water-wise garden.
Readers Katie and Jeff Fosselius challenged us to design a lush, low-water garden that will thrive in their arid climate.
We selected favorite catalogs based on the beauty of their pages, the quality of the information they provide and the strength of the companies’ reputations.
Here are universal rules for successful seed starting.
Early winter is the best time to prepare for your spring garden. Learn more.
Advice from homeowner and gardener Chris Prelitz
Clay soil isn't all bad, but to make an herb garden great in Georgia, you need to garden your way around red clay.
Tips about using mulch.
Get to know the invasive weeds in your area.
For privacy, quiet, and insulation, plant your walls and create a living wall.
A beginner's guide to the basics of permaculture.
This fall garden maintenance advice will help your herbs and plants recover from the havoc of summer.
Children plant a pesticide-free garden in Missouri.
For suburban garden pest control, especially for rabbits, try digging a 2-foot-tall fence 5 or 6 inches into the ground.
By preserving herbs with a vinegar you can make great vinaigrette recipes.
Here is a glossary of more than 70 garden herbs and their meanings compiled from dozens of nineteenth-century language-of-flowers books from several horticultural libraries as well as from my own library.
Herbs just love hypertufa pots and you will too if you’re looking for a late-summer project to involve the kids or grandkids.
Harvest your garden the eco way with these easy to follow tips. Our
list of herbs that regenerate fairly quickly include Echinacea, Oregon
grape and American ginseng to name a few.
When moving, it is sometimes difficult to transplant yourself in your
new garden and environment. Wyoming gardener Pat Herkal is trading her
half-acre garden for a smaller garden in the Pacific Northwest;
however, her transition to the Zone 8 proves more challenging than
During the summer, daytime temperatures between 85 and 95 degrees means ones thing for Chicago gardener Leah Zeldes, hotter chili peppers! Maximize your pepper harvest by tracking the day and evening temperatures.
For a low-maintenance garden, try growing these native plants for a beautiful and lively garden.
Grow a low-maintenance native plant garden full of hardy plants. Learn the basics of native garden designs and how to spot edible native herbs in the wild.
Interested in taxonomy? We distinguish between Sambucus candensis and S. nigra.
An herb garden at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, tells of Haskell’s history and heartbreak, while offering hope for peace.
I come from a family of weavers and find the wand-making process therapeutic and relaxing, at least up to a point. Read more.
Strolling through the garden in this glorious summer weather, gazing appreciatively at the foaming masses of color and texture produced by the interplanting of herbs, perennials, annuals, and shrubs, I have that wonderful feeling of what-hath-God-wrought that comes over me every year when this piece of earth, which seemed a dreary waste a month or so ago, turns into a small paradise. Read more.
My hands are a mess. Odds are yours are, too. One thing gardeners share is the need for a full-time manicurist. A few gardeners wear gloves, I’m told. Read more of Rob Proctor's musings.
I was very surprised this year to see how my lavender farm reacted to the weather.
The frost watch is on as the fall weather alternates between warm and sunny and cool and rainy.
In Hawaii, where I live and grow medicinal herbs, it’s easy to forget the season. Changes in the weather are reflected in the fruits, vegetables and herbs that are in season at the time.
This season when the leaves show brilliant colors, none are more attractive in my eyes than those of staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), now a bright scarlet.
Bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), a plant of classical fame, is a half-hardy shrub in Atlanta, often grown in large tubs on patios or decks.
How to handle a drought garden when it's hot and dry.
A garden story about Gertrude Foster, or Bunny as her friends knew her, an author with a passion for herbs.
Rock gardens are an excellent way to create a more dynamic outdoor living space.
The Rock Garden, a natural stone showcase garden in Colorado is known as "Colorado's Stonehenge."
Fresh produce can last all winter—without refrigeration—if stored in cool conditions. Use these tips to eat locally all year.
A French province and deep Italian roots natures variety give rise to exquisite cuisine and exceptional wine.
A French province and deep Italian roots natures variety give rise to exquisite cuisine and exceptional wine.
Use these eight simple actions to garden more responsibly and help protect and preserve our planet's health.
So many choices your head is spinning? Read on for expert advice.
The owner of a well-known botanical business believes herbs have the power to help pollinators, too.
