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DIY: 7 Best Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies

I’m a romantic, and so at the risk of facing commenter-wrath, I’m going to say it: The season’s first mosquito bite isn’t such a bad thing. It’s how …

Alternative Medicine

Instant Taps for Your Raised Garden Beds

Here’s a solution to the ongoing problem of having to drag hoses and sprinklers around your garden beds: Aquacorner, an instant tap for your raised …

DIY: Instant Wine Bar

Here’s a clever idea we spotted at the Medlock Ames Winery in Healdsburg, CA: a picnic table as wine tasting bar.<p>Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape …

DIY Outdoor Planter: Tough Beauties That Won’t Die, Even If You Forget to Water

Before August vanishes, it’s time to get out of town. But what about the plants you’re leaving behind? There’s no need to worry if you’ve got …

DIY: Make Your Own Wildflower Seed Bombs

Guerrilla gardening may use the language of civilian warfare, but floral beauty is the uniting cause. Gardening without permission is another way of …

Windowsill Garden: Seed Sprouting Kit

It turns out to be possible to grow an entire farm on a 3-inch deep window sill. Spotted at Uncommon Goods:<p>Above: The Micro Greens Kit comes with …

DIY: Instant Hanging Shelves for Houseplants

Recently spotted from Byggstudio, a creative consultancy in Sweden: standard wooden trellises and DIY sawhorse tables display plants in a pop-up …

Urban Garden Hangers

Not your mother’s macrame plant hangers: Authentic’s Urban Garden Plant Bags offer a decidedly modern means to create an indoor garden when space is …

Must-Have: Shiny Portable Planting Boxes

Think of them like miniature raised beds. You can fold up Shift_Design’s new lightweight aluminum tiles as if they were cardboard boxes to create a …

Household Myths: Are These Urban Legends Legit?

Your grandma did it and your mom does it all the time, so should you continue the tradition? From salting boiling water to grinding ice, read on for …

Urban Legends

DIY: Rose Petal Ice Cubes

Remember walking around with a pink-stained tongue all summer long? I don’t advocate the return of Kool-Aid to your diet, but if you keep a tray of …

10 Easy Pieces: Indoor/Outdoor Tool Sets

In the spirit of Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up our ten favorite tool sets–from barbecue tools to woodworking and housecleaning–because a set of …

How Did I Kill My Lavender?

I have every reason to be a good gardener. I grew up planting plants, pulling weeds, watering roses, mowing the lawn. I studied environmental science …

10 Easy Pieces: Tough Perennials for City Gardens

I remember summers in New York. Whenever any of my entourage managed to score a piece of outdoor real estate, it immediately became a community …

Required Reading: Beth Chatto’s 5 Favorite Flowers for a Gravel Garden

The first thing that strikes me on entering garden designer Beth Chatto’s gravel garden in Essex early in the morning is the scent of herbs. Thyme? …

Hydrangeas: How To Change Color from Pink to Blue

Hydrangeas that are blue are not necessarily better than pink ones. But the color is so rare–”hydrangea blue” is not a hue that belongs to any other …

Euphoric Over Euphorbia: 5 Perennials Every Garden Needs

Every now and then, during the course of the year, I like to take a sideways glance at my own garden, but also the gardens that I visit, walk past, …

Colorful Woven Harvest Baskets from Barebones

Impervious to rain, dampness, and the occasional misdirected hose, a set of harvest baskets from Barebones (woven from durable sea grass) is welcome …

7 Things You Should Do to Protect Fireflies

Compared to photographing them, catching fireflies is about the easiest thing to do. And in the summertime, spending at least one evening running …

Tag: DIY

Rethinking Acacia: Summery Branches to Brighten a Winter Table<p>by Chelsea Fuss<p>Kalanchoe: Rethinking a Kitschy Houseplant<p>by Chelsea Fuss<p>7 Secrets: How …

Required Reading: The Lavender Lover’s Handbook

Lavender. There’s really nothing quite like lavender. Other herbs are fragrant, but the scent of lavender is unmistakable: sweet but sharp, calming …

Will I Ever Be Able to Grow Enough Basil to Make Pesto?

“Basil is tricky,” people said in an effort to console me after my basil collapsed. They tried to explain away my plight: “You’re probably …

Apartment Living: Soundproofing Solutions for the Floor

Residing on an upper floor can provide a bit more privacy and safety, but also comes with a cost. Recently, my neighbor came knocking to inform me …

Home Depot

5 Simple Ideas for an Easy Outdoor Update

I consider my porch to be an extension of my home. When putting it together I thought about how I would be spending my time there and outfitted it …

Outdoor Spaces

Creating a Wedding Registry: Tips for Couples Already Living Together

When talking about weddings, there's almost no subject that brings out people's, er, <i>opinions,</i> quite like that of the wedding registry. Traditionally, …

Weddings

Energy Efficient Non-AC Options for Keeping Cool?

<b>Q:</b> After twelve years in a ground-floor NYC apartment where we never had to use the A/C, we're moving to a top-floor place with loads of sun. Is …

New York City

Windowsill Gardening on the Cheap: Vintage-Style Tin Herb Gardens

I stumbled on the idea of using tea tins for a mini container garden the other day when looking around for an attractive option that would fit on my …

Gardening

Half & Half: New Painted Furniture Trend?

We've written quite a bit about color dipped furniture — you know, the thing where you paint the legs of a chair (or desk, or dresser, or what have …

Furniture