6 Ways to Add a Touch of Wildness to Your Garden

Even if you’re not an avid gardener, you may have noticed a shift in garden design in recent years. Gone are the perfectly manicured designs of the past—now, wilder, more naturalistic gardens like the High Line in New York City or the Lurie Garden in C…

Even if you’re not an avid gardener, you may have noticed a shift in garden design in recent years. Gone are the perfectly manicured designs of the past—now, wilder, more naturalistic gardens like the High Line in New York City or the Lurie Garden in Chicago are en vogue, and if you love the look of these wild gardens, you should definitely check out WILD: The Naturalistic Garden, a new book by Noel Kingsbury.

The new title gives home gardeners a comprehensive overview of this relatively new approach to planting, featuring more than 40 stunning gardens. (It’s honestly worth buying for the photographs alone!) A lot of the featured gardens are from England—Kingsbury’s home country—and northern Europe, but there are also designs from around the world, including a drought-resistant Australian garden and a northern California coastal garden. The gardeners featured in his book have created landscapes that not only look more natural, but are more biodiverse and filled with native plants that benefit wildlife and environment, too.

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How to Clean All of Your Most-Used Summer Gear

Summer is prime time for outdoor activities, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you spend every possible weekend hanging by the pool, lounging on the beach, or riding down the bike path with friends and family—after all, New England summers ar…

Summer is prime time for outdoor activities, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you spend every possible weekend hanging by the pool, lounging on the beach, or riding down the bike path with friends and family—after all, New England summers are fleeting, so I have to make the most of the nice weather! There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the summer, but a lot of these seasonal activities require special gear and, in turn, special gear requires special cleaning.

After a long day of fun in the sun, you probably don’t want to think about cleaning. (Personally, it’s never one of my favorite topics to dwell on.) However, it’s important to wash your gear properly if you want it to be in top shape for summers to come. After, lawn chairs, pool toys, coolers and more are all prone to mold, mildew, unsavory odors and deterioration if they’re left dirty. The good news? Most of these items are truly easy to clean—here’s what you’ll want to do to get them looking like new.

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Patio Furniture Ideas For Small Spaces With Big Style

The official start of spring means shoving all things related to cold weather like boots, scarves, and flannel sheets into the back of your closet for a solid seven months and ~springing~ into the new season ASAP.

One of the best parts about this time…

The official start of spring means shoving all things related to cold weather like boots, scarves, and flannel sheets into the back of your closet for a solid seven months and ~springing~ into the new season ASAP.

One of the best parts about this time of year is being able to enjoy your patio (or deck, or balcony, or porch), whether you’re out there plugging away at e-mails or kicking back with friends on the weekends. Even if your outdoor space is small, it's easy to make it ultra functional with space-saving, multipurpose pieces that can be stacked, folded up, or even brought inside to double as living room furniture.

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What Is a Garden Window? A Plant Lover’s Dream.

Since the onset of the pandemic two years ago, people have turned their attention to their homes like never before, and in the process, discovered houseplants. If you follow “plantfluencers” such as @houseplantjournal and @hiltoncarter, it’s also not n…

Since the onset of the pandemic two years ago, people have turned their attention to their homes like never before, and in the process, discovered houseplants. If you follow “plantfluencers” such as @houseplantjournal and @hiltoncarter, it’s also not new to you that millennials have been at the forefront of this trend, even before the pandemic. Millennials are plant parents who know their stuff, and according to this study, making sure that plants get enough sunlight is their number one concern. No light, no photosynthesis, no plant growth…it’s that simple.

In many homes—large or small—bright, sunny spots where plants thrive are precious real estate. Sure, you can install overhead grow lights, but they take up additional space, and they’re not exactly a stylish addition to your living space. That’s where garden windows come in.

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20 Small Garden Ideas to Steal for Your Own Space

Sprawling gardens are beautiful to behold, but they certainly are a lot of work. In some ways, a smaller footprint for a garden is a helpful thing, because it forces you to be creative with the space you have, and the payoff is even bigger when you’re …

Sprawling gardens are beautiful to behold, but they certainly are a lot of work. In some ways, a smaller footprint for a garden is a helpful thing, because it forces you to be creative with the space you have, and the payoff is even bigger when you’re able to transform it into your dream outdoor space.

Look to the walls, the fence, and any little scrap of yard to maximize your small garden space—be it a tiny city balcony, a quaint suburban backyard, or just a small side yard in need of some greenery.

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How to Kill Weeds Naturally—for Real

Every year between April and June, I go on a weed-killing mission to eradicate garlic mustard. I pull every one of these noxious, highly invasive weeds I can my hands on, and yank them out. Getting garlic mustard,—or any weed for that matter—under cont…

Every year between April and June, I go on a weed-killing mission to eradicate garlic mustard. I pull every one of these noxious, highly invasive weeds I can my hands on, and yank them out. Getting garlic mustard,—or any weed for that matter—under control is an incremental process requiring elbow grease, a tool or two, and persistence.

However, because more and more homeowners and gardeners are trying to steer clear of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicide products), they're turning to natural alternatives. And while there are tons of DIY formulas online, it’s not necessarily a great idea to mix up your own. Read on for for a little debunking, as well as other ways you can kill weeds naturally and safely. Oh, and how you can prevent weeds from growing in your yard in the first place, of course.

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Think Gardening Only Happens in Spring? Think Again.

“Have you planted your garden yet?” is a question I frequently get in the spring. It always puzzles me, because to supply you and your family with fresh produce all season long, planting a garden is not a one-time thing, it’s an ongoing activity. For e…

“Have you planted your garden yet?” is a question I frequently get in the spring. It always puzzles me, because to supply you and your family with fresh produce all season long, planting a garden is not a one-time thing, it’s an ongoing activity. For example, to be able to harvest your own lettuce from spring through fall, you need to seed a small amount at regular intervals—about every two to four weeks.

Even in ideal weather conditions and with the best possible care, garden crops can fail. The more you diversify what you plant, and the more you spread it out over the gardening season, the better. It’s similar to smart investing, where a diversified portfolio is less likely to turn you bankrupt.

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Yes, You Can Store Tulip Bulbs Till Fall—But Should You?

There are so many beautiful flowers, but we humans certainly have a special relationship with tulips. And when we love something, we want to hold on to it for as long as possible. After the tulips have finished blooming, we want to see them bloom again…

There are so many beautiful flowers, but we humans certainly have a special relationship with tulips. And when we love something, we want to hold on to it for as long as possible. After the tulips have finished blooming, we want to see them bloom again the year after… and the year after that.

In locations with cold winters, tulip bulbs can stay in the ground after the bloom. The foliage withers and slowly disintegrates and you wouldn’t know there are tulips in the soil until they poke their tips out again the next spring. In locations with sweltering hot summers and mild winters, however, tulips cannot survive. For that reason, some people dig up the tulip bulbs after the bloom and store them in the refrigerator to mimic the cold period that tulips require.

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17 Outdoor Entertaining Essentials To Keep You Warm and Cozy

As a long-time Alaska resident, I’m used to busting out the chunky blankets shortly after Labor Day. The summers are magical but short, and we usually see our first snowfall by early October. But that doesn’t mean that I or my statesmen are ready to re…

As a long-time Alaska resident, I’m used to busting out the chunky blankets shortly after Labor Day. The summers are magical but short, and we usually see our first snowfall by early October. But that doesn’t mean that I or my statesmen are ready to retreat inside—especially during a pandemic that’s prevented us from socializing indoors. That’s why I’ve made it my personal mission to find ways to entertain outdoors well into the fall and winter.

Whether it’s a gathering in a garden or backyard, on a porch or patio, or maybe even in the driveway, the key is to make the space warm, cozy, and inviting for guests. Here are all the essentials you’ll need if you’re planning to entertain outdoors when the temps drop—even if you’re not living in Alaska.

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10 Thanksgiving Decor Ideas for a Most-Inviting Porch

Now that we’ve said our farewells to summer, the best season (this is not open for debate) is finally here, and we’re officially looking forward to Thanksgiving. The food- and family-centric holiday might be just under two months away but, trust us, it…

Now that we’ve said our farewells to summer, the best season (this is not open for debate) is finally here, and we’re officially looking forward to Thanksgiving. The food- and family-centric holiday might be just under two months away but, trust us, it will sneak up on you if you let it.

While our dinner menus are coming together slowly in the back of our minds—turkey (of course), all the vegetables, apple pie—we’re focused right now on what the outside of our homes will look like. We’re seeing Thanksgiving porch decorations full of bright orange and pristinely white pumpkins, leafy wreaths, and warmly lit, vintage lanterns put out to make friends and family feel welcome before they even walk through the door.

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