This herb garden is modeled after the healing gardens common in Middle Ages monasteries.
By collecting rainwater and reusing graywater from their home, two brothers have created a lush, food-producing garden outside Tuscon, Arizona.
Based on the historic folk gardens of Texas and Mexico, this Austin, Texas garden features native plants and a stone wall inlaid with fossils and trinkets.
Influenced by both Asian and European styles, this garden of the decade features a Japanese teahouse and a bridge spanning a 100-year-old irrigation ditch.
With its super insulation and solar-power system, the prefabricated BrightBuilt Barn by Kaplan Thompson Architects and Bensonwood Woodworking Company produces far more energy than it consumes.
Growing lavender can be challenging at times, but with Geraldine’s tips, you’ll have more lavender than you’ll know what to do with.
Pests come and go throughout the season and they vary between climates.
While many herbs can be used to make delicious herbal tea and tea blends, there are some that I consider essential in any tea garden.
Roses are not only beautiful landscape shrubs, but also useful for cosmetics, cooking and healing. Yet many classic varieties are notoriously prone to disease, requiring time-consuming care regimens.
Mint has been used for different purposes throughout history. Nancy Smith explores mint throughout the ages and tops it off with a recipe for glazed carrots with mint sauce.
Once a common ingredient in soups, stews, salads and sauces, sorrel vanished from use for hundreds of years. Now this delightful, leafy green is finding its way back into gardens and kitchens, where its tantalizing flavor and good nutrition can be enjoyed each spring.
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin; Zones 4-9).
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis; Zones 3-7).
Shiso (Perilla frutescens; annual).
Parsley (Petroselinum spp.; Zones 5-9).
Wild ginger (Asarum canadense; Zones 2-8)
Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum; Zones 4-10).
Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum; Zones 5-8).
Herbs in shade may seem like a difficult combination. Fear not. For beds and borders shaded by trees, fences or buildings, try one or more of these seven stars for shade.
Layering is coaxing a shoot, stem or branch to form its own roots while still attached to the parent plant. This process takes longer than cuttings or division—sometimes up to a year.
Herbs and other perennials can be propagated by taking a cutting from the stem of an existing plant.
The easiest and fastest way to generate new plants for your landscape is to divide fully grown, herbaceous (non-woody) perennials that are already in your garden. Each division will make a new plant for your own garden or to share with friends.
The propagation method you choose will depend on the specific plant and time of year. With a small investment of time and a few simple tools, you can create a new generation of plants for free, and enjoy transforming your garden along the way.
Learn more about the varieties of mint and their distinctive features.
Try these tips when trying to grow mint.
All of the following herb plants are readily available at garden centers.
Flowers and Herbs of Early America is a thoroughly documented survey of 58 species of flowers and herbs, illustrated with glorious modern photography and period hand-colored engravings.
In 2006, beekeepers in the United States (and other parts of the world) noticed a dramatic decline in honey bee populations, a phenomenon now known as “colony collapse disorder.”
Nestled along California’s Central Coast, Cambria Pines Lodge features 5 acres of themed gardens. Most are self-contained within living walls of hedges formed by Monterey cypress, pittosporum or New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). Walking into each garden room is like discovering a secret space.
Try these goods for optimum growth.
Remember these tips when negotiating with neighborhood homeowners about urban farming.
You don’t have to become a neighborhood organizer to get involved in local urban growing.
Follow this eight simple steps to sow your own seeds.
Expose your children to the joys of gardening.
Find out this master gardener's favorite heirlooms.
Remember these important tips when tending to your organic, sustainable garden.
Make sure your site has adequate food, water and sustainable spaces.
As urban sprawl pushes wild things out, gardeners are creating backyard habitats to invite them back in.
Try these new planters and garden tools for your spring gardening.
Around 1525, an alphabetical list of “Herbys necessary for a gardyn” was compiled for English landowner Thomas Fromond.
Soak in breathtaking gardens, artwork and rare books at this sunny Southern California gem.
Now is the time to plan your garden for the coming season, and with a slew of new herb varieties being introduced, 2009 is sure to be a year to remember.
Compost—the dark, crumbly humus left when organic matter has completely decayed—is the best thing you can give your plants. Check out our three-step guide.
