$45 Later, This Wall is The Best Thing in My New Backyard
Outdoor vertical container gardens don’t have to be fancy, self-watering affairs that cost hundreds of dollars. For under $50, I made a lush, cascading green wall for my new backyard. Not only is it a fantastic focal point that draws your eye, but it takes gardening to a whole new level. And this project couldn’t be simpler to pull off. This vertical garden couldn’t be easier to make, and adds so much life, color and dimension to my formerly flat wall.
May 3, 2019
Rejoice! I Finally Found a Chemical-Free Way to Combat Weeds
I’ve reached a new state of being, and I owe it all to my front yard. I call it “peak curmudgeon.” Because there’s one soul-sucking Sisyphean home task that drains me like no other — the endless loop of pulling weeds. I try to keep on top of them, but no matter how often I deal, they are there waiting for me again the following week. Weeds leave me muttering and cursing mess.
May 3, 2019
Super Easy Houseplants Even Black Thumbs Can Keep Alive
Plants add so much to living spaces, but it’s all moot if you can’t keep them alive. Us black thumbs mean well, of course —bringing home a new plant with every intention of watering and nurturing it along. And then reality happens and, a month later, our new friend is brown and sagging in the corner. You can guard against the possibility of failure by choosing no-fail, tried and true plants that work for even the most neglectful owners.
May 3, 2019
Worry-Free Plants That Won’t Poison Your Pets
We love our pets, even when they are annoying little troublemakers. So when our furry friends start munching on our plants and digging around in the dirt, it’s our job to keep them safe (even when we want to strangle them). Being the human in the relationship means doing the research and only populating our homes with non-toxic varieties of plants. We’re making it easy for you. Below are some of our favorite pet-safe plants that are non-toxic for both dogs and cats.
May 3, 2019
Living in the Future: “My Plant Waters Itself”
Okay so I’m admittedly a bit of a black thumb. For starters, my apartment—like most in New York City—has windows that directly face the brick exterior of a neighboring apartment, which means natural sunlight is, well, reserved for time outdoors. Throw a busy schedule and life in the mix and remembering to water your succulents is not as easy as it sounds . So although it’s upsetting that I can’t even keep an air plant alive, it’s not terribly surprising.
May 3, 2019
How to Think Like a Florist When Choosing & Caring for Fresh Flowers at Home
As an event florist, keeping flowers alive and looking good is a pretty integral part of my livelihood at Winston & Main. I often joke that all design and artistry aside, I’m really more of a triage nurse for my floral friends. I assess their condition and get them stable, so they can leave my watchful eye and make their beautiful way in the world.
May 3, 2019
Greener Thumb: Tips for Fertilizing Your Houseplants
I’ve only recently rid myself of my life-long black thumb, but I now have over seven happy plants that I’ve kept alive for a few years! Finding the right watering method for my plants and my lifestyle was a huge win. But something I’m still quite unsure about is fertilizing. How and how often should I fertilize my houseplants? Below is advice on fertilizing plants from a few past house tour participants with notably green thumbs and green homes.
May 3, 2019
The Plant Doctors Are In: Welcome to Tula House, Brooklyn’s Mobile Greenhouse
Feeling stuck in a full-time advertising gig, Christan Summers traded her day job for days spent selling succulents out of a “greenhouse on wheels” (that’s the Tulita truck, above) and making house calls to sick fiddle leaf fig trees. Launched in collaboration with Ivan Martinez, the Brooklyn-based plant company Tula House was born in April 2016, and one year later, business is, well, blooming.
May 3, 2019
Vertical Garden DIY Ideas Using a Wooden Pallet (Plus, a Tutorial!)
Vertical gardens are an exciting outdoor project because they show off your flowers and plants beautifully and aren’t difficult or expensive to make. In fact, they can easily be made out of mostly recycled (and recyclable) materials. Vertical gardens are also especially well-suited to small outdoor spaces so no worries if you don’t have a whole yard or deck to work with. Below are the basic instructions for how to make a vertical garden planter using scrap wood and a pallet.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A First Time Homeowner Kicks Up the Curb Appeal
First things first: congrats to Amanda on purchasing her first home! Taking the plunge can be nerve-wracking, exciting and is always a very big deal. (We’ve got some tips on making it less scary if you need them.) After settling in to her new abode, the next step was to tackle the exterior, which Amanda felt needed a little boost. With the help of a few family members, a super smart paint job and flower power, the home has a fresh look and a whole lot of curb appeal.
