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It’s Time to Give the Push-Powered Lawn Mower a Shot

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The time to mow is upon us. Old shoes have been unearthed, AirPods are…

This post contains products independently chosen (and loved) by our editors and writers. Food52 earns an affiliate commission on qualifying purchases of the products we link to.

The time to mow is upon us. Old shoes have been unearthed, AirPods are charged, Saturday mornings cleared, and people everywhere are frantically googling information about sparkplugs and the best mower fuel.

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12 Shatterproof Outdoor Dining Essentials That Are Beautiful (& Kid-Friendly)

Bringing your dining and entertaining plans outdoors is all fun and games until a plate shatters. You think you can carry four glasses at once until one slips through your carefully gripped fingers and tumbles to the ground, breaking into tiny pieces i…

Bringing your dining and entertaining plans outdoors is all fun and games until a plate shatters. You think you can carry four glasses at once until one slips through your carefully gripped fingers and tumbles to the ground, breaking into tiny pieces in front of you.

The warm-weather season should be filled with dinner parties, picnics, and backyard parties that won't have you reaching for a broom to sweep up glass shards (or blocking the kids and pets off from a sudden shatter). To help accomplish this dream, we've pulled together 12 of our favorite acrylic, bamboo, and melamine (shatterproof!) plates, glasses, and tabletop accessories. Now you can outdoor dine without worrying about the sound of broken glass.

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6 Flatware Sets Perfect for Spring Dining

We’ve said it once (OK, maybe more than once, we’ll admit it) and we’ll say it again: Spring has sprung. As we begin bringing entertaining outdoors—whether it’s dinner, brunch, cocktail hour, or just hangin’ on a blanket in the grass—we’re figuring out…

We’ve said it once (OK, maybe more than once, we’ll admit it) and we’ll say it again: Spring has sprung. As we begin bringing entertaining outdoors—whether it’s dinner, brunch, cocktail hour, or just hangin’ on a blanket in the grass—we’re figuring out which indoor dining items can double as outdoor table staples this spring.

Melamine dishes, linen napkins, and colorful glassware are all no-brainers, but what kind of flatware should make its way onto the table setting?

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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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13 Best Airbnb Tree Houses for a One-of-a-Kind Vacation

If you’ve ever had the urge to hide out in the woods for a weekend to get away from it all, you’ve come to the right place. Airbnb is a go-to when you’re looking for a place to stay on vacation and a business trip, but it’s also home to an impressive c…

If you’ve ever had the urge to hide out in the woods for a weekend to get away from it all, you’ve come to the right place. Airbnb is a go-to when you’re looking for a place to stay on vacation and a business trip, but it’s also home to an impressive collection of more eclectic rentals that let you live out your childhood dreams. Of course, we’re talking about tree houses, and you might be surprised at just how many the site has to offer!

Whether you’re hoping to hang out in an off-the-grid rental for a few days or pamper yourself at a luxury home in the sky, Airbnb has a tree house you’re sure to love. Here are 13 of our favorite picks to bookmark—for the next time you’re in the mood for a whimsical, magical, one-of-a-kind vacation.

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7 Pro Tips to Create Magical Outdoor Lighting

If you’ve been spending these lovely early fall evenings outdoors, you already know that there are a few essentials for making night hangs a success: a cozy blanket, perhaps a small fire, and definitely some good lighting. The blanket speaks for itself…

If you’ve been spending these lovely early fall evenings outdoors, you already know that there are a few essentials for making night hangs a success: a cozy blanket, perhaps a small fire, and definitely some good lighting. The blanket speaks for itself, but the lighting, well, that’s a bit more complicated.

Great outdoor lighting has to be many things at once: it should illuminate the space, but not be so bright that you feel like you’re in a fluorescent-lit parking lot; it should add ambience, but not be so precious or fussy that you, as the host, are distracted by its maintenance; it should work with the space you have, so that you’re not required to rewire your backyard in order to spend an evening on the porch. Above all, it should make your space feel really special, so that every time you step outside you feel a twinge of delight, whether you’re entertaining or enjoying one final drink before bed.