Many of Jan’s favorite plants are low-maintenance herbs that “volunteer” throughout her garden, as well as scented plants, and those with interesting shapes.
Jan Hall learns to let her garden go with nature's flow.
For a bountiful and wholesome harvest, feed your soil organically.
Check out our five-year plan to create your own kitchen garden.
Why is food gardening rising in popularity again? There are many reasons, but one of the biggest is the growing awareness that how food is produced affects its quality and our environment.
Follow our easy plan and harvest delicious, organic food right outside your kitchen door.
Learn how the International Herb Association chooses its Herb of the Year, and which herbs have honored in years past.
A useful tip straight from our article on the 2009 Herb of the Year.
A bouquet garni (boh-kay gar-nee) is a bundle of herbs tied together. Learn how to make one with your 2009 Herb of the Year - bay.
Picking bay in the wild is not recommended, as some plants commonly called bays or laurels are highly poisonous. Learn which ones are.
An Austin landscape designer creates an enchanting tribute to the south Texas folk garden tradition.
Add these shrub varieties to your garden for an extra added personal touch.
It’s too early to start seeds under lights in the basement. I could stretch the truth and babble about the tawny colors and fascinating textures of the winter garden—all those pods and rose hips caressed by silver frost—but I’m not going to risk frostbite just to exclaim over the pale sun shimmering on winter’s mantle. I just want it to melt the damn snow.
I think I’m suffering from short-term memory loss. That’s the only plausible explanation I have for being so eager to start all over again on the herb garden.
The weather has settled into its dreary winter mode of endless rainy days. It’s no wonder that the Pacific Northwest has burgeoning coffee shop and herb tea industries, good for warming both body and spirit and for confronting the depressing weather.
As much as half of household water use can be attributed to landscaping and garden uses, and a good amount of fossil fuels go into producing and using garden tools and equipment. Prepare for spring with these 10 tips to create a yard and garden that support your local ecosystem and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels.
Visitors bag their own soup seasoning as they go along.
Q. This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter?
A. Seed starting is like baking bread—you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature and viable yeast.
Nature's calorie-free sweetener.
Three plants vie for the honor of being the biblical saffron: the saffron crocus, safflower and turmeric.
We aren’t certain milk thistle is one of the thistles and briers referred to in the Bible, but it could be. We know that milk thistle grows among shrubs common in Samaria and parts of Israel today.
There are 135 species of myrrh found throughout Africa and Arabia, growing mainly in very arid regions.
Believing that garlic increases virility, Hebrews have relied on the herb to be able to “be fruitful and multiply” as directed in Genesis.
Frankincense is an important ingredient in incense. Literally, frank means “free” and incense means “lighting.”
Linen is one of the world’s oldest textiles; the earliest fragment of identified cloth (considered to be of linen) is from eastern Turkey, carbon-dated to 9,000 years ago.
The aloes of biblical times are very different from the aloe vera you keep on your kitchen counter.
These 7 ancient herbs were necessary for the well-being of spiritual ancestors. Learn about their ancient uses among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian people and why we still need these herbs today.
For healthy, long-lived rosemary, follow these five simple steps.
Rosemary is easy to grow in the garden or pot. Give this Mediterranean native full sun and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil and it will be quite content. The difficult part is choosing which rosemary to grow - that's where we come in.
Herb Companion contributor, Leda Meredith, an ethnobotanist from New York and author of Botany Ballet & Dinner from Scratch will be featured today (November 10) on The Martha Stewart Show.
Spreading upon the green-hued fields of Rochall, County Galway, Ireland, is Brigit’s Garden, a celebration of Celtic folklore, mythology and heritage. Because of the climate-moderating effects of the nearby Gulf Stream, a surprising array of colorful flowers, herbs and vegetables thrives in this garden, which reflects the four seasons and the cycle of life.
In this insecticidal soap spray, garlic and chile are used to deter common pests.
Control ants and other common garden pests with this Herb and Soap Ant-Repellent Spray.
In the October 5th issue of The Chicago Tribune, Herb Companion garden editor, Vicki Mattern, gives advice on how to winter herbs indoors.
Get to know some of the best—and most memorable—herbal experts in the business.
Let it snow. With living herbs filling your home, summer’s flavors and scents are just a few steps away.