May 3, 2019
7 Plants for Your Garden Inspired by Disney’s New Avatar Park
The highly-anticipated Pandora: World of Avatar opens officially to the public on May 27 at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park. While most will beeline it to the two new rides, the photos we’ve seen of the incredible landscape make the argument to slow down the pace (just a little bit —wouldn’t want to lose your spot in an up-to-six-hour line).
May 3, 2019
Create a (Living!) Statement Wall Piece with a Staghorn Fern
At Potted, we love staghorn ferns…who doesn’t? They’re easy to take care of, do well in the shade and they look like amazing prehistoric creatures hanging on your wall. Win win! So after finishing our new book, “Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers,” we realized we really should have included a Staghorn project. So here it is especially for you.
May 3, 2019
Near the Finish Line: Landscaping, Kitchen and Pool! It’s Summer
Welcome to The Stacked Barn project where I lead you through a year-long odyssey that I’ve never been on before: the building of a new house. I’m going to show you how my new home gets built – step by step. Chapter Seven is here. This is Chapter eight. I last reported to you on the very last day of March, so it’s been exactly three months, during which time a few difficult problems, including rain, slowed down the final push.
May 3, 2019
Smart Pot Punishes Your Plants If You Don’t Change Your Bad Habits
We’ve offered plenty of tips on how to break bad home habits, but what if a plant’s lifespan depended on your ability to finally kick those less-than-productive tendencies to the curb? Enter Phabit, a device that rewards good habits by keeping plants alive.
May 3, 2019
Plant Lady 101: How To Help Your Plants Stay Happy When You’re Away From Home
You’re going on a two-week trip. You’ve made your lists, you’re running last-minute errands, and you’ve made arrangements for pets and mail. It’s easy to forget about your green household companions, your plants. But if if you do, you’ll come home to find them unhappy or worse. Here are some ways to care for the verdant members of your household when you’re out of town. Before you leave for your trip, remove all dead leaves from each plant.
May 3, 2019
Must-Have Skill for Plant Lovers: How to Add Drainage Holes to Pots
Cat Meschia of ctrl + curate is a craft blogger based in Gainesville, Florida where she spends her time creating beautiful things that encourage thoughtful living. Known for her affordable small-space solutions and practical yet artistically-driven designs, Cat shares everything from DIY planters to no-weave wall hangings through simple tutorials and inspiration boards.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Dull Driveway is Now Super SoCal Cool
Turning a driveway and storage area into a beautiful lounge for adults and children alike seemed like an impossible feat for Ali and Evan. Luckily they had a great friend, Lake, who knew exactly how to transform this space! From Lake Sharp of array.la: The lean-to structure immediately creates a sense of privacy and much needed shade, but still allows for airflow and light. The look of the patio is centered around the colorful Laotian lanterns that Ali showed me at our first meeting.
May 3, 2019
Expert Advice: How To Keep Plants Alive in the Summer Heat
Summer heat takes its toll on everyone, and our plants are no exception. Whether you’re simply tending to a few houseplants or an entire outdoor garden, keeping your plants happy and healthy throughout the warm season is vital to both their growth and longevity. Lucky for us, we have Rebecca Bullene, founder of Greenery NYC to call on for expertise. We asked her for advice on how to care for our plants during the summer weather extremes and she had lots to dish.
May 3, 2019
Plant Lady Podcasts: Tune in to Great Gardening Shows
A good gardening podcast doesn’t just hold your attention, it educates and inspires your inner green thumb, as well. And while the web is brimming with plant-friendly podcasts, separating the stellar ones from the so-so can often leave you in a sonic drought. So to cultivate your proverbial and physical gardens, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite botanical audio blogs for your consideration.
May 3, 2019
One of The Best Ways to Improve Your Home is Do-able in a Day
It’s shockingly difficult to add value to your home these days. Only a few projects have a return of over 100 percent, which means that, no matter what improvements you make, chances are good you won’t get all of your money back when you sell your house. This shouldn’t discourage you from making changes however, as there are other great reasons to upgrade and improve certain features — starting with this one, which can be completed in less than one day.
