Mulch FAQ

Learn gardening tips and tricks and pick up info on the best mulching materials for your garden.

Homemade Carrot Ketchup

Discover a unique vegetable preservation recipe, and learn about agricultural education efforts at a New York farm that's part of the farm to table movement.

Growing Dwarf Orange Trees

Get your own stash of home-grown oranges by growing your own tree, one of many healthy houseplants that can improve your home and quality of life.

Reducing Stormwater Runoff in Your Garden

Whether it's designing a berm or building a swale for drainage, try these ideas to lower the amount of potentially polluted stormwater runoff from your yard.

How to Practice Eco-Friendly Water Gardening in Summer

The shimmer and trickle of water gardens are naturally pleasing to eyes and ears. By taking steps to make your own eco-friendly water garden, you can rest easy knowing your personal oasis is both beautifying and bettering its surrounding environment.

5 Tips for Growing Healthy Roses

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, learn how to plant and maintain roses successfully, treat common rosebush disease, and pick the right variety for your garden.

Know Your Garden Zones

Grow the right garden for your climate with the best plants for dry soil, shade and more.

A New Look at Natural Weed Control

Weed blasting is a new method of natural weed control currently being tested by the US Department of Agriculture. Learn the basics about this method that could help reduce back-breaking work and improve soil health.

5 Tips for Gardening with Pets

Gardening and pets don’t always mix. These five simple tips will help you enjoy gardening and quality time with your furry friend, at the same time.

Growing Your Own Food: Tips for a Sustainable Homestead

For anyone who attempts to start their own homestead, there will be hurdles to overcome. Keep these five simple tips in mind when it comes to growing your own food, raising livestock and transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Garden Gear

Get ready for planting and picking with fun, useful garden gear.

Plants to Know: Invasive, Exotic and Native Species

Knowing if a plant is invasive, exotic, or native can save you a lot of time and trouble in your garden. In this article, Master Gardener, Stephanie Montalvo will explain the differences and give you tools to figure out if a plant is good or bad for your garden.

Hydroponics in the Office, Post 2

The office hydroponics system has taken off and is producing food quite rapidly, prompting an investigation into the pros and cons of hydroponic vegetable growing versus conventional gardening.

8 Tips for Easy Gardening

For those of us interested in living a sustainable and simple lifestyle, gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of healthy, fresh food and avoid the impacts of industrial agriculture. Get tips that will make gardening easy.

Hydroponics in the Office, Post 1

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.

How to Start a Compost Bin

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.

5 Favorite Handmade Gift Shops

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.

Battling the Elements in Your Garden

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.

DIY Composting for the Savvy Home Gardener

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.

The Benefits of Neem Oil for the Garden

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!

Worm's Way Launches New Website

The set launch of Worm’s Way Group’s new website promises improved usability, more speed and exclusive web-based promotions.

Guidelines for Guerrilla Gardening

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.

It Will Never Rain Roses: 6 Spring Gardening Tips

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!

How to Care for Air Plants

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.

Self-Reliant Gardening Tips for Spring

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.

How to Grow Citrus Trees from Seed

Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.

Gardening with Children in the Summertime

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!)

Portulaca Oleracea: Growing Garden Purslane

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!

Building Fairy Gardens For Kids

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.

Get Kids Gardening with Vertical Garden Kits

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.

Small-Space Garden Projects

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

DIY: Easy, Homemade Terrariums

One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.

Future of Urban Gardening

The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.

How to Build a Container Water Garden

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!

Foeniculum Vulgare: Try Your Hand at Fennel

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.

3 Tips for Small-Space Gardening

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.

Grow Fragrant Perennial Flowers

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.

USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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.

Growing a Lemon Tree at Home

This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.

Getting to the Root of the Burdock Plant

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.

Gardening with Disabilities: Horticultural Therapy

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.

Gardening With Disabilities: Jump-Start Seedlings Indoors

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.

A Beginner's Herb Garden

One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.

Handling Nettle Without the Sting

Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.

Gardening Ideas: Planning Your Garden 101

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.

Growing Tarragon in your 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.

Recommendations for a Lazy Gardener?

In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.

Gardening Tips: Easy Indoor Compost

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.

Gearing Up For Spring Gardening

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.

Grow Parsley for Your Spring Garden

Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.

Reader Gardening Advice: Growing Thyme

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.

Green Your Life: Adventures in Container Gardening

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.

Bringing the Herb Garden Indoors

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.

DeLoach Vineyards: Biodynamic Farming and Horn Silica Prep 501

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.

Pet-Friendly Lawns and Gardens

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.

How To: Grow Lavender Plants

This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.

Grow Your Own Garlic

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.

Make Your Own Compost Bin

Making your own compost bin is simple. Compost bins are great for disposing kitchen scraps to make fresh, rich compost for your garden.

Gardening Rookie: Tomato Trouble

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.

Product Review: EasyBloom

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.

DIY: Compost Tea

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.

Gardening Rookie: Starting Containers

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.

Guerilla Gardening: Operation Grand Tomato

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.

7 Tips for Everyday Outdoor Gardening, Part 3

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.

What is a Localvore?

Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Product Review: Prepara Power Plant Mini

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 ...

Kitchen Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

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

When Aphids Attack

"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!

Top 8 Gardening Products For Fall: Pt. 2

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.  

Top 8 Gardening Products for Fall: Pt.1

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.

Open a Can of Worms

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 …

BIODOME! (sans Pauly Shore)

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! 

Your Fungus Gnats Are Showing!

Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants?  Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.

But It's the Pelvic (Stool) Thrust ...

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.

Attack of the Killer Tea-Bag

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.

Product Review: has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle.  Read my review of how these kits "stack up".

A Gathering of People Who Love Plants

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.

Basil Discovery

One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.