Feeding deer is a bad idea; once they are attracted to an area, it’s difficult to keep them away.
The Natural Home Show House in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, starts to look like…a house!
A lush, bountiful garden in Northern California proves that sustainable living is rich with rewards.
Make your yard sustainable with these eight easy tips. From growing the right grass to mowing properly, we'll tell you how to keep a natural lawn.
Gardening guru Jim Wilson, former cohost of the PBS show "Victory Garden," shares the secrets of his lush Missouri cottage garden, called the Friendship Farm.
Garden blogs can be a wonderful source of new plants and new friends.
This four-square garden contains all the bold flavors that have made this cuisine so wildly popular in recent decades.
This list of tried-and-true varieties can get you off to the right start for growing your own garlic.
Boost your garlic harvest, stir things up with 'curly' sage and more herb news.
If supermarket garlic is all you have experienced, you could be in for quite a revelation.
Gardens and hammocks were made for each other, and with a little planning, your back yard can become a relaxing retreat.
How to make your own labyrinth for serenity and meditation.
A community project honors the land.
Given this colorful haven, your guests will want to stay awhile, come back often, spread the word and provide for you a constantly busy, musical and even raucous backdrop of twittering and flittering.
Arugula's popularity has skyrocketed as people discover the pleasures of eating—and growing—this distinctly aromatic leafy green.
It’s difficult to have fun with our friends at a party or campout if the insects are outlandish. But, there is a way to keep bugs away if you’re willing to plan ahead and exercise a little patience. A little planning can make your next outdoor party or campout bug free without toxic chemicals.
Investing in a new roof? Let us help you find the best material for your home, climate and budget.
Turn an ordinary garden into a magical, whimsical playground for plants--and people.
A new bee balm wowed judges to win a gold medal.
The Herb Companion offers tips for creating your own natural pest control.
The Herb Society of America celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Skip the harsh chemicals and retain nature’s balance in your garden with herbal pesticides.
A stone wall planted with herbs makes a spectacular yet practical landscape feature.
Create a cascade of color and fragrance by planting a stone wall with herbs.
Flowers come in an astonishing array of colors, scents and forms—botanists estimate there are more than 240,000 types of flowering plants in the world. Although we primarily appreciate flowers for their uplifting effects on the spirit and psyche, many flowers also contain a wealth of healing compounds with measurable effects on the body and mind.
Spring greens help detoxify and invigorate the body—gather some on a refreshing nature walk and try these fun, fresh recipes.
Just as gardeners can be divided into those who like giant alliums and those who think they are silly, so can gardeners be divided into those who successfully propagate plants from cuttings and those whose cuttings die a lingering death.
Getting a cutting to take root isn't for the easily discouraged.
A sustainable landscape artist shares a few secrets.
A familiar and flavorful plant has been chosen by the International Herb Association (IHA) as the 2009 Herb of the Year.
Would you like to grow something a little different this year? You can find many interesting possibilities through The Herb Society of America’s Promising Plants Program, which spotlights little-known or underused herbs.
Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between herb seedlings in the garden and weeds, which often spring to life right next to newly germinated herbs.
Learn how Texas gardener Lucinda Hutson turned her small, urban plot into a lush cottage garden.
By combining herbs that thrive under dry conditions with several time-tested strategies for reducing moisture loss, you easily can grow an herb garden that requires little or no supplemental water.
Get a jump start on the season with a cold frame--a growing bed framed with 2x4s and covered with an old window sash of a sheet of heavy plastic.
If you’re looking to jazz up your herb border this spring, Monrovia Nursery has a couple of outstanding new selections to add to your list.
"Basil to Thyme" excerpt August September 2005 Tim Haas and Jan Beane Book Excerpt Chapter 4 Container Gardening Container gardening, is a phrase we have heard often. So what does this mean? Container gardening is for those who do
Don't wait for spring - start your garden planning now.
We've got all the right tools to help you beat out those nasty weeds. Take these 7 basic steps to create a beautiful organic garden, sans excessive weed growth that eats away at your happy flower home.
Xeriscaping requires very little water, provides wildlife habitat, reduces chemical pollution—and saves you money.
Learn ways to nurture your garden with tough, low-growing perennials, reel mowers, raised garden beds, water monitors and sustainable wood garden furniture.
