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As many of us are spending more time at home in the era of coronavirus, our backyards have become our havens, our places to stand in the sun or dig in the dirt. And green spaces go beyond the yard—a balcony, a window over a park across the street, or some houseplants in a corner. Any of these can put us a bit closer to nature.
Here you’ll find what some of us at CR and some of you are up to in our “backyards,” along with tips and inspiration on new ways to enjoy your space. Just click on any of the photos or videos. Share your backyard activities on Instagram with the hashtag #BackyardOasis and tag @consumerreports and we might include your post here.
Grills are getting a whole lot more use as “going out to eat” just requires stepping out the back door.
Paul Hope, a CR home writer and classically trained chef, shares secrets for grilling vegetables.
FIND A GREAT GRILL
WHAT’S COOKING IN YOUR BACKYARD
You may have noticed that everyone on the block has suddenly developed a green thumb. Get some ideas on how to make your yard, balcony or windowsill beautiful.
Courtney Pennicooke, a CR home improvement tester, shows off his ultra-creative recycling approach to get beautiful gardens.
THE RIGHT MOWER FOR YOUR LAWN
WHAT’S GROWING IN YOUR BACKYARD
Some of the most awe-inspiring green spaces can be found on windowsills and balconies.
Digital designer Whitney Baumann explains how simple it is to start a hydroponic garden.
BUILD A BETTER INDOOR ENVIRONMENT
WHAT’S GROWING IN YOUR HOME
Families are figuring out creative ways to get exercise, stay productive, and have fun while sheltering in place.
CR registered dietitian Amy Keating shares tips on simple composting.
TOOLS TO STAY IN SHAPE
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR BACKYARD
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