May 3, 2019
10-Minute Mini Herb Garden in an IKEA Container
When you live within city limits, it’s rare to have access to private green space. In a perfect (and sustainable) world, we would all have our own backyards, overflowing with lush shrubbery, robust herbs, and fruit-bearing trees right next to our cute little chicken coops. In reality, we’re forced to get a little more creative – vertical gardens, hanging planters, and fruit purchased from the local market.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: This Exterior Makeover Will Make You Turn (Sea-Foam) Green With Envy
Ashley’s adorable home needed a bit of a boost in the exterior paint department. After giving herself permission to just friggin go for it, she decided that they would not only be painting their home sea-foam green, they’d be doing it themselves. Sweat was sweated, paint was painted and a few labor heavy weekends later, a bold and bright house emerged.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: The Color That Instantly Modernizes Any Home’s Exterior
Homes across the world come in a rainbow of colors, but there’s one hue that’s king when it comes to working with just about any style of architecture. It’s not an exterior paint choice for the faint-hearted. But those willing to take the paint plunge will be rewarded with a dramatic curb appeal sure to get the neighbors talking. All black!
May 3, 2019
A Guide to Indoor Gardening: Our Review of Living With Plants
Living With Plants is one of those books I wish I had read before I went out and bought a ton of plants years ago. The result of my over-excitement at the time lead some of them to an unfortunate end. This is one of those books I’ll likely reference for years to come, not only because of its useful information on caring for my plants, but also for its beautiful photography, effective styling tips, and the handful of DIY tutorials accompanied with easy-to-follow instructions.
May 3, 2019
Renovation Ideas to Steal from Updated Ranch House Exteriors
In today’s real estate market, affordable ranch homes are proving their potential. When they aren’t dismissed, torn down, and then replaced by larger McMansion-style homes, they get snapped up by eager buyers happy for the large lots, large windows and friendly layouts. These exterior renovations show you don’t have to compromise your style, and that there are so many ways to customize and modernize an ‘outdated’ home’s appearance.
May 3, 2019
The Best-Kept Plant Lady Secret Is Something You’re Not Doing
Keeping your plants clean (and dust-free) is vital to their health and happiness. Along with attracting harmful pests, too much dust on your plant’s leaves can make it hard for your houseplants to absorb light and properly photosynthesize (remember that from elementary school?). That’s why experts recommend dusting off your plants at least once a month by using a clean microfiber cloth. But for the healthiest houseplants possible, the cleaning shouldn’t stop there.
May 3, 2019
Creative Ways to Add Plants to Even a Tiny Kitchen
Nothing adds life (literally and aesthetically) to a space quite like plants. And in a kitchen, plants can serve a double purpose, because if you choose to grow herbs, you can look at them and eat them, too. You may think that having a teeny-tiny kitchen means no room to grow things, but that’s where you’d be wrong. If you’ve got the light, we’ve got nine ideas for ways you can find the space.
May 3, 2019
Get Onboard With Pinterest’s Most Popular Plant Trend
Plants have taken hold of the home decorating arena, quickly becoming everyone’s favorite accessory, and while there are no places off limits for your green babies, there may be one spot you’re overlooking: the bathroom. Searches for “shower plants” are up 302% on Pinterest so what’s all the fuss about? I’m not advocating turning your bathroom into a jungle, but a few well-placed ferns and beyond can do a couple of things for you.
May 3, 2019
This Book Will Help You Become the Plant Person You Want To Be
Is it just me, or was 2017 the year everyone became obsessed with plants? I can barely remember to drink enough water myself, let alone keep houseplants alive, but I so admire the plant lady lifestyle. I want to fill my apartment with ferns and flowers and feel a little extra life in my home, but without a naturally green thumb, I need a little help, and I can’t be alone in that, right?
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Saying So Long to a Stucco Exterior
The exterior of Erin’s home was not only weathered and not particularly stylish, it appeared to be falling apart. They decided to tackle a major exterior overhaul while living in the house, and lived to tell the tell. Five weeks later they had a gorgeous new exterior that pays homage to the historic character of her neighborhood. From Erin: Our two bedroom, one bath, ~1,000 square foot row house previously had a stucco front which had been placed over the original brick exterior.
May 3, 2019
Turn Your Black Thumb Green With the World’s First Smart Planter
Get growing, even if you have a completely black thumb, thanks to these new smart planters that connect your container gardens to an app that tells you when to water, prune, and harvest food plants and constantly monitors the weather, soil conditions, and your plants’ every need for you.
