It’s April and Mother Nature is in full comeback mode. Flowers are budding, the lawn needs mowing, and some of us are ready to spruce things up with a solid spring cleaning. Get a head start now with books on how to dust and declutter, dig garden beds, put the phone down to play outside, and do better for our planet.
From apartment terrace to table—and every tiny space in between—gardening small has become a big deal in cities everywhere. Whether it's pots on the rooftop or tiered baskets hanging out the window, urbanites are finding inventive ways to grow incredible edibles in even the most vertical landscapes.
It's all easier than you might think—but there's definitely a science to it. What to plant, irrigation, container choice, fertilizer—with so many options, it's easy to get confused. That's why we recommend a little research before you get started (says the girl who grew loads of misshapen, garnish-sized container veggies before picking up some books on the subject).
Here's some of my favorite reads with expert tips for cultivating a thriving small-batch garden of your own. With lots of sunshine and a little luck, you'll be crunching your way through a healthy harvest in no time. And nothing tastes quite as great as something you've grown yourself!
I grew up in a meticulously clean home, where everything had a place, the décor was always updated in the latest fashion, and we ate a home-cooked dinner as a family every night. I had a Super Mom.
Me? I’m the girl who can’t figure out how to get the grime off the kitchen floor. I sweep up the dog hair only to find giant balls of it five minutes after I finish. I open a cabinet door and things tumble out.
Unplug and Get Outdoors
Do you DIY? With China's recent ban on international recyclables, you might be thinking twice about what junk goes in the bin. Here are a few beginner-friendly ideas on how to repurpose old stuff you'd otherwise ditch. After all, waste not, want not and what not.