Homemade Planters With Everyday Recycled Materials

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Spring is on its way, and it’s the perfect time to give your space a refresh with a bit of live green décor! If plant care feels intimidating to you or your previous attempts to keep your houseplants happy have caused you to label yourself a “brown thumb,” fear not! Below is a list of resources to teach you plenty of gardening tips and tricks that will help you ease into planting and potting. And if gardening still isn’t your thing, feel free to stick an artificial plant or two into one of the DIY planters you can learn to make on our YouTube channel @clpvideo. We won’t tell anyone it’s fake if you don’t!

Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home

No yard? No problem. With more than 80 percent of the American population living in urban areas, Urban Pantry author Amy Pennington details how to start your own garden in the heart of the city. Whether you’re a veteran gardener or a novice getting your hands dirty for the first time, this book provides hands-on advice to start using urban space in a sustainable, efficient and inexpensive manner. Learn how to creatively grow squash on windowsills, flowers in planter boxes and cucumbers on trellises: every inch of your home offers an opportunity for something planted, pickled or preserved. Be a part of the rapidly growing do-it-yourself movement! Pennington’s friendly voice paired with Kate Bingham-Burt’s illustrations make greener living an accessible reality.

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Continuous Container Gardens: Swap in the Plants of the Season To Create Fresh Designs Year-Round

Tired of container gardens that look great in the summer but not the rest of the year? Garden designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins offer an innovative system for creating stylish container gardens that can change with the seasons with minimal fuss. They begin with a “main-stage” plant–a woody plant, garden ornament or eye-catching perennial–and then add a secondary player for texture and variety. As the seasons change, they show how easy it is to swap plants in and out for a dynamic display that looks great year-round. Their simple approach yields endless variations, seasonal bursts of color and varied textures that echo the ever-changing beauty of nature. The book features designs for twelve containers, each with a unique plan for swapping plants every season, for a total of 48 exciting looks.

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Earth-Friendly Earth Day Crafts

Crafty readers will delight in celebrating Earth Day by making age-appropriate, Earth-themed projects from odds and ends they already have! Turn recycled paper into a beautiful bloom barrette, give old shoes new life with painted shark portraits and build a beehive out of used straws. Easy to follow steps and color photographs provide inspiration and guidance as you create. Step-by-step instructions pair with photos of in-progress and finished crafts. Extend learning with additional photos of how to make each project, accessible online via QR code.

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How Not To Kill Your Houseplant

You had one job: watering your new plant. But it’s been a week and it’s already dying. Fear not! This helpful guide is here to show you how to rescue your plants. Follow the survival tips outlined in this book and you’ll be on your way to having your home brimming with green life. It’s absolutely possible not to assassinate your houseplant-all you need is this book!

Also available on OverDrive.

Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers

Outdoor style often comes at a high price, but it doesn’t have to. This lushly designed guide empowers you to create your own show-stopping containers made from everyday materials such as concrete, plastic, metal, terracotta, rope, driftwood and fabric. The 23 step-by-step projects are affordable, made from accessible materials and, most importantly, gorgeous. They include new spins on old favorites, like the cinderblock garden made popular by design blogs or hanging planters made from enamelware bowls, along with never-before-seen ideas like a chimney flue planter and wall planters made from paint cans. Packed with color photographs and simple instruction, Potted is for anyone who wants to turn an outdoor space into a stylish oasis.

Also available on Hoopla and OverDrive.

The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants That Everyone Can Grow

Eliminate the gardening guesswork with indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable and readily available. Like hoya, a low-maintenance plant whose spectacular spring and summer blossoms actually thrive on neglect. Or Ficus elastica (also known as rubber tree) whose pink and gray leaves will brighten even the most challenging windowless environment. And cast iron plant, an old favorite that remains beautiful in a shady corner, even after weeks without water. In addition to plant profiles with concise information on water, light and blooming times, this gorgeous book includes tips on care, maintenance and ideas for combining houseplants in eye-catching indoor displays.

Also available on Hoopla and OverDrive.