May 3, 2019
8 Creepy Yards That Are Winning Halloween on Instagram Right Now
I love Halloween, but in the making costumes, eating candy, and drinking a cocktail while asking “and who are you supposed to be?” kind of way. When it comes to the actual scary stuff, I’m the first to cry and run for my life. I jump a foot when a pin drops, fast forward through tense movie scenes, and avoid haunted houses as if my life really depended on it. And thanks to these yards on Instagram, I’m now going to sleep for the next month with all the lights on.
May 3, 2019
This Lamp Powered By a Houseplant Is Plant Lady Dreams Come True
You might have to brush up on your elementary school science before this begins to make sense to you (or maybe that’s just us), because there’s a lamp that gets its power from a house plant. If you’re rusty when it comes to recalling the basics of photosynthesis, don’t worry: This off the grid lamp created by Ermi van Oers is here to remind you just how potent the process actually is.
May 3, 2019
The Hardware Store Houseplant That Makes a Perfect Small Space Christmas Tree
I’m both unwilling to store artificial christmas tree supplies, as well as insecure about going out to buy a live tree. Past years, I’ve either foregone holiday decorating, or DIYed some sort of makeshift faux tree. While those choices may work for some folks, it’s always left me wanting. That’s why when I came across this houseplant at the hardware store a couple of years ago, I knew it would be the perfect “Christmas tree” for me and my small space.
May 3, 2019
What To Know Before Buying Plants Online (& Where to Get Them)
For design-aware individuals, plant buying isn’t a matter of picking up whatever potted plants the grocery store happens to have on display. No, we want that perfect snake plant that we already have the ideal stand for, or that fiddle leaf fig that we envision arching just so over the reading chair in the living room. Whether you’re shopping for interior plants, privacy hedges, or container gardens, you probably have something specific in your mind’s eye.
May 3, 2019
7 Holiday House Plants for People Who Are Bored With Poinsettia
There’s a time and place for embracing tradition. But sometimes, you just have to dance to a different tune. If the quintessential poinsettias aren’t your holiday jam, you don’t have to completely bow out of enjoying festive houseplants. Here are a few other options, fit for the season and sufficiently unique. Spectacularly showy, these tropical bulbs bloom indoors in the winter and are another traditional holiday decor choice.
May 3, 2019
The Cheerful Curb Appeal Idea That’s Trending on Pinterest
Nothing says “welcome home” like a smart exterior. Though if your curb appeal could use some punching up, there’s a relatively simple and effective way to change that, and it’s currently trending on Pinterest. Today, the Pinterest 100—the company’s 2018 trend report—was released, and we spied this tried and true trick for updating your home: a boldly hued front door.
May 3, 2019
Do These Things Now & Be a Responsible Plant Parent in 2018
When we’re busy making cookies, wrapping gifts, and brewing hot chocolate, we sometimes forget to look after the quietest living things under our care: our plants. But there’s no time like the present (ha) —when guests are around, and when the greenery inside looks even greener because of the barrenness outdoors — to give our plants some extra love and attention. Turn over a new leaf (another ha) in 2018 and become the plant parent you’ve always wanted to be.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Derelict Property Gets a Second Chance
This neglected home was purchased in 2004 and in the intervening years, it’s slowly been made over by a loving new owner. Let’s see how its exterior has changed and improved over the last 14 years. This post is really a “Before and After…and After” project, as the home has evolved over time. Here’s a full-length shot of the house in 2004, when John originally purchased it: I had wanted to find a home to renovate, but had a very limited budget.
May 3, 2019
Nothing Says I Love You Like a Human-Sized Valentine’s Day Bouquet
Does your partner really love flowers? Are they sad when you show up with a measly, normal-sized bouquet that they can easily carry and doesn’t totally obstruct their vision? Well, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make an over the top scene with this obnoxiously large arrangement, courtesy of BloomThat. Dubbed “The Most Extra” (for obvious reasons), this one bouquet will turn your home into a florist’s shop with 105 blooms.
May 3, 2019
This $1 Garden Supply Item is a Decorating Secret Weapon
I love finding overlooked products in hardware and garden supply stores that I never knew I needed. I recently discovered one hiding right under my nose that’s a clever, inexpensive way to add life and style to a living space. I, for one, can’t wait to use it at home. What is it? A flower pot clip. They are a quick, easy and cheap way to hang plants. Simply drill a hole, hang the hardware onto your chosen surface, then clip on a planter.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Blank Balcony Wall Goes Bananas
When I opened this reader-submitted project, I thought, “Aha! Our dear reader has obviously uploaded their “after” photo to the “before” box, happens to the best of us, not a bit of trouble,” because it never occurred to me that the lovely space you see here could possibly be a “before” photo. Oh, but it is! Now this balcony is a tropical retreat—in Switzerland, no less.
