20 Best Patio Plants – Lush Plants for Decks and Patios

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No matter where you live, you want to make the most of the good weather days. Spending time on the patio is even more relaxing when you add seasonal color and interest with container plants, window boxes, or beds of annuals, perennials, and shrubs. And since many plants attract tons of pollinators, you’ll enjoy watching butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds flit about while you drink your morning coffee or sip your iced tea.

To find the right plant for your conditions, observe how much direct sunlight your patio gets at different times of day: Full sun means more than six hours and part sun is about half that. Full shade means your patio gets less than an hour or two of sun, or only a little morning sun. No matter how much you fall in love with a plant, consider its needs first before buying it: Shade lovers can’t handle the heat, and sun lovers never perform well in the shade. Before buying shrubs and perennials, which return every year, check your USDA Hardiness zone (find yours here) to determine if the plant can survive winter in your region. See our favorite annuals, perennials,

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Best Homemade Fly Trap – How to DIY a Fly Trap for Indoors or Outdoors

Every summer, it seems like no matter how hard you try, your yard (or worse, house) becomes infested with pesky flies. These winged creatures are called pests for a reason: they feast on leftovers, crawl on outdoor furniture, and buzz all. day. long. While repelling flies is the recommended first course of action, sometimes it’s too little, too late. When all else fails, attract and kill them with a fly trap. While there are store-bought options that’ll get the job done, sometimes it’s easiest to take the more natural approach by making a homemade fly trap with common household items.

As soon as you see or better yet, hear, them, DIY a few of these fly traps and distribute them throughout your house and yard. That way, you’ll up your chances of getting rid of as many flies as possible.

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Luring flies to a trap is the hardest part. Luckily, they’re attracted to anything sweet — simple syrup, honey, and fruit — so you shouldn’t have to look too far to find something sugar-y enough to entice them. The Country Chic Cottage uses honey as bait in their fly trap pictured above, but old

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15 Best Bedroom Plants – Plants for Bedroom That Clean Air

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You spend a lot of time in your bedroom (at least eight hours every night, right?), so it’s important that your space is as peaceful as possible. And while candles and CBD can ease your mind before you hit the pillow, adding real plants to your space can also help up your relaxation game. In fact, NASA has found that many popular plants, like Dracaena and Snake Plants, remove toxins and improve overall air quality, which is key for a cleaner night’s rest.

Browse through these bedroom plants until you find the perfect option for your space, no matter how small. Even if your bedroom doesn’t have tons of windows or natural sunlight, you can opt for a tolerant houseplant that can survive in low-light conditions. Or if you feel like you don’t have enough shelf, dresser, or floor space to display greenery, consider hanging any of the vining options in a planter overhead. The end result? A cozier, better-for-you space.

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Snake Plant

Snake Plant’s vertical sword-like foliage is an eye-catching addition to any bedroom. This old stalwart, also called Sansevieria, has been a popular

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10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow

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If you’ve longed envied a neighbor’s lush vegetable garden, it’s time to consider growing your own. Believe it or not, starting a vegetable garden doesn’t have to be a huge feat. There are a number of healthy and delicious vegetables, including crisp cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots, that don’t require a great deal of effort to grow. See 10 of the easiest vegetables to grow even if you don’t have a green thumb.

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Carrots

It’s no secret that carrots are a good source of vitamin A. In order to grow well, carrots need soft soil that’s well-drained. If your soil is too moist, you can attract wireworms.

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Radishes

Whether you prefer them raw in salads or in soups, radishes are a versatile root vegetable. Like carrots, it’s best not to overcrowd the seeds, and try to aim for loose dirt.

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Cucumbers

When it comes to cucumbers, know that they thrive with loads of sunlight. They’re ideal for small spaces, since they can grow vertically.

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Lettuce

This fast-growing vegetable, which can tolerate a certain level of shade and moderate temperatures, is ideal if you’re short on space.

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14 Best Gardening Gloves – Great Long and Short Gardening Gloves for Women

Shopping for gardening gloves is far from easy. There are so many styles at so many price points, making it hard to choose the right pair for your gardening needs. Is it best to find an arm-length design to protect you from thorns? Should you shop for gloves that are made of a breathable fabric to keep you comfortable during warm summer days? Are the gloves with literal claws attached to the fingertips really necessary?

Rather than work yourself into a tizzy, understand that you’re not going to pinpoint a glove that will fulfill every gardening function. But the good news is that you can find a pair or two to suit your gardening style and all that you intend to grow, whether it’s pretty flowers or delicious veggies. Shop this roundup of our favorite gardening gloves online right now.

Best Overall: StoneBreaker Gloves

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These vibrant yellow gloves are another all-around good option for just about any gardening task. The durable leather is comfortable to wear, while the extended cuffs and Velcro closure help to keep your hands protected while working.


Best Overall for Women: Superior Garden Rose Women’s Medium Gloves

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How to Grow Basil Outdoors and in a Pot

There’s nothing quite like tasty homemade pesto, and if you’ve been longing to take your recipe up a notch, growing your own basil might be the perfect solution. Along with saving money on store-bought basil, this popular herb can easily be grown inside all year round.

There are a slew of varieties, although sweet basil is the most common. With its glossy leaves and spikes of white flowers, it has a subtle anise flavor and grows 1 to 2 feet high. The cultivars that are available all boast unique differences, from their appearance (there are purple-leaved types such as Dark Opal and Red Rubin) to their size and taste (some feature cinnamon, clove, lemon, and lime overtones).

If you’re up for adding this herb to your own garden—and using it to enhance your pesto, salads, or tomato dishes—scroll down for our helpful guide to growing your own basil.


Tips on Growing Basil

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Start indoors in individual pots, plant seeds outdoors when frosts are over and the ground is warm, or buy bedding plants. If you start plants indoors, heating cables are helpful, since this is a tropical plant that doesn’t take kindly to cold. Plant

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