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Need Privacy? DIY Garden Privacy Ideas

Most of us have wished for a little more privacy in our yards and gardens…unless you live on acreage, chances are you have a neighbor just a little …

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 …

How to Grow the Ultimate Salad Bowl

comments (0) June 10th, 2013<p><b>Jodi Torpey</b>, contributor<p>5 users recommend<p>I know I'm not the only gardener to fall for a vegetable just by looking at its …

Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that is one of the more common plant diseases that many home vegetable gardeners will experience. Powdery mildew …

Maria S.C. single test tubes chandelier / lamp / // vase / floral decoration

Maria S.C. chandelier is made from laboratory test tubes, set in two plywood bands. This surprising material and geometric shape makes this lamp both classic and innovative. The double glass cylinder recalls Art Deco forms in a unique contemporary way. The use of ready-made objects gives an …

Squeeze in a Little Green: More Ideas for Small Space Gardens

• There's also under the stairs, of course. Courtesy of BMStudio.<br>• Barreau & Charbonnet created these window vegetable gardens, perfect for dense urban …

Why Having Earthworms In Your Garden Could Save You a Lot of Grief

Have a vegetable garden? Then you should hopefully have earthworms. A <i>lot</i> of earthworms. You may already know earthworms are the great transformers of …

Build Your Own Raised Garden Beds In Less Time Than You Think

DIY bloggers Chris and Julia Marcum (of Chris Loves Julia) finally got to working on a project they've been meaning to for years (hey, we've all been …

Modern Garden: White Pots & Planters

I have a couple pairs of white pants that I always look forward to pulling out of the closet right around Memorial Day. Inspired by my love of white …

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

Growing Herbs in Windowboxes

comments (16) August 6th, 2008<p>50 users recommend<p>by Frédérique Lavoipierre<br>April 1998<br>from issue #14<p>The sun set hours ago, and a steady, cold rain is …

Herbs for Tea

comments (8) March 29th, 2012<p><b>susan belsinger</b>, contributor<p>14 users recommend<p>Here is a list of favorite herbs for tea. You can plant these in a garden …

DIY: A Tiny Tabletop Garden for Mother’s Day

How cute are tiny succulents? They’re more like pets than plants, with their eager expressions and those pillowy leaves you can’t resist touching.<p>On …

How to Make the Most of Your Urban Garden (Hint: Use the Roof Too)

Sometimes Brooklyn-based landscape designers Marni and Eric Majorelle of Alive Structures have to be salespeople for native plants, to convince …

Green Roofs

Western Red Cedar Garden Stakes

I’m really trying hard to become an expert plant-identifier. But until that day comes, I could use the help of gentle reminders. These garden stakes …

Landscaping

Cool to Creepy: 6 Toys Turned Planters

On your next garage sale excursion, you might want to keep an eye out for old toys. It doesn't matter if they're broken, because you won't be playing …

Thrifting

10 Tips for a Simplified Garden, to Grow More With Less

It has been more than three years since I last wrote about My Neighbor Bea, a person who has persuaded her family (including her husband, Scott, her …

Zero Waste

Martha's Vegetable Garden Tips

A passionate and accomplished gardener, Martha's sharing her tried-and-true tips for a successful vegetable harvest, from seeds to summer's end.<p>Watch Martha start her vegetable garden on Facebook LIVE -- Tuesday May 17 at 10am EST.

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Gardening Trend - Home gardens are up

I found this cool graphic showing how “growing your own” is trending. Most older people can remember working in a garden as a child, or at least a …

A Healthy Garden With Half the Work

Gardening season is almost upon us, but if you're dreading the thought of weekends spent mowing, pruning, and weeding, we've got some ideas to help you get the most from your greenery for less work.<p>Gardening season is almost upon us, but if you're dreading the thought of weekends spent mowing, …

Here is a spacing chart for your use. Each square represents 12" x 12" ... so for example, this chart represents that 1 broccoli plant should be planted in a 12" x 12" area.

Seed Starting Strategies

comments (9) February 18th, 2009<p>21 users recommend<p>After New Year’s revelry is over and winter’s moodiness sets in, spirits sometimes sag, but when …

Gardening

Steel Garden Markers, Garden Stake, Plant Marker, Veggie, Fruit, Herb

If you do not see your particular design listed, please convo us. We also have 100's of designs that we have not listed.<p>One of the things we enjoy most in our yard is growing our own food. The most frustrating part? Forgetting what you planted. We made these markers for our garden and for others to …

Florafelt Vertical Garden Guide

Our Florafelt vertical garden guide gives you an overview of how to design and build your own living wall. Includes: specs, installation types from …

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 …

What to do in your garden in June

Five Easy Steps For Creating a Garden Border:No Experience Necessary - Urban Gardens

<b>I just found out about Garden on a Roll, a mail-order DIY garden border kit available in the UK that offers a choice of ten ornamental styles,</b> …

How to Create an Indoor-Outdoor Spa Sanctuary - Urban Gardens

<i>Photo via our Pinterest page.</i><p><b>Imagine what it would be like to have an indoor-outdoor spa sanctuary, a place of peace and harmony, where the interior</b> …