What's the secret to number one tree care? Eric Fowler, a certified master arborist with SavATree, says a proactive regimen is the best approach to tree care.
Fill your deck, patio or porch with fresh flavor, fragrance and color.
Fresh herbs on the kitchen windowsill reward you with flavor, fragrance and foliage. Learn how you can grow your own kitchen herb garden and discover which herbs work best for your kitchen.
With smart planning and season-stretching techniques, you can enjoy fresh flavors and scents year-round
Busy? Gone often? Don't have a green thumb? Here are 20 plants even you can't kill.
Take a lesson from a master: Use nature’s palette of flowers and herbs to create a scene of ever-changing beauty.
Not your common garden varieties—ornamental salvias add rich texture, color and fragrance to beds, borders and beyond.
Make your lawn natural and chemical-free with these sustaianble landscaping tips.
Founder of the biodynamic herb farm Resting in the River and Oscar-nominated actress Marsha Mason gracefully maintains an intimate connection with the earth and an incredibly busy schedule.
A California gardener transforms a pedestrian front yard into a spectacular showcase for native plants.
Growing dainty, fragrant herbs in the crevices of paths and walls prevents weeds and adds whimsy to your yard or garden.
You can single-handedly curb your city’s pollution by building a lovely, native rain garden. Rain gardens absorb stormwater runoff, diverting water runoff from storm drains and helping cities return to nomral drainage patterns.
Gardening offers blind plant lovers the opportunity to connect with nature, relax and grow food and herbs.
Why ignore your garden during the cold months when it can be beautiful to behold in the snow?
Save your favorite herbs by bringing them indoors for winter care, and enjoy fresh flavor throughout the season.
An Arizona man's sustainable vision takes root in his own back yard. Welcome to the EcoHood, an eco-friendly, sustainable community.
A Texas garden center proves that diverse, easy-to-care-for antique rose varieties are anything but old-fashioned.
Go green in the garden by following these 5 easy steps.
Tackling environmental topics with irreverence, intelligence and a fresh perspective.
Green your yard with these nine great products for the garden.
Create a more eco-friendly patio with our guide to green patio choices.
Improve your home's energy efficiency through landscaping.
Native trees, flowers and shrubs are a gardener’s best friends.
This study in gracious Southern living is a fine example of how the Not So Big philosophy of better, not bigger, works in the garden.
Rid your garden of insects using natural pest control methods.
Urban gardeners are flocking to chickens to keep bugs away and provide eggs and compost. Keeping backyard birds is easier than you might think.
Extend your reach, send deer scampering and rub your feet the right way with these gardener-friendly new products.
Susanne Westerfield’s gardening zeal and love for kids lead to a thriving children’s garden in Michigan.
Experience joyful wandering, stone pathways, perennials, cacti, stately oak and pecan trees, a meadow of carefree wildflowers and so much more at this Austin Wildflower Center.
Some herbs grow best when sown right where they are to grow.
Planting a connection between children and the earth may seem difficult in today’s world of video games, computers and DVDs. Generations away from the farm, many children today don’t have a connection with soil and seed.
The weather might keep you out of the dirt, but you can start planning with these great mail-order nurseries -- for hard-to-find herbs and expert guidance no matter where you live.
TOPICAL GARDENING TIPS
Container Gardening Essentials
Handy Tools to Haul Your Heavy Harvest
While many plants are known to be bee magnets, honeybees and bumblebees will pass them all by when germander blooms.
Start cold-hardy kale now for sweet soups and salads this winter.
While honeybees’ sweet byproducts are delicious, their value extends far beyond providing golden honey.
Harvested rainwater and graywater sustains a lush garden in urban Tucson.
Hot new cultivars give classic coneflowers a saucy facelift.
A drainage ditch is transformed into a paradise garden in Laguna Beach, California.
Using containers is a good way to discipline unruly herbs, those invasive plants you don’t dare let loose in your yard.
Herbs and health are a happy combination for animals as well as people.
Jim Long shares his most embarrassing moment as a gardener.
Here are some pointers on how to grow and make the most of lemon-scented herbs.
Let your herb garden set the stage for pools, waterfalls and fountains that will attract wildlife, too.
There is no substitute for natural vanilla, the worlds most exotic and sensual plant.
Stop pulling and start eating: Weeds are great for your health!
You can have a beautiful, weed-free lawn and garden without chemicals.
Working with natural systems and patterns, permaculture experts transform a forest-edge hillside into a cascade of outdoor living spaces in California’s west Sonoma County.
Green roofs are all the rage in Europe, and they're catching on in progressive cities such as Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Should you plant a garden atop your house?
Work with the earth for your health and a healthy ecology.
The garden is a natural place to embrace wabi-sabi, the art of imperfect beauty, and practice the delicate balance between nature and nurture.
From organic fertilizers to yard art made from recycled aluminum, find the best eco-friendly garden products.
Several new tools on the market this year make gardening more fun, less stressful and more efficient.
Will these tiny, sprightly landscapes actually attract fairies? To find out, follow these guidelines, and keep your eyes open for magic.
GREEN PATCH TOPICAL GARDENING TIPS December/January 2004 By BARBARA PLEASANT Seeds or Plants? Question: I am confused about which herbs I can
grow from seeds, and which ones I should buy as plants. When is one
way better than the other? Answer: Herbs are such diverse plants that there is no simple answe
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For many gardeners, the garden is a personal, sacred space. It’s a place of meditation, of labor, of seeing growth and progress. It’s a place to experience the joy of participating in nature on a daily basis.
Any yard or garden can feature the wonder of water. Master the planning process with these basic considerations.
Enjoy the taste sensations of these water-loving herbs.
CONTAINER GARDENING ESSENTIALS
TOPICAL GARDENING TIPS
Welcome these gray and green herbs to your garden, and flavor is sure to follow.
Just like humans, plants soak up the nutrients from tea. By brewing garden tea or fertilizer teas, your plants will get the extra boost they need.
Pinching back herbs can be a difficult process as each plant has different requirements. Pinching will yield a larger harvest and it is great for the herb plant too.
Shadberry has many names, a few of which are shadblow tree, Amelanchier
spp. and juneberry. This medicinally beneficial tree is one of the
highlights in JoAnn Gardner’s New York garden.
Artemisias Enjoy a Long Run as Garden Plants
Not all plants are created equal when it comes to their light, water and feeding requirements.
President Jefferson enjoyed gardening at Monticello and he introduced amercians to Tom Thumb lettuce and hyacinth bean vine. Despite his flourishing garden, he dreamed of the West and what native plants existed.
Consider backyard bats to help keep mosquitoes and other pests out of your neighborhood.
Transplanting can be a difficult and traumatic process for your plants. Ease the transition with these helpful tips.
A French province and deep Italian roots natures variety give rise to exquisite cuisine and exceptional wine.
A New Generation of Mints Springs from an Illinois Herb Garden.
Jeremiath Gettle shares his lifelong knowledge about gardening and his company Baker Creek Seed.
Thriving plants starts with the right containers.
Jo Ann Gardner's garden design is more than just rows of herbs.
Learn the history of flowers and memorial services throughout the centuries and different cultures.
Rid your lawn of pesky pests using natural pest control methods such as homemade insecticides and natural pesticides. Learn how to get rid of earwigs, slugs, ants and other bugs!
Whether you have acres, a suburban backyard, or a city balcony, creating a backyard wildlife habitat garden will bring magic to your life.
Outdoor garden furniture can increase your homes usable space and bring it out into nature. Just follow this guide to find the most durable, eco-friendly, best outdoor garden furniture.
For healthy plants and a healthy planet, use organic soil and fertilizers.
From Allium schoenoprasum to Stachys byzantina, chives are just around the corner marking the spring growing season.
Barbara Pleasant discuses what herbs are safe for birds and which will attract them to your yard.
Mint has been used for different purposes throughout history. Nancy Smith explores mint throughout the ages and tops it off with a recipe for glazed carrots with mint sauce.
With this sensible adv ice, you'll soon prune with certainty and verve.
An old Juniper tree use to sit outside Jim Long’s window, he cut it down a few years after moving in. Now his kitchen is filled with light, his gutters and yard are clear of leaves and the stumps serves as a large bird bath; however, Long misses his old friend.
Create symbolic reminders of the past and healthy connections to the present with a medicine wheel garden.
Add texture and character to your herb garden with these promising new plant varieties.
If you’re having troubles growing or taking care of you topiary, follow Kathleen’s advice for beautiful topiaries.
How a relationship with herbs can soothe grief.
The sweet scent of lavender fields is one of the many charms at Frog Rock Lavender Farm.
Select a basket and your favorite herbs for a fresh look and flavor all winter long.
Hints, wishes and garden-variety fantasies from some of our favorite herb lovers.
Advice on how to grow this season's garden like a pro.
Although perhaps obvious to experienced gardeners, there are some guidelines for potting up an herb and getting it off to the best start possible
Find fresh meaning in Hanukah's historic herbs.
Madonna lilies, dame’s rocket and woad are true sisters of the soil.
Notes from regional herb gardeners across the U.S.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners
At Hazelwood Herb Farm in Ladysmithe, British Columbia, you'll find a love for herb gardening, cooking and natural beauty products with hazelnut trees all on the perfect plot of land.
Walk down memory lane with The Herb Companion.
Savor the complexity of authentic Swiss herb and mushroom combinations.
Help with perennial plants' winter dormancy.
Achieve plant success from the soil up
Dividing and growing chives is easy as long as you follow this advice and wait until autumn.
This herb gardening advice will teach you how to layer, which should be in every herb grower’s bag of tricks.
Citrus plants offer zestful gardening, even indoors in a cool climate. Plant your favorites in containers for fresh flavor all year.
Jack Hogue talks about his change of career from hog farmer to herb supplier at his herb farm, Prairie Pedlar.
Container herb gardening is such an easy way to garden, and many herbs lend themselves to life in a pot.
The Jerusalem artichoke is often found around old house sites, attesting to its value as a cheap and nourishing food.
The Carter House in California is noted for its warm hospitality and extraordinary four-course garden dining.
Learn why gas-powered lawn mowers are more environmentally dangerous than cars.
Build a water garden in your backyard for a natural retreat. Learn about tips for building a pond, the best water garden plants to use and how to naturally clean your garden.
Learn how to discern the real curry plant (Murraya koenigii) from commonly misidentified curry plants (Helichrysum italicum).
GREEN PATCH For the Beginner
Controlling these pests is the key to success in the garden for you and your plants.
Our contributing gardeners and cooks give the Herb of the Year a big hand.
Increase the water efficiency of your herb garden by xeriscaping.
Weird and wild lavender cultivars were one of the many plant varieties discussed at Portland's Plant Nerd Night.
Noxious weeds infest about 100 million acres of North America and conquer more than 3 million acres each year. You can help stop the invasion of the non-natives by paying attention to what's in your own yard.
This recipe for hawthorn tea will ensure a healthy heart and nourish nerves for years to come.
Following the principles of permaculture, an artist creates a serene, self-sustaining oasis in the northern New Mexico desert.
Pick the right spot, plant a few seeds, add some water and sunshine and magic you have your own herb garden.
You can have a thick, green lawn without turning your backyard into a toxic waste dump by following these eco-friendly suggestions.
May Day at Buffalo Springs Herb Farm
Hope Lives in Youth Garden Projects
Lure these jewel-like creatures to the garden with herbs that nourish and protect
Gussy up your garden with herbal shrubs
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners
Whether you have a backyard or a balcony, you can enhance biodiversity by providing a habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and myriad other living things.
Use container gardening to grow food for yourself or wildlife habitat.
The right mulch can add aesthetic value and save water in your garden.Just make sure youre choosing wisely.
Design your garden with water efficiency in mind, and youll spend less time fussing over your greenery and more time enjoying it.
A growing number of urban farmers are finding that they dont have to choose between the penthouse views and the land spreading out so far and wide. They're creating green acres right where they are.
Plan ahead for a garden with flowers that bloom all year long.
An herb-growing guide for Arbor Day.
Garden weeds control has never been easier. Learn how to take control of your herb garden by controlling and diminishing unwanted weeds.
A new look for lungworts flowers.
Pairing herbs effectively, for the beginner.
Balancing your needs with your home’s starts with understanding your siding options. Consider your options for siding from vinyl to stucco.
From humble beginnings, this national organization helps communities build neighborhoods out of reusable materials.
