Nature in the Days of the Coronavirus

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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.

Grilling

Grills are getting a whole lot more use as “going out to eat” just requires stepping out the back door.

CR TIPS

Paul Hope, a CR home writer and classically trained chef, shares secrets for grilling vegetables.

FIND A GREAT GRILL

Best Gas Grills
Best Charcoal Grills
Best Pellet Grills

WHAT’S COOKING IN YOUR BACKYARD

@bluerhinoco

@the_southerntransplants

@zimmysnook

@my.cooking.profile

@bbqbrowny

@localseverywhere

@simmonsx6tv

@can2_bbq

@youngjamesbbq

Gardening

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.

CR TIPS

Courtney Pennicooke, a CR home improvement tester, shows off his ultra-creative recycling approach to get beautiful gardens.

THE RIGHT MOWER FOR YOUR LAWN

Best Lawn Mowers and Tractors
Best Lawn Mowers for Small Yards
Battery-Powered Lawn Mowers

WHAT’S GROWING IN YOUR BACKYARD

@good_life_garden

@rl.lester

@itsjanetswan

@maliamharmon

@sreshtaphotography

@mydreamcanvas

@mustseemarie

@acharyashunya

@seasonsinmind

Planting Indