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 Reasons to Plant a Burning Bush

Although burning bushes are non-native and invasive, when cared for properly these versatile plants can add interest to garden landscapes.

Healing Gardens

Therapeutic horticulture emphasizes connection with nature to promote physical and mental health. Here are a few examples of healing landscapes across the country.

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.

Identifying Garden Pests

Learn how to recognize the mark of several common garden pests by identifying paw prints, bite marks and holes in your plants.

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.

Bolted Vegetable Flower Arrangements

Just because your garden’s gotten away from you, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Learn how to use the flowers from your overgrown veggie garden around the house.

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.

DIY Soda Bottle Seed-Starters

Save money and plastic consumption by repurposing old soda bottles into containers and greenhouses for your seedlings.

How to Start a Mini Backyard Orchard

Growing a variety of fruit trees doesn’t require a ton of space, and can be accomplished in an average-sized backyard with the right skill set.

7 Best Plants to Start from Seed

While it may be tempting to buy that pretty, already-in-bloom flower from your local greenhouse’s sale, starting plants from seed is a more gratifying and less expensive way to garden.

Which Garden Herb Are You?

Are you cheery calendula, wise sage or romantic rosemary? Take our fun personality quiz below to find out!

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.

7 Flowers That Look Great All Summer Long

Cultivate a bright, cheery and unique garden in your own backyard. There’s only one catch: What happens when your colorful plants stop blooming? Learn more about seven flowers that will keep their colorful blooms all season long.

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.

Adventures at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Part 2

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.

The Importance of Organic Sunscreen

Don't forget to protect your skin this summer! Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus discusses the importance of organic sunscreen for summertime enjoyment.

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.

The Herb Shop Owners Who Inspired Me to Start My Blog

In the summer of 2008, one guest blogger started reading Rosemary’s Sampler, an herb blog by two of her two favorite sisters from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to start writing her own blog: Lemon Verbena Lady’s Herb Garden.

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!)

The Herbal Artist: 3 Flowers for Skin Care

Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.

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!

Homemade Baby Food Recipes

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.

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.

5 Herb Container Garden Favorites

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.

Toxic Chemicals Found in Gardening Products

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.

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

Herb Catalogs: Ready, Set, and Plant Those Herbs, Part 1

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!

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.

Garden Giveaway: Grow Parsley, the Butterfly Magnet

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!

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.

Garden Giveaway: Grow Chives From Seed

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!

A Reader’s Request: The Herbs of Shakespeare, Act One

A reader's request leads Lemon Verbena Lady into exploring the works of William Shakespeare for some of the herbal flowers and herbs of Elizabethan England. There is so much that there had to be a second act.

The New Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior

The new Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior, a smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg, makes picking dinner from the garden easy.

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.

Garden Inspiration: Pinterest Finds

Don’t let winter get you down! Look ahead to warmer months and find some garden inspiration with these beautiful garden images.

Herb Seed Catalogs Mark the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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.

Angelica Sinensis: The Science Behind Dong Quai

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.

Weed & Water Wednesday: A Favorite Desert Garden

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!

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.

Potted Herb Plants: The Easy Gift that Keeps on Giving

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.

Growing Herbs in Texas: Replant Herb Beds This Fall

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.

Soup Season: Carrot Soup

Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.

Good Pizza Parlors in the Seattle Area

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.

A Mutant Grows in Kansas: Update

K.C. Compton hones in on the mystery of what variety sunflower is reaching for the sky in her back yard. And also sends kind wishes to the swallowtail butterfly who destroyed her parsley plant.

Growing Campari Tomatoes

Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore grows Campari tomatoes in her Utah garden.

Garden Giveaway: It's Time for Four O’Clock Flowers

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.

The Herb Channeler's Adventures with Jekka McVicar

The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.

How To Use Arugula From Your Garden

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.

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.

Decorate Your Outdoors!

It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.

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.

Growing Dill From Seed

Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!

Grow Chervil this Spring

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.

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.

Place a Time Lapse Camera in your Garden

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!    

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.

Addicted to the Herb Garden Planner

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.

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.

Cute Find: Herbie Ornaments

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.

Make Strawberry and Lavender Soup

Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.

Build a Double-Barrel Herb Garden

This weekend project is perfect for the herb gardener with limited space. It gives more surface area for the herbs to spill from, a lot more soil to hold nutrients and water, and root room for all the extra herbs.

Bitter Wormwood: Growing Artemisia Absinthium

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.

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.

Growing Luffa Cylindrica: It's More Than Just a Sponge

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!

How To: Save Your Seeds

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.

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.

Growing Fashionable Sage from Hort Couture

One of my favorite herbs from Hort Couture is Salvia officinalis ‘La Crema’, a fragrant, variegated sage that is currently thriving in my Zone 6 garden. Learn more about this brand with style.

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: Farm-Fresh Eggs

Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.

Grow Dill 'Dukat' From Seed

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.

Protect Garden From Deer with a Plant Tonic

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.

Gardening With Herbs Near The Sutter Buttes

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.

Herb Conference in Tennessee: Day One

This year, The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members is being held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

FAQ: Growing Chinese Lantern Plants (Physalis alkekengi)

The Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi), also known as the winter cherry, enjoys a library of culinary and medicinal benefits. Here are the answers to some of the questions you have asked about growing this incredible species.