Dreaming of a better work-from-home space? Try a tiny backyard office.

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With COVID-19 making working from home the new normal, and as people are realizing that this situation might go on for the foreseeable future, finding enough space and quiet to concentrate and get your work done has become a priority. If setting up your office at the kitchen table isn’t cutting it, and if you have the outdoor space, you might want to consider a backyard office shed.



a man sitting at a table in front of a window: Bob Clarizio, CEO and founder of Bantam Built, sits inside the light-filled INshed on Aug. 3, 2020. Clarizio designed the shed as a way to have a home office on your property. The INshed is about 100 square feet and is made out of standard four-season building materials.


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Bob Clarizio, CEO and founder of Bantam Built, sits inside the light-filled INshed on Aug. 3, 2020. Clarizio designed the shed as a way to have a home office on your property. The INshed is about 100 square feet and is made out of standard four-season building materials.

Tiny house builders and garden shed manufacturers across the country are pivoting to create home office structures that range from compact, prefabricated deluxe sheds to more elaborate

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70 Best Front Yard and Backyard Landscaping Ideas

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If you’re anything like us, you know that it’s not just the inside that counts—particularly when it comes to your house. Accenting the exterior of your home with natural elements, from flora and fauna to privacy trees, stonework, and water features, makes for a far more inviting space for your future guests (and not to mention a restful retreat for you!).

Here, we’ve compiled our favorite landscaping ideas in the hopes that they’ll inspire your next outdoor renovation. Let these backyard ideas motivate you to create your own beautiful garden or front lawn oasis without breaking the bank. From a perfectly-positioned rose arch that’ll give your home major English garden vibes, to a modern brick staircase dotted with flowers and a fabulous dug-out fire pit (s’mores, anyone?), there’s something here for just about every homeowner—no matter his or her design sensibility.

Of course, the best part of the ideas we’ve

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8 Ways to Use Dryer Lint in Your Backyard and Garden

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Dryer lint should be collected after each load of laundry to prevent a fire hazard. Here are some good uses for that debris in your garden and yard!

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When dryer lint piles up, it can become a fire hazard. In fact, 34 percent of home dryer fires are caused by failing to clean out the dryer, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. But before you toss that dryer lint, consider using it for one of these purposes.

  1. Start a fire. Dryer lint is flammable, which is why we’re urged to clean out the trap after each load of laundry. Collect it in a sealed jar to use as tinder the next time you start a fire in your backyard fire pit. For a self-contained fire starter, stuff cardboard toilet
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8 Tips for Throwing a Classy Backyard Garden Party

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Get your backyard glam and your guests having fun with these summer party ideas.

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the weather is absolute perfection. Summer is finally here! What better way to celebrate the season than to throw a garden party? Even if you have limited outdoor space you can still host a wildly successful outdoor soirée, you just have to be willing to plan cleverly and be creative.

Brew some iced tea, break out your favorite summer duds, and invite as many friends over as you like. Follow these eight simple tips, and you’re sure to have a fuss-free, classy garden party, no matter the size of your space.

1. Cover Your Bases

No matter how delicious your spread, no guest wants to share their hors d’oeuvres with unwanted insects. Protect your serving area with a hanging net, or place shoo-fly covers over platters and bowls

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Gardening + Backyard Gardening + Garden Tips & Advice

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Your comprehensive garden guide

Welcome to the Essential Garden Guide

The Essential Garden Guide was created to help you unlock the secrets of a great backyard garden. This information, originally created for professional and educational purposes, is the result of over 15 years of contributions from renowned agricultural institutions and extensions. There’s a wealth of knowledge here, and it’s only a few clicks away. And is now available for the iphone, ipod and ipad!

Start by learning about the basics! Find out what every gardener should know about soil preparation, watering, and garden care.

Explore a wide variety of garden fruits and vegetables. From Asparagus to Watermelons, you’ll find essential information for planting, plant spacing, care, and pest and disease identification and control.

Find new and exciting information by keeping up on all the latest gardening tips and tricks from the Essential Garden Guide blog or simply let your voice

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