Natural bug repellent: 11 Herbs and flowers that deter mosquitoes

Natural bug repellent: 11 Herbs and flowers that deter mosquitoes

Thankfully, you can keep your home garden mosquito-free by planting natural insect-repellent plants.Planting herbs and flowers that mosquitoes hate is a better alternative, especially since they don’t contain harmful chemicals like certain brands of insect spray.

Nature therapy as a lifestyle intervention offers many benefits

Nature therapy as a lifestyle intervention offers many benefits

Also called “green medicine,” its sub-disciplines include: Adventure therapy Animal-assisted therapy (also known as pet therapy) Blue care (therapy that uses “blue space” or outdoor water environments) Ecotherapy Forest bathing (immersing oneself in the ambiance of the forest) Green exercise (conducting physical workouts in a natural environment) Nature meditation Botanical, floral, and herbal nutrition Therapeutic gardening Wilderness immersion Nature therapy is slowly but surely finding its place in healthcare as a lifestyle intervention that provides many health benefits to patients.

Growing, Propagating and Using Aloe Vera

Growing, Propagating and Using Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a succulent perennial evergreen plant that originates in the arid, hot climate of the Arabian Peninsula, which means it is ideally suited for dry, semi-desert conditions, and does very well with frugal watering.

Planting ‘Forest Gardens’ Can Promote a More Sustainable Food System

Planting ‘Forest Gardens’ Can Promote a More Sustainable Food System

In a natural ecosystem, there are several layers of plant growth, starting with tall trees at the top, with shorter trees, medium and low shrubs, root crops, climbing plants and low-lying ground cover underneath. Home gardens will also benefit from cover crops, helping to improve the soil, attract beneficial insects and capture more sunlight (energy).

How to Grow Eggplant

How to Grow Eggplant

A sterile seed planting mix will give your eggplants the best chance of survival4 and allow you to blend ingredients to amend the medium you’re working with, such as bark, a coconut fiber called coir and vermiculite.5 Avoid synthetic fertilizer.

A Guide to Growing Spinach

A Guide to Growing Spinach

1 Spinach is an annual edible flowering plant that may grow to 12 inches high with leaves up to 6 inches wide. Malabar spinach may provide you with a harvest of spinach throughout the summer and fall months until the plant begins to bloom, which changes the taste of the leaves.

A Guide to Growing Zucchini

A Guide to Growing Zucchini

If you plant zucchini close to each other, you'll have flowers opening on any given day, which improves your chances of pollination and an abundant crop. Check your plants every day for new fruit, as they grow quickly.

Benefits of Growing Blackberries

Benefits of Growing Blackberries

Extended harvesting, longer growing season and thornless varieties make cultivated plants more enticing if you are adding blackberries to your garden. Although the health benefits of blackberries go beyond anthocyanins, it also wise to remember the fruit contains fructose.

What Are the Benefits and Uses of Safflower?

What Are the Benefits and Uses of Safflower?

1 The name is believed to be derived from the medieval French word “saffleur,” or from the Old Italian word “saffiore.” 2 It is identified by its strong central stems that can grow from 12 to 36 inches tall, and branches that produce one to five yellow or orange flower heads that bloom in late July.

Your Guide for Growing Okra

Your Guide for Growing Okra

Red colored okra include Red Velvet, Burgundy and Bowling Red. If you're looking for an oversized vegetable, try the Perkins Mammoth long pod maturing in 60 days and growing to a height of 6 to 10 feet.

Build Better Health by Growing Your Own Food

Build Better Health by Growing Your Own Food

Other commonly sprouted beans, nuts, seeds and grains include: Another plant that is easy to grow that has many valuable health benefits is fennel.

The Apothecary Garden: Elderberry, The Wise Elder of Plants

The Apothecary Garden: Elderberry, The Wise Elder of Plants

Another wonderful way to enjoy elder medicine is elderberry syrup or elixir, made with a strong decoction of the fruit, brandy and honey.

How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Although Sweet Alyssum is best known for the fragrant white-flowered type, the plant does come in a variety of other colors as shown in this short video, including:10 Planting and Caring for Your Hardy Annual Sweet Alyssum Flower