Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Mini greenhouse in Joe Truini's backyard

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse from a Soda Bottle

Creating a mini greenhouse is the perfect way to balance spring planting with Mother Nature's harsh temperatures. Watch this video to learn how to make one!

How to Grow Vegetables Year-Round

Specially designed for year-round, indoor gardening.
Fresh Basil Cutting Board

How to Harvest Basil from Your Garden and Use it at Home

Mid-summer is the perfect time to reap the benefits of your herb garden. Read on to learn how to harvest basil, use it and preserve it.

10 Edible Flowers to Grow, Cook and Eat

Want to wow your guests at cookouts this summer? Then try serving up your meals with edible flowers! There are many edible flowers that make great additions to your favorite recipes, from garnishes to seasonings to the main course. Read on to find out more.
Holding a bunch of fresh herbs

How to Air-Dry Fresh Herbs

Air-drying is the easiest and most economical way to preserve fresh herbs for use all year. If you bought a bag of fresh herbs and only used a leaf or two in a recipe, or if you've got a large end-of-season herb harvest, read on to find out how to air-dry and preserve your herbs for lasting use.
Pesto in bowl

Summer’s First Pesto Sauce!

My herb garden has taken off this summer, with basil leading the way. It seems like I had just planted the little green and purple basil seedlings; but pretty soon they were bushy, tall, and it was time to make the first pesto of the season! Read on to find out more.
Red flowers on bee balm herb plants

How to Grow an Herb Garden

If you're new to gardening, one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to get started is by growing herbs. Herbs are easy to grow, and it's quite satisfying to add snippets of fresh herbs to your cooking. Read on to find out how to grow herbs in your yard.
Basil growing near tomatoes in a container garden.

Does Planting Basil Near Tomato Plants Repel Insects?

“I read somewhere that if you plant basil with tomatoes, it will repel insects and make the tomatoes taste better. Is there any truth to that?”

While there’s little scientific evidence, basil is thought to be a natural deterrent for several insect pests. Read on to find out more.
Herb plant

Annual and Perennial Herbs for Your Garden

When planning an herb garden, it's important to keep in mind the growing habits of each plant. Some herbs are annuals, some are perennials, and others form small evergreen shrubs that live for years. Read on to find out which herbs to plant in your garden.