May 3, 2019
Why You Should Always Put a Coffee Filter In Your Flower Pots
Plants add vibrancy to our living spaces like nothing else quite can. And although tending to them isn’t necessarily hard, they are living things that require our time and attention. Anything that makes caring for plants a bit easier is a plus in our book — because this means we can add a few more! Here’s how coffee filters contribute to smart, less-mess plant maintenance.
May 3, 2019
This Salt Lake City Studio Is Full of Plants and Polaroids
Name: Nathan Miller Location: Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah Size: 758 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting My day job is in healthcare marketing. On nights and weekends, I’m a print-making, Polaroid-taking, road-tripping, 20-something-year-old with a mild plant-buying addiction. My apartment is located on a side street in Downtown Salt Lake City, and sits above a row of local shops, artist studios and small businesses.
May 3, 2019
This New Zealand Home in a 1920s Converted Factory Is a Plant Lover’s Dream
Name: Ron Goh Location: Auckland, New Zealand Size: 2142 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Ron is a digital designer… and a plant addict, as evidenced by the Auckland home he shares with his partner, and two dogs (a mini schnauzer and chihuahua). He describes their loft, located in a 1920s converted factory in the Victoria Quarter, as packed with character and featuring cityscape views. There are two levels: an open plan kitchen/dining/living area below and two bedrooms above.
May 3, 2019
Can You Really Dust Your Houseplants With A Banana Peel? We Tried It, Here Are Our Results!
It seems everyone and their brother has plant fever these days, and the only cure is MORE PLANTS! We’ve mastered the art of watering, they’re all stayin’ alive. Now we’re onto more cosmetic issues, like: just how shiny and clean can I get my plants? Can I buff them with banana peels? According to an old folk remedy (and a few people on YouTube) shredded banana peels draped all over plants can help to rid it of an aphid infestation.
May 3, 2019
This Superstore is a Surprising Budget Source for Plant Lovers
If you haven’t discovered home decor superstore At Home yet, you’re in for a nice surprise. It’s not everywhere yet — only about 33 states so far — but this up and coming big box chain carries a large range of furniture, housewares and seasonal items. Before it went full on home, it started as a garden supply store (called Garden Ridge at the time) which declared bankruptcy in 2004, before re-emerging in 2014 in its current form.
May 3, 2019
A New Service is Here to Help You Become The Ultimate Stylish Plant Parent
Bloomscape, a newly launched startup out of Detroit, wants to help you become the plant parent you’ve always wanted to be. If you’re a beginner who is kind of befuddled about what plants to buy, where to buy them and what to do when you get them into your home, Bloomscape might be for you. If you think you’ve got a pretty good handle on the situation but could use a little moral support and loving advice, Bloomscape might also be for you.
May 3, 2019
The Plant-Saving Reason You Should Put Charcoal in Flower Pots
While most people think it’s neglect that does house plants in, over-watering is actually the most common way to kill your green friends. Keeping them alive means figuring out how to not drown them, and that’s where charcoal comes in. Without proper drainage, water will linger at the bottom of the pot, and roots become water-logged and susceptible to rot, fungus and bacteria. Unfortunately, when it comes to water, not all flower pots and planters are created equal.
May 3, 2019
West Elm’s New Collection Will Have You Dreaming of Summer
West Elm’s boho-chic summer collection of furniture and accessories will have you throwing impromptu garden parties in no time (even if it’s just a backyard-less fantasy). The globally-inspired, itching-to-be-Instagrammed looks include rugs in modern ikat patterns, eye-catching woven seating, and a plethora of modern outdoor furnishings.
May 3, 2019
One Simple Thing You Can Do This Weekend for Happy Houseplants All Year Long
As spring ushers in all the flowery feelings that accompany rebirth, renewal, and fresh signs of life, we’re going to turn our attention this weekend to the living decor that graces our homes: our plants. With the advent of the season that most houseplants will begin their growing seasons in earnest, the extra TLC we give them now will be repaid with lush, thriving greenery.