After her move from the country to a restricted development, Linda Ligon finds a little reminder of her rural home in her new neighborhood: goats.
Entwined thou art wi mony ties.
Extend your garden to include herbs around the stones of a walkway.
A sampler of hardy roses and the absolute truth about them.
Learn which herbs help welcome us into the holiday season
Save your herbs for the cold winter months in these easy steps.
Extend your garden's growing season by protecting plants against early frosts.
Green roofs are a natural cure to problems created by blacktop jungles.
In their quest to minimize mowing, a couple creates a suburban oasis, complete with a potato field and resident frogs.
Find a piece of heaven in your own backyard.
Planting your first herb can be difficult as there are lots of questions that arise. These helpful pointers turn you into an experienced gardener in no time.
Heres some help for troublesome areas in your landscape.
Gardeners from across the country share their gardening trials and tribulations...
For herb lovers, a visit to Richters Herbs is like being a kid in a candy store.
Munching on everything from leafy spurge to knapweed and thistles, the goats are a natural—and more thorough—than herbicides.
Dividing your garden and interior spaces into easy-to-use zones of use saves steps and time and truly personalizes your home environment.
A longing experience to be a part of nature becomes concrete when you get to know your environment's elements and cycles of nature.
This ancient art of detecting water sources led to a plentiful season of gardens and flowers.
Photovoltaics may be the ultimate energy source for the twenty-first century.
Ways to quickly and easily complie your compost and diminish the odor, too.
A Tucson-based organization is on a mission to collect and preserve herbs and other rare vegetables.
These herbs are guaranteed to add a little kick to your salad bowl
Are you in the mood for a delicious cup of herbal tea? Brew some from your own tea garden.
Choice selections for dark corners.
Grow something extra and share the wealth.
Learn which posies say "I'm sorry" and which scream "Congratulations!"
Get a jump on spring gardening before the snow melts with this checklist.
Readers think outside of the box with creative planting spaces.
Learn how Lewis and Clark contributed to the herbs we eat today.
Discover what a few herbs from Greece's largest island can offer your kitchen.
Celebrate spring's harmony and new beginnings
Red clover, purple clover, please turn a fourth leaf over
Begin with these keys to seeding, starting, and transplanting herbs for a strong gardening year.
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners
Herbs can teach life lessons for children of all ages.
For the beginner
The scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is home to Cornell Plantations, the botanical garden, arboretum, and natural area preserves of Cornell University.
The diverse habitats of Block Island are a haven for nature lovers.
The North American natives hold deeply rooted herbal practices.
Now is the time to improve next years garden.
Tips about how to keep one herb from destroying your entire garden.
Get the most out of your soil by adding what it needs to produce a beautiful garden.
The story of how I found my garden.
In the planting scheme of a new California home garden, herbs contribute a lush beauty.
Discover fun gardening ideas for container herbs in pots themed by use, color, texture or scent.
An herbal wedding
Herbs are some of the most powerful plants and flowers for attracting bees and other beneficial insects to your garden.
Versatility,easy care, lush, bright blooms what more could an herb gardener ask for?
Straw bale construction makes a novice builder’s greenhouse affordable, eco-friendly and easy.
Rosemary Gladstar's passion for nature and native plant conservation is an inspiration in gardening.
How to plant the offspring of America's favorite and best-known trees.
A pharmacist journeys into the rainforest and discovers a different approach to healing
Part three of an ongoing series, Kathleen Halloran provides advice for beginning gardeners planting herbs outdoors.
Jim Long encourages people to follow their love of herbs wherever it will take them.
If your yard, balcony, or deck receives a few hours of sunlight, you can still grow abundant versions of your favorite useful plants and have the time and energy to enjoy them.
This Canadian herb farm specializes in culinary delights created with home-grown herbs.
Appreciation for the front porch, the home's connection to the community, is back. Whether your home has a small stoop or a Victorian wraparound, here's how to make it warm and welcoming.
A house without a tree is like a beach without water. Trees can modify the climate and increase the comfort of your home. Find the perfect tree for your region.
Learn how harvesting, or wildcrafting herbs can help you take advantage of medicinal wild plants benefits.
Learn how to prepare planting soil for the first time.
A rough, tough teacher proves to be one of the best for a young man starting out in the world of dirt.