Garden
Green Roofs for Multiple Environmental Benefits

Green Roofs for Multiple Environmental Benefits

Green roofs are also known as living roofs – these two names may give you an idea of what they involve. In essence green roofs are gardens grown on a roof that can take a diversity of forms and functions. The benefits of green roofs are many; they can help insulate a building leading to...
How to Grow Garlic from a Clove

How to Grow Garlic from a Clove

Garlic has long been used for its medicinal qualities as well as for its pungent taste and distinct flavor. Long known as a “poor man’s medicine” this hearty plant was available for the masses during the Roman empire and was the used to help improve the immune system and ward off disease. Today, potent garlic...
What is a Woodland Garden?

What is a Woodland Garden?

If you have a problematic set of trees in your yard or property that you simply don’t know what to do with, go with a positive mode of thinking and “make the problem the solution” and make those trees into part of a shade-loving garden. The trees will naturally provide mulch and shade to the...
What is a Physic Garden?

What is a Physic Garden?

Surely you have heard of a botanical garden, and maybe you’ve roamed around the sanctuary like place seeing and smelling the different flora and fauna carefully cared for and studied by public and botanists alike. Yet did you know that the first known botanical garden, in fact was a physic garden? What is a physic...
What is a Botanical Garden?

What is a Botanical Garden?

Gardens are places of practicality, beauty and even used as status symbols. Botanical gardens are distinctly special in that they are meant to be places of education and study as well as a place to for preservation, all within a natural and beautiful setting. In botanical gardens, different ecosystems and plant species are showcased from...
How to Grow Catnip

How to Grow Catnip

Catnip affects both humans and cats, although quite differently. As you probably know, your little feline pet probably goes a little crazy when exposed to catnip, and is specifically reacting to the oils found within the plant. This same oil also has medicinal properties that can help humans with a variety of ailments. Generally catnip...
Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

Medicinal Plants and Their Uses

You’ve heard the adage that “food is medicine”. This alludes to ancient holistic health practices, like the Indian Ayurveda, which prescribed different diets for different types of people, with a goal of maintaining an optimal energetic balance for the practitioner. Food can also be understood as preventative medicine, the idea being that when we maintain...
Drying Herbs at Home

Drying Herbs at Home

Herbs can be used for a variety of purposes: as culinary flavoring, adding spice and depth to meals, or as medicine to treat or prevent common ailments. Having a home medicine chest of medicinal plants is extremely useful and growing ones own herbs and preserving them for later use past their normal expiration time are...
Growing Herbs Indoors: Beginners' Guide

Growing Herbs Indoors: Beginners’ Guide

If you use herbs, either medicinally, or as food, or both, but either don’t have the available space  or climate to do so outdoors, growing herbs indoors may be right for you. Indoor gardening allows you to tightly control your growing environment to a degree where you could coax even fussy plants to grow by...
Canning Pickles is Easy

Canning Pickles is Easy

Pickling is a wide-ranging and widely-practiced form of food preservation. When we pickle whole foods, such as produce like cucumbers, or other garden vegetables, or fish, or meats (like pork), we take the bounty of summer months and save it, extending the availability of those perishable goods into the seasons when such food is unavailable...
The Neem Plant: Multiple Benefits, Naturally

The Neem Plant: Multiple Benefits, Naturally

Neem is a useful plant. It’s an evergreen tree endemic to the Indian subcontinent and distributed throughout tropical ecosystems. Neem oil, the most notable derivative of the plant, is made from pressing the fruits and seeds of the plant. Neem oil has been used in India traditionally in Ayurvedic medicinal practice to treat a variety...
Why Do Trees Lose Their Leaves?

Why Do Trees Lose Their Leaves?

Piles of leaves are either a chore to clean up or a pleasure to jump into, depending who you are. Each fall, leaves throughout the world turn bright orange, red and yellows displaying the best of fall colors before losing their leaves and scattering the ground with a natural multch. It’s a natural pattern that...