May 3, 2019
Lidl’s New Gardening Collection Is Total Plantspiration
If you’ve yet to get on board with grocery stores carrying adorable home accessories, now is the time. Lidl’s newest collection is for those plant parents (and wannabe plant parents) who want to nurture their green thumbs, for not a lot of green. The German supermarket chain—which sadly doesn’t have online shopping, but does have a growing number of locations on the East Coast from Delaware to South Carolina here in the U.S.
May 3, 2019
This Company Makes Fake Plants That Look Realistic (Because They’re Slightly Browning)
It’s hard to settle on the biggest draw of house plants. Is it the inherent sense of pride in being able to keep another living thing alive? Is it the aesthetic brownie-points of a perfectly arranged succulent sill? The perceived higher air quality?
May 3, 2019
The Secret to Getting Instagram-Worthy Plants
We all know on some level, even if we forget from time to time, that the filtered and staged images we see on Instagram aren’t exactly real life. Take, for instance, a picture-perfect plant placed in just the right woven basket in a ubiquitous pale-palette living room. It could be a happy, healthy plant cared for by a doting owner. Or it could be fresh from the nursery and not yet showing signs of the imperfect care ahead of it. (Or maybe it’s a full-blown fake.
May 3, 2019
We Have Answers to All Your Burning Plant Questions
Green thumbs might seem to have an innate knack for caring for plants, while black thumbs appear to be doomed with a Midas touch of death. But the only difference between green thumbs and black thumbs, really, is just familiarizing yourself with both your particular plants’ specific needs and also some general plant-keeping guidelines.
May 3, 2019
Whole Foods, Lidl Offer Sweet Deals on Mother’s Day Flowers
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so don’t forget to shower your mom and the moms in your life with love (and also flowers, if that’s their thing). Good news is that grocery stores are dropping some sweet smelling deals for those looking to bestow bouquets. Here are a few of the bargains to be had. German grocery chain Lidl is bringing the blooms with its Mother’s Day deals. A dozen roses are just $7.99, ten-stem tulip bunches start at $4.
May 3, 2019
These are the Best Houseplants for Every Zodiac Sign
Choosing the right houseplant for your space isn’t exactly a science. Also not a science? Astrology. But much like covering your apartment in greenery, exploring what your zodiac sign might reveal about your personality is a ton of harmless fun (for not a ton of money). We’ve taken the joy of mapping sun signs to their houseplant counterparts based on the traits of both the plants and the personality that will be caring for them.
May 3, 2019
10 Plant Paradises You Should be Following on Instagram
There’s no shortage of plant-obsessed accounts to follow on Instagram. The hashtag #plantsofinstagram alone produces more than 1 million posts, most of which come straight from the hands of plant parents across the globe. And if you’re anything like us, you depend on Instagram posts to help inspire and inform all of your gardening endeavors. So to ensure that your feed is always filled with helpful plant info, we rounded up 10 of the coolest plant accounts to follow on IG.
May 3, 2019
Why You Should Put Ice Cubes in Your Flower Pots
This past Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend gave me a potted orchid instead of the usual bouquet of carnations and roses. Having never owned an orchid before, I checked the tag for care instructions and learned I was supposed to water it with three ice cubes, or about ¼ cup of water, once a week. I’ve been feeding my orchid its ice every Friday, and it’s been blooming spectacularly for the past three months. But are the ice cubes really the secret to orchid success?
May 3, 2019
Genius Tips From a Couple Who Keeps 95 Plants Alive—In 300 Square Feet
It’s impressive enough that Samantha and Brendan Binger were able to fit their stuff, three dogs, and two cats in their home RV… and make the space look warm, lovely and homey. But did you notice all those plants?! Sam says there are an amazing 95 plants present (and that’s NOT including “all the succulents packed into terrariums”).
May 3, 2019
Doing Some Dirty Work This Weekend? Put Soap Underneath Your Nails First
There are so many reasons to love getting your hands dirty, whether it’s from repotting your plants, beautifying your indoor or outdoor space with a good DIY, or nurturing living things in the garden. It feels good to get in there and get stuff done. What’s not so fun is having dirt under your nails after your work session is over.
May 3, 2019
Your Plant is An Introvert (and Other Things Black Thumbs Should Know)
Most of us have that one friend or family member who reliably texts you with life updates, posts Instagram Stories about her commute to work, and generally goes out of her way to keep you informed. And then there’s the friend who’s a bit more private about her feelings. You can usually recognize the signs when something’s bothering her, but she makes you guess to figure out what the problem is. Your houseplants are like this second type of friend.