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An Outdoor Shower Is More Doable (& Enjoyable) Than You Think

The dog days of summer are quickly approaching; bringing with them the hot, sticky heat and humidity that makes us want to strip down and dive head first into every sprinkler or body of water we see. Don’t get us wrong, we love summer (and we love a go…

The dog days of summer are quickly approaching; bringing with them the hot, sticky heat and humidity that makes us want to strip down and dive head first into every sprinkler or body of water we see. Don’t get us wrong, we love summer (and we love a good heat wave to really put an exclamation point on the season), but sometimes we find ourselves praying for a good downpour to break the soaring temperatures. A much more reliable (and practical) solution to this need for an immediate soaking? An outdoor shower.

We know what you’re thinking—easier said than done. But think again. Outdoor showers can be as simple (read: inexpensive and refreshingly cold) or as lavish and elaborate as you and your budget want them to be. There are a few different options that make all the difference, says Asher Lipman, founder of NYC Renovation Coach. Your outdoor shower can be free-standing, with hot water and an enclosed structure around it, attached to the side of your home, or connected to the same plumbing as your garden hose for quick and cool bits of relief from the heat.

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10 Chicken Coop Ideas for Your Feathered Friends

For the past few years, I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that, when I bought a house, the first thing I’d do would be to get chickens. True to my word, I closed on my house in February of this year, and come March, I was the proud owner of 12 …

For the past few years, I've been telling anyone who would listen that, when I bought a house, the first thing I'd do would be to get chickens. True to my word, I closed on my house in February of this year, and come March, I was the proud owner of 12 adorable baby chicks. However, buying chickens is the easy part—building them a coop proved to be much more of a challenge, taking way more time (and money) than I ever anticipated.

On one hand, building a home for your chickens really isn’t that hard—they don’t need a ton of space, and there are lots of DIY tutorials on how you can build one from scratch or upcycle a shed and other existing structure into a coop. That said, there are a lot of little things to think about as you go, including where your coop will be placed, how big it needs to be, how you’ll keep predators out, and so on. I learned a lot of this on the fly, so I’m passing on my top tips in hope that you’ll be a little more informed as you jump into chicken ownership.

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The Best Time to Water Your Plants—& Why It’s Crucial

A perfect amount of rainfall is every gardener’s dream, but the reality is that almost every summer, there are stretches of hot, dry days when we need to water to keep our plants alive. The question of when it’s the best time to water your garden goes …

A perfect amount of rainfall is every gardener’s dream, but the reality is that almost every summer, there are stretches of hot, dry days when we need to water to keep our plants alive. The question of when it’s the best time to water your garden goes hand in hand with the question of how to water. To help you get the most out of that precious H2O, here are some watering basics:

Why Water Is Necessary

You’ll recall from biology class that water is necessary for plants to perform photosynthesis—the process of transforming water into sugar and oxygen when the leaves are exposed to light. But water does more than that, it also transports nutrients inside the plant, so even in the richest of garden soils, plants will be undernourished if the water supply is insufficient.

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Why the Next Big Gardening Trend Is Taking a Cue from Local Biodiversity

Planting a tree and seeing it grow and thrive is one of the most long-lasting and fulfilling gardening experiences. I feel that way about the gingko in our front yard, but when it comes to wildlife value, a gingko is almost like having a plastic tree i…

Planting a tree and seeing it grow and thrive is one of the most long-lasting and fulfilling gardening experiences. I feel that way about the gingko in our front yard, but when it comes to wildlife value, a gingko is almost like having a plastic tree in your yard—it has zero value to the little critters that make nature work. A gingko attracts no caterpillars at all (which are essential for birds to raise their young), but a native oak, on the other hand, supports more than 550 species of caterpillars. According to Doug Tallamy, a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware and a leading voice in the movement to plant more natives, a single pair of chickadees needs 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to feed one clutch of young.

Unfortunately, most of the plants sold by nurseries today are not wildlife-friendly natives but introduced from Asia and Europe, often decades and centuries ago. The good news is, that over the past two decades the movement for planting natives has been gaining traction. More nurseries are offering native plants and some nurseries specialize only in natives. Home gardeners and landscape architects have become more aware that say, the Bradford pear, a very popular ornamental pear tree, might not be the best choice.

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