Home & Garden

This New Kit Makes Creating a Vertical Container Garden Easier Than Ever

This New Kit Makes Creating a Vertical Container Garden Easier Than Ever

By Andrea Beck | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden Maximize your gardening footprint with SkyPots, a new kit designed by a Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker that makes it easy to create a floor-to-ceiling plant wall. If you wish you had a bit more space for displaying your plant babies (and who doesn't?), you'll want to scoop up a new product called SkyPots that makes it easy to create a stylish vertical garden. It's the brainchild of Ryan Benoit, one of the co-founders of the popular garden blog, The Horticult. He also happens to be a BH&G Stylemaker. He originally came up with the idea as…
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Best, most realistic-looking fake plants for decorating

Best, most realistic-looking fake plants for decorating

By Lindsey M. Roberts, Special to The Washington Post Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden   As live plants have become more popular to own in the past few years, some people are finding that they either can’t keep plants alive or parts of their homes don’t have enough light. “The younger generations are really busy, focused on kid things, focused on their careers,” said interior designer Jennifer Davis. “They might not have the attention span to focus on live plants every day.” Enter the fakes, which are growing in popularity right along with real plants. In response to this demand, in…
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How to Clean a Stove Top, Including Tough Cooked-On Spills and Grease

How to Clean a Stove Top, Including Tough Cooked-On Spills and Grease

By Alicia Chilton and Hannah Bruneman Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden Spills and splatters are guaranteed in the kitchen, especially on cooktops. But don't let hardened food stains stand in the way of a sparkling space. Learn how to clean a stove top with these smart ideas for glass tops, gas burner grates, and electric coil burners. Of all the surfaces in your kitchen, your cooktop probably suffers the most spills, splashes, and stains. Worse still, high heat from the burners can cause messes to become baked-on and difficult to remove. Keep it looking pristine by spot-cleaning minor mishaps at mealtime and dedicating time…
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How to Hang a Christmas Wreath: 3 Easy Methods

How to Hang a Christmas Wreath: 3 Easy Methods

By BH&G Holiday Editors Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden Wreaths are an easy way to decorate for any season—but hanging them just right can be tricky. Whether you have a wood, metal or glass door, we'll show you how to safely hang your wreath without damaging the door. It's not the holiday season until you've hung the Christmas wreath with care. Christmas wreaths are a staple of the holiday season, providing customizable decorations that are gorgeous inside and outside the home. Hanging a wreath is an easy way to instantly create a gorgeous holiday front porch scene, but there are a few tips you should…
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How to Make a Vacation Home Your Most Lucrative Investment

How to Make a Vacation Home Your Most Lucrative Investment

By  Rebecca Deurlein | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden  #RealEstate Passive income, family time, handsome profits upon selling—if you do it right, your vacation home can do it all. These tips from finance and real estate experts will help maximize your returns. When my husband and I bought our first vacation property, it was 2004, and we had been looking for an affordable ocean-front condo for a long time. The minute we opened the front door and saw the expanse of ocean before us, we were sold. A month later, we placed the condo in a rental program and started collecting monthly income.…
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6 Essential Steps to Sell Your Stuff Online Quickly and Safely

6 Essential Steps to Sell Your Stuff Online Quickly and Safely

By Jessica Bennett | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden You could be sitting on thousands of dollars worth of resellable items. Follow these tips to clear out clutter, make some extra cash, and stay safe while you do it. If you've been storing furniture and home decor you no longer use or want, now is a great time to start clearing out that extra stuff. Before you set that old sofa or antique dresser on the curb, however, consider the potential resale value of the piece. "You'd be surprised at what you might be able to sell," says Natalie Angelillo, vice…
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6 Tips for Planting a Beautiful Container Garden Every Time

6 Tips for Planting a Beautiful Container Garden Every Time

By BH&G Editors Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden How to plant a container may seem a little daunting at first, but picture-perfect pots can be yours when you keep a few simple things in mind. As a bonus, we've also included a few plant combination ideas for sun and shade container gardens to get you started. Container gardens are an easy, versatile way to add color in your garden or on your porch. But there's more to it than throwing some begonias and impatiens in a pot and calling it a day. Aesthetically, you'll get much better results by varying the height, color, and texture of plants.…
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Neem Oil Is Your Organic Solution for Getting Rid of Garden Pests and Diseases

Neem Oil Is Your Organic Solution for Getting Rid of Garden Pests and Diseases

By Megan Hughes | BHG.Com Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden Use this natural pesticide on both your indoor plants and out in your yard. Scan the pesticide aisle of your local garden center and you'll likely see several products containing neem oil. They'll usually be labeled as safe for organic gardening, unlike synthetic chemicals. Using neem oil can be an environmentally friendly way to get rid of many garden pests on both indoor and outdoor plants. However, like any pesticide, it can have harmful effects if used incorrectly. Plus, there are a few different neem oil products, so it's important to know the differences…
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Confederate rose and Cherokee rose are distinct but different plants

Confederate rose and Cherokee rose are distinct but different plants

By Walter Reeves, For the AJC Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden Q: Are cotton rose and Confederate rose two different plants? In my mind, Confederate rose is a thorny vine while cotton rose is an upright plant. Carla Griffin, email A: Cotton rose and Confederate rose are the same plant, Hibiscus mutabilis. The flowers are white when they open but change to pink and then red as they age. I think your thorny vine would be Cherokee rose, Rosa laevigata, the state flower of Georgia. Legend has it that this rose sprang up along the Trail of Tears when our first native Georgians were cruelly…
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How to Wrap a Gift Like a Pro

How to Wrap a Gift Like a Pro

By Emily VanSchmus and Sarah Martens Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden Make sure the presentation looks as great as what's inside your present with all of our best tips on how to wrap gifts. If you have the perfect Christmas presents picked out for your friends and family, but you aren't sure how to wrap a gift, don't stress! Even though it sounds simple, gift wrapping can sometimes be difficult—so this season, we'll show you how to wrap a present you'll be proud to give. Plus, get our tips and tricks for making a classic bow to top your wrapped gift. All it takes is a few simple gift…
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