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Building with Secondhand Stuff: Make a Wood Pallet Planter

It seems like there are a million creative ideas for making things out of pallets these days, so naturally I sought out one specifically for the garden. This planter has a rustic look that is enhanced by greenery cascading down it, and it creates a...

Smart Watering Plant Sitters: How to Not Kill Your Garden While on Vacation

Have you ever come home from a holiday to find that your plants are suffering from extreme thirst? Or even worse, have you come home to find the plants dead? It’s not always easy to get a plant sitter and it’s also not reasonable to...

Grow the Best Tomatoes in Town with Advice from a Pro

There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a sun-warmed, juicy tomato straight from your own garden. Garden tomatoes are unlike anything that you can buy in the grocery store, and that’s why they are so popular as a home garden crop. Growing tomatoes, however,...

Guided Instagram Tour of the Global Urban Garden

Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona, Brooklyn, Winston-Salem, Los Angeles…In my visits across the country and abroad, I’ve experienced some compelling imagery and special moments that have captured my soul with their intriguing visual details. The New Nordic Cuisine The luscious beet, perched atop a water-filled glass, above, was the lone perfect centerpiece on...

Cool Sustainable and Stylish DIY Ideas For Outdoor Solar Lighting

  Solar power is everywhere–solar-powered clothing and backpacks that charge your gadgets on the go, solar-powered camping tents, Tesla’s solar roof shingles and even keyless solar bike locks that alert you if someone tries to nab your wheels.  Solar has gone mainstream. Renewable energy sources for the home powered by...

How to Incorporate Indoor-Outdoor Living into Your Home

Indoor-outdoor living incorporates the best of both worlds into one space. According to House Beautiful, the epitome of indoor-outdoor rooms means that, “If you moved them inside, you wouldn’t have to change a thing.” From living areas to backyard kitchens, these indoor-outdoor trends can give...

The Grillbot Is A Robot That Cleans Your Grill

Lazy grillers, rejoice. Thanks to the Grillbot, you may never have to clean your grill again. Today at CES we discovered the Grillbot, and it’s exactly what it sounds like – a robot that you plop down to automatically clean your dirty grill. Selling for $129, the...

10 gadgets that will do gardening and yard work for you

It’s tough to keep your yard and gardens looking their best year round, especially when you have limited time for yardwork. However, you don’t have to tackle lawn care on your own. Your chores will be a whole lot easier when you have a team...

10 barbecue winning gadgets for under $40

Whether you’re much of a cook, or not, come summer everyone wants to be king of the grill. After all, there is nothing worse than serving up a plate of burn sausages to your closest friends. Want to avoid taking that plate of overcooked meat...

Take it outside: 8 hot trends in outdoor home furnishing

et out and stay out. Southern California’s typically glorious weather inspires a passion for luxurious outdoor living spaces — and there’s no shortage of new fabrics and furnishings to make that a reality. “The customer is starting to think of their outdoor space like another...

11 Easy Ways to Revamp Your Garden

Sometimes in life it’s good to mix things up. As we all like a project we can sink our teeth into, what could be better than revamping your garden? The same old lawn and shrubs can start to look tired after so many years, so that might be a good...

DIY Floating Planter for Water Gardens and Ponds

A floating garden is a brilliant way to bring color to your pond or backyard water feature. The best part is that you don’t have to go hunting for a pond planter because it is a simple DIY you can make at home. Once you...

Fun Ideas for Outdoor Kitchen Plans

Outdoor kitchen plans are designed around having fun. Take the cooking outdoors! Enjoy the great weather and enjoy some of the best tasting fire-grilled foods. But remember, your outdoor kitchen success depends much on having smartly designed outdoor kitchen plans.  Start by placing your outdoor...

Patio Personality: Enjoy the great outdoors with your own great style

Punching up your patio with some personality might be one of the most fun projects for your home. Since your goal is to make your patio reflect your own unique tastes, you really can’t go wrong. Creating an outdoor living space is a win-win situation....

10 New Ideas For A Secret Garden Nook Designed Just For You

In turbulent times, what could be more soothing than to carve out a secluded spot in your garden in which to relax alone or with a loved one, or to entertain friends? These clever screening ideas ensure that it won’t feel as if the neighbors...

Modern Petunia Varieties: No Longer Just the Pinkest Pink Flower

Wait! Before you skip over this post because it’s about petunias and “petunias are boring, old-fashioned, plants for boring, old-fashioned people,” I want to share some of what I learned from touring the California Spring Trials, also known as Fashion Week for Plants. Petunias are...

5 Details You Don’t Want to Forget When Hosting an Outdoor Party

Outdoor parties can be magical events perfect for celebrating the warmer weather and enjoying all that nature offers. Hosting a party outdoors can also give guests more room to roam than they might otherwise have indoors. Al fresco entertaining often includes a special brand of whimsy, and gives you an...

10 Hardy Shrubs You Can’t Kill

A lot of people would like to garden but are scared off by what they see as a “black thumb”—the inability to keep plants alive. Of course, there is no such thing as a black thumb gardener. All you need to gain confidence in gardening...

5 Fun, Eco-Friendly Ways to Light Up Your Backyard

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for lazy Sunday lunches eaten al fresco with your family and big backyard barbeque parties with your friends. You’ve got your patio furniture in place, a grill ready to fire up, a nice big table for eating, but what’s...

Take it outside: Backyards are for fun and games

Volleyball courts. Sand pits. Splash pools. Giant movie screens. You don’t have to be a kid to design and enjoy an outdoor play space. Al fresco kitchens, all-weather lighting, and improvements in the comfort and durability of patio furniture mean we’re enjoying our outdoor spaces...

7 Outdoor Speakers for Your Next Backyard Project

Homeowners are getting outside more lately, and they’re taking their home technology with them. In CE Pro’s first ever Outdoor Technology Study, loudspeakers came in No. 2 as the most popular outdoor technology in the last year. Specifically, under-eave audio speakers came in second right...

Outdoor Entertaining – Fun Ideas to Up Your Hosting EQ

Up your EQ, Entertainment Quotient by entertaining your guests this season outside of the typical “backyard” box Warmer temperatures makes everyone antsy to get outdoors. From picnics to barbecues, there are numerous ways to take advantage of the outdoors during this season. Instead of doing...

Six ideas for remodeling your backyard for summer

Little by little, the thermometer is creeping up and up. We all know that it’s only a matter of weeks before we’re really starting to feel the heat. With that in mind, we put together a list of six backyard remodel ideas to help you...

Ten design tips from the father of American landscape architecture

Frederick Law Olmsted is considered the father of American landscape architecture and some of his best-known works remain iconic to this day. Central Park and Prospect Park in New York, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and Biltmore Estate in North Carolina are just a...

80 Ways to Make Your Patio or Outdoor Space Look Incredible

  Whether you have a porch, pool or patio, our guide to creating a luxurious outside space will help you take full advantage of warm weather.     Read More >

Now is the time to start planting

Thank goodness it’s finally time to start planting! You can start your vegetable garden now with cool-loving crops such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and others can be safely planted now. Hold off on planting tomatoes, peppers, squash and other warm-loving...

Spruce up outdoor spaces ahead of warmer seasons

Once spring arrives it’s time to spiff up outdoor gathering areas, whether patio, terrace or veranda. Warm weather draws family and friends, and you want that patio area to look its best. Start by just cleaning it up to get rid of the winter dirt...

Patio fever: Prepare your outdoor living space for warmer months ahead

The weather might be indecisive lately — tornadoes and a snowstorm in the same week — but spring is right around the corner, and once it warms up, you’ll probably want to be out on the patio. Before it arrives, local experts recommend a few...

6 Brilliant and Inexpensive Patio Ideas for Small Yards

If your yard feels cramped, dull or otherwise in need of of a pick-me-up, don’t worry! You don’t have to dig up the backyard and start from scratch to make it feel homey and new. Just make some small investments. Your focus should be the...

The 5 Biggest Garden Trends of 2017

Those lucky enough to call an outdoor terrace, patio, or yard of their own know that, like the plants and flowers contained within them, gardens flourish in direct proportion to the care and consideration exercised on them. But in recent years, the push to turn...

25 Summer-Ready Outdoor Dining Areas

One of the joys of summer is having meals in the great outdoors, whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning sun or an elaborate dinner under the stars. Now that the days are growing warmer, it’s the perfect time to prep your patio...

5 Outdoor Features That Will Add Value to Your Home

As any experienced real-estate agent will tell you, most home buyers have made up their minds about a house before they actually step inside. No matter how much time, money, and effort you’ve spent on designing and styling the interior, your house will be much...

Better design the key for great outdoor spaces on any budget

There is nothing wrong with a backyard grill and a couple of Adirondack chairs. However, if you are at a point in your life where you want your outdoor spaces to feel more like your indoor spaces, consider our tips for better design regardless of...

Turn Up the Heat With a Stylish Fire Pit

A fire pit is an ultimate compromise between a bonfire and a fireplace. It doesn’t just bring warmth to the place but also makes for a mesmerizing focal point. A stylish pit design will take any outdoor lounge area to the next level. Available in a variety of...

10 Best Landscaping Ideas

Need landscape ideas to add variety to your garden or add color year-round? We’ve got you covered. Try some or all of these landscaping ideas to spruce up your yard. Your home may be your castle, but rather than surround it with a moat, use...

30 Small Space Gardening Tips for Apartment Dwellers and Urbanites

Don’t let limited outdoor space prevent you from trying out your green thumb. From tasty fruits and veggies to flowering plants, trees and shrubs, container gardening is the trick to growing it all in less space than you may think. Check out the gallery >