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Most early spring perennials aren’t as big as summer bloomers, but they are every bit as welcome. Go for yellows for farthest visibility, and bolster the garden with tulips and other bulbs. All photographs by Matthew Bartmann.

New to gardening or starting fresh with a new space? Spend fewer hours and a minimal amount of money by tackling one small area of your yard at a time. Sally Roth shares her quick tips and tricks for beginning to beautify those problematic corners.

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Lush, plant-filled rooms are as stylish as they are rejuvenating, but it can be hard to care for an urban jungle. Add a splash of green and garden-inspiration (without a watering can, fertilizer, or direct sunlight) with these elegant, minimalist anthotype photograms from Caitlin Atikinson’s Plant Craft: 30 Projects that Add Natural Style to Your Home.

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Mayacoba Bean Salad

by Timber Press on January 26, 2017

in Food, Gardening

Image from Rancho Gordo, edited.

You may have heard of Steve Sando and his company Rancho Gordo from features and recipe roundups in everything from The New York Times to Bon Appétit. Thomas Keller of The French Laundry swears by Sando’s products, but the leader of the heirloom revolution says it best himself:

As you cook these heirloom beans and other grains and ingredients, keep in mind….what you are doing isn’t exotic and esoteric. It’s continuing traditions that are well-established for a reason….rather than constantly trying to reproduce English gardens or European wine, it’s nice to know what’s from here and discover ways of incorporating these ingredients into your kitchen. New World food is exciting, tasty, healthy, romantic, and possibly, easier on the earth.

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All photos by Kate Bryant.

There is no shortage of Pinterest-worthy inspiration for decorating with plants or books, but what about innovative ways to spotlight plants and books? Enter the magical, miniature worlds of Terrarium Craft. With two crafts combining plants and books together, our home décor can flourish with life and literature.

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Photos by Sarah Culver for The Chinese Kitchen Garden.

Chinese vegetables play a large, enchanting role in symbolic meals and traditions, especially around the Lunar New Year, which always falls near the end of winter and is the biggest celebration in Hong Kong, China, and much of Asia.

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All included images by Karen Chapman.

Even if the winter weather is keeping you indoors, it’s time to start planning your upcoming garden designs. With the fun and fresh combination of fir, bushes, lilies, and dahlias in Gardening with Foliage First, Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz show how the right foliage palette can make your garden shine with color and texture year-round.

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All images by Shawn Linehan from The Culinary Herbal.

Every January, hundreds of blogs spotlight the foods we need to cut out to live happier, healthier lives. Rather than denying ourselves, we want to use the #NewYearNewYou mentality to enjoy more of our favorite foods by mindfully integrating healthful herbs. With valuable insight from The Culinary Herbal and The Herbal Apothecary, we can all cook flavorful, rejuvenating dishes with these easy-to-grow plants.

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Large, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal spores. Image courtesy of Jim Deacon, University of Edinburgh.

Have you ever walked into your garden or through the woods to find a ring of mushrooms had sprung up overnight? In his third book on the soil food web, Jeff Lowenfels describes the reproduction and life cycles of fungi.

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Dionaea muscipula plants in the wild with the sundew Drosera capillaris. Photo by Nigel Hewitt-Cooper.

“Carnivorous plants are ideal anywhere sheltered and sunny. Apart from that, anything goes.” —Nigel Hewitt-Cooper

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Illustrations by Andrew Joslin.

“The idea came to me that we could be most effective in preserving our forests by making sure that each local area—at least each county—has a protected forest that is open for all to experience.” —Joan Maloof

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