So, You’ve Built a Vegetable Garden—Here’s How to Take Care of It

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.

The most exciting parts…

You can Grow Your Own Way. All spring and summer, we’re playing in the vegetable garden; join us for step-by-step guides, highly recommended tools, backyard tours, juicy-ripe recipes, and then some. Let’s get our hands dirty.


The most exciting parts of vegetable gardening, for most, are the wide-eyed shopping spree for seedlings (or seeds) and the long-awaited celebration of harvest. But there are obviously quite a few things to do in the days between. Let’s face it, gardening can seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming—especially if you can break down the tasks into bite-size goals that you can tackle through the week (or in some cases each month).

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There Are a Lot of Bad Garden Hoses, but These 5 Are Great

Welcome to Best of the Test, a thoroughly tested, expertly vetted, only semi-serious product recommendation series. Join us as we sleep with a dozen different bed sheets, make gallons of ice, air fry all the wings, and more in pursuit of the very best …

Welcome to Best of the Test, a thoroughly tested, expertly vetted, only semi-serious product recommendation series. Join us as we sleep with a dozen different bed sheets, make gallons of ice, air fry all the wings, and more in pursuit of the very best things to buy.


For all the advantages that living in a big city like New York offers, unless you’re by a park, greenery isn’t one of them. I lived in Manhattan for a large part of my life, so the idea of gardening is a completely new territory for me. But once my husband and I moved into the ‘burbs with more space and greenery to call our own, gardening suddenly became part of our weekend errands list. While we have sprinklers to handle most of the lawn, my husband and I would spend our weekend mornings watering areas that were out of reach with a garden hose. It also came in handy when washing our car and rinsing out smelly garbage cans—two other tasks that we’ve accepted as part of the suburban lifestyle.

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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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10 Outdoor Christmas Decorations that Won’t Hike Up Your Electric Bill

Every December, my mom will say “Come on, please!” enough times that the rest of the family would finally relent and pile in the car to gawk at the local light displays. She adores Christmas and delights in the annual car ride around our large and wind…

Every December, my mom will say “Come on, please!” enough times that the rest of the family would finally relent and pile in the car to gawk at the local light displays. She adores Christmas and delights in the annual car ride around our large and winding neighborhood, slowing down to get a better look at her favorites, turning around to pass by again, and then hypothesizing about how she can put her own spin on them.

And I know it’s not just my mother. According to a 2019 Gallup poll, 93 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, which naturally translates into a lot of front yard odes to the holiday. By that logic, if every one of those people had a front yard to decorate, there would be 305.3 million decorated homes. But not everyone has a giant space to deck out in twinkling lights, and no one wants to foot the electric bill that comes after a month of powering them 24/7.

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Anthropologie Is Having an Outdoor Sale—Here’s What’s in Our Carts

It’s almost like Anthropologie has seen our Pinterest boards because it’s dropped a major sale on outdoor essentials right when our spaces needed it.

We’ve been spending so much more time on our porches, patios, decks, fire escapes—basically any outdo…

It’s almost like Anthropologie has seen our Pinterest boards because it’s dropped a major sale on outdoor essentials right when our spaces needed it.

We’ve been spending so much more time on our porches, patios, decks, fire escapes—basically any outdoor spot we can find. And just like how we spent last year decorating and redecorating our indoor spaces, we’re planning to do the same with our outdoor spaces this year.

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Picnic Dinners Are the One Thing I’m Keeping From Last Year

There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am del…

There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am delighted to be patronizing our favourite taco spot and dosa shop again, I’m definitely not giving up the casual outdoor meal tradition my family came to discover—and love.

Last spring, when the weather turned warm enough to eat outside (or to be honest, while it was still a tad too cool), my husband, my son, and I started packing up meals to eat outdoors. It was a way to escape the confines of our relatively small home and also a necessity on days when we’d planned a hike or beach trip and we couldn’t pop into a restaurant. Al fresco lunches had always been a part of our routine—and frankly, expected—but picnic dinners were new—and they were a revelation.

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