May 3, 2019
The Trick to Growing Your Own Pineapple At Home
Fun fact: Pineapples are actually a member of the bromeliad family, a tropical species long popular with houseplant enthusiasts for their dramatic spiky leaves and neon-colored blooms. And, it turns out, you can even grow a pineapple as a houseplant, too. You don’t need to make a special trip to the nursery either—just add a pineapple to your grocery list and you’ll have exactly what you need to start growing a brand new pineapple plant.
May 3, 2019
Everything Sucks, So Here Are 8 Fun Games to Play Outside This Summer
I know I am not the only one depressed by the state of the world right now, growing more and more incredulous and outraged with each passing day. If you work hard, and do what you can to make things better out there, it’s okay to take a break too. One of the best ways to recharge is to gather a group of friends, go outside, and indulge in some brainless fun this summer. Balance your rage/shock/concern with some wholesome/ridiculous/playful outdoor games.
May 3, 2019
6 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes
I live in a one bedroom “garden” apartment, which means that I get to have my own front door, porch, and small strip of flower bed. The only downside? The flower bed is under the porch roof, which means it’s constantly damp and shady, and also an ideal mosquito habitat. So this year, after frantically trying to squash a few rogue mosquitoes that snuck indoors while I was carrying in groceries, I’ve decided to get myself some mosquito-repelling plants.
May 3, 2019
Finally, Something You Can Actually Grow In Your Pitch Black Apartment
If there’s one thing I could change about my one-bedroom apartment, it wouldn’t be the square footage or the carpet or the weird handle-less kitchen cabinets. It would be the lack of natural light, which sadly stymies my dream of covering every available surface with greenery and growing fresh herbs right in my kitchen. But it turns out there is actually one thing I can grow successfully in my cave of a kitchen: mushrooms.
May 3, 2019
Joanna Gaines’ Current Plant Obsession Is Perfect For Small Spaces
Joanna Gaines might be busy taking care of her newborn, Crew, but that won’t stop her from sharing advice for all the current and would-be plant parents out there. The summer issue of Magnolia Journal is out, and Jo has tips galore for her latest plant obsession. What leafy houseplant is on Joanna’s must have list? It’s the sculptural, showstopping staghorn fern.
May 3, 2019
5 Dirty Secrets Your Green Thumb Friends Don’t Want You to Know
Though it certainly feels like it when you watch people with the gift of making every plant under their care flourish, no one is born with a green thumb: There are only black thumbs who become green thumbs, and black thumbs who haven’t yet. If you’re in the second category, knowing these dirty little secrets hidden in the closets of your green thumb friends will speed you on your own path to that enviable star plant-parent status.
May 3, 2019
Before You Buy Another Plant, Check Your Local Library
Do you dream of fragrant green herbs sprouting on your kitchen windowsill? Cherry tomatoes ripening on the vine just outside your door? If you’ve got a least a little patch of sun on a porch or balcony, you can grow a container garden. But before you head out to buy seeds, you might want to check with your local library to see if you can “check out” a pack or two. Yep, libraries aren’t just for books and movies anymore.
May 3, 2019
Insecticidal Soap Is Our Favorite Solution to Common Plant Pests
Have you ever peeled back the leaves on a bunch of homegrown kale to discover hundreds of scaly little bugs? Those are aphids and the sight of them will make you throw away your kale and order pizza instead. And anyone who’s had a houseplant infested with spider mites will have been tempted to chuck said plant, pot and all, straight out the window. The damage they cause can eventually kill the plant, and the mites spread quickly.
May 3, 2019
Before and After: This Tiny Balcony Is A Precious Piece of Alfresco Heaven
One of our readers found herself in a familiar situation: she had an outdoor space (yay!), but it was basically unusable (boo). After just two weekends of work, this wannabe balcony has been transformed into a tiny, precious piece of alfresco heaven. Reader Abby Robinson was kind enough to submit this project.
May 3, 2019
Plant Swaps Are the Free Way to Add to Your Collection
Adding a few houseplants is a foolproof way to brighten up your decor while adding a aura of serenity to your space. Unfortunately, houseplants can get pricey, especially for big showstoppers or unusual varieties. Let’s be honest: it’s tough to pull out your credit card when you’re not sure a plant will actually survive your apartment’s environment, or the blunderings of your black thumb. But that doesn’t mean you have to live without indoor greenery.
May 3, 2019