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DIY Vertical Garden Kit: Just Add Water (and a Wall)

No space is too small for a vertical garden. All you need is a wall and a plan.<p>For a plan, we recently visited Paxton Gate, the famously quirky store …

DIY: An Easy Way to Grow Celery from Its Root

Only recently have I begun to appreciate the celery stalk—adding it to soups and grinding it down into a salt—as my new kitchen secret for adding …

Swiss chard: harvest, wait ten days, repeat...

I planted swiss chard from seed in my winter garden and it is fairly low maintenance. I don’t harvest it as much as I could, I just grow a lot of …

You Can Do It! First-Time Vegetable Gardening for the Black-Thumbed

Some of you may feel like no matter what you try to grow, it dies. Too much water, not enough water, too much sun, too much shade, or… it just dies …

7 Reasons to Become a Gentleman Gardener | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Porter.</i><p>With warm weather upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about gardening. …

This is a planter that Stephanie helped make last fall. She gave it to me for Christmas. This spring, we moved it to a nice location in my yard and filled it. This last weekend, I started planting it with herbs. This will now be the most fragrant corner of my yard thanks to the herbs in the planter and the flora surrounding it.

7 Benefits of Basil Native to India and Asia where it has been cultivated for at least five thousand years, basil is a highly fragrant plant used for seasoning throughout the world, from Vietnam to India and Italy. The name "basil" comes from the ancient Greek word basilikohn, meaning "royal," revealing the nobility the ancients saw in the herb. There are many varieties of basil, all a bit different in appearance and taste. Whereas sweet basil is bright and pungent, other varieties offer flavors of their own: lemon basil, anise basil and cinnamon basil all have tastes befitting their names. Cardiovascular Benefits Basil is rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A. Beta-carotene is an even more potent antioxidant than regular vitamin A, as it not only protects cells from free radical damage, but also aids in keeping free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream. By not oxidizing, cholesterol does not build up on blood vessel walls, avoiding atherosclerosis and a heart attack. Basil is also a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health by relaxing muscles and blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering the risk of irregular heart rhythms and cardiovascular spasms. Cancer Prevention Basil is known to have powerful antioxidant properties. The natural antioxidants found in basil can protect the body against damage from free radicals, thereby combating most forms of cancer. Basil also contains flavonoids, which protect cell structures from radiation and oxygen-based damage. Basil is a rich source of beta-carotene, which helps protect cells from free radical damage. Skin and Hair Health When used as a skin and hair moisturizer, the essential oils of basil enhance the luster of dull looking skin and hair. Basil is also effective in treating acne and psoriasis. Bone and Connective Tissue The essential oil of basil contains a liquid called eugenol, which can inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase, an enzyme which causes swelling in joints and bones among other places. Aspirin and ibuprofen work by blocking the same enzyme. This enzyme-inhibiting power makes basil an anti-inflammatory food that can heal and give relief for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Digestive Tract Health The enzyme-inhibiting effect of the eugenol in basil certifies basil as an anti-inflammatory food providing important healing benefits as well as relief from inflammatory bowel conditions. It can also provide immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines, treat constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion and flatulence. Anti-Bacterial The essential oil of basil has been shown to provide impressive protection against unwanted bacterial growth of many types, including the ability to inhibit several species that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs. Studies have shown that washing produce in a solution containing just 1% essential oil of basil resulted in killing such bacteria, so it makes good sense to include basil in salads. Immune System Evidence shows that the antioxidants and volatile oils in basil make it of great assistance to the immune system. The leaves and oil both have antibacterial properties, and can even be used to eliminate infectious diseases from surfaces. Applied topically to wounds, basil leaves may eliminate bacterial infections, while enjoying basil in food can help combat viral infections, including colds, flu, and herpes

Windowsill Gardening on the Cheap: Vintage-Style Tin Herb Gardens

I stumbled on the idea of using tea tins for a mini container garden the other day when looking around for an attractive option that would fit on my …

Start Saving Used Coffee Grounds! Here Are All The Things They Can Do For Your Garden

Composting with Coffee Grounds<p>Old coffee grounds are one of the best ways to add nitrogen to your compost pile, which is often a lacking element in …

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping reaches an audience of 30+ million each month. In addition to the magazine brand, the Good Housekeeping Institute is the consumer …

How to Grow Broccoli

Broccoli is a perennial garden favorite, and no wonder: it’s fairly easy for the home gardener to grow, can be planted in either the spring or fall, …

Organic Soil Amendment 101

What is soil amendment, and do you need it? Soil amendment is when material is added to soil to enhance its properties, such as retaining water or …

10 Best-Ever Burgers for Memorial Day

With Memorial Day around the corner, it’s time to start grilling. Here are 10 juicy, delicious burger recipes to celebrate the unofficial start of …

Plant a seed, grow a garden, change a life!

Make nutrition the main consideration in selecting crops.<p>Aim to improve existing meals and snacks, rather than introducing completely new ones.<p>Start …

Cooking Guide For Veggie-Lovers (Infographic)

If you're making the transition to a plant-based diet, you may find that it's difficult to alter not only your eating habits, but also your cooking …

Instagram: Inside jewelry design studios

JEWELRY SEE<p><b>We love a peek inside designers' workspaces and with inspiration moodboards, rough sketches of new pieces and raw gemstones scattered on</b> …

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