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The 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow in your garden

Use this handy Vegetable Cheat Sheet as your guide<p>Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to help the environment and also save some …

Gardening

Now Anyone Can Build Ikea’s Experimental Garden

A few months ago, Ikea’s innovation lab Space10 released a garden structure called the Growroom. Aimed for neighborhood use by city dwellers who don’t have backyards, the spherical wooden planter is meant to be a way to grow food locally and sustainably.<p>On Friday, Space10 published the entire set …

Indoors or Out: Tips for Creating a Vertical Garden

Remember when vertical gardens first hit the scene? They were <i>glorious</i>, but they all seemed to require access to a 20-story building, an impossibly …

10 Ways to Style Your Very Own Vegetable Garden

I’m convinced that growing things is good for the soul. So when you’re considering what you plant and pour your love and effort into, you have to …

How to Create a Greenhouse in a Tiny Space

If you’ve got a green thumb, or if you WISH you had a green thumb, you’ve likely seen gorgeous glass greenhouses and wished you could have just a …

The Seven Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginner Gardeners

You don't need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables right in your backyard or balcony. Whether you're a gardening novice or just want …

Gardening

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 …

Turn Your Urban Backyard Into An Edible Ecosystem Guaranteed To Attract Women

Or just grow food. But when Food Forest Farm’s Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates were looking to meet the ladies, they did it by creating a magical urban garden.<p>Ten years ago, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates were just two guys living in the country, running a mail-order seed company while …

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

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.

The Urban Gardener: Indoor Window Garden Inspiration

Love gardening, but short on outdoor space? Below you'll find some inspiration for planting indoors — all you need is a window.<p><b>BOTTOM ROW</b><br>6. Ship & …

Outdoor Spaces

Garden Design Dilemmas: The Rectangular Urban Garden

I have the quintessential urban backyard: compact, rectangular and narrow. It's a very common layout for city homes, yet years ago when I was trying …

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 Color-Coded Chart Helps You Pick the Most Nutritious Produce

If you're looking to get more of a specific vitamin or mineral in your diet, or you're wondering what types of produce will help you get which types …

Nutrition

Thank you to all the fans that share our posts and all the admins that post great info! Sustainable living and Authentic people! Garden on! ~ Stephanie

Jenny Keller just sent her new garden pictures. Wonderful job! Here's my new garden, I have a system I got from a friend to try out for school it has strawberries, collards, and sugar snap, the raised bed has cukes, raz and blue berry, squash, more sugar snap, and tomatoes, then my recycle bin is being recycled into my pepper planter, they are last years, but it didn't freeze here in fl over the winter, so they are still going strong. I planted some watermelon in my "back 40" the back of my one acre yard. :)

Angela Thomas Jacques posted her garden pictures ! WOW First time with raised garden beds, 5 beds in all.... tomatoes- yellow pear, roma, mr stripy, beef steak, zuchinni, cucumber, green beans, 8 different kinds of pepper plants, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, palmento, egg plant, cilantro, celery, spinach, radishes, carrots, and 4 baby maple tree saplings. All in my front yard.

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 …

Megan Gilbert started getting her veggie beds ready they are made with alders. Great job Megan! ~ Stephanie

10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens from Around the World

Guerrilla gardening has been used for ages as a means of protest, a way to beautify a neighborhood, cultivate food, and build community. It's often …

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 …

The Ultimate DIY Container Garden

Perhaps you remember I told you I grew up on a farm. Well, big things are happening there this spring (in very small packages).<p>The real brains of our …

Three Minutes to Your Best Garden Yet

It may still be a bit chilly, but spring is on the way, and that means it's time to start planning your garden. From our video archives, here are …

A raised garden for my in-laws in Vegas

This past summer I was visiting my in-laws and decided to build them a few garden boxes. My nephew helped me and we had lots of fun putting them …

The best way to garden...

I have been so happy with my garden over the past year. I am trying to share it with others and I use pinterest to share my blog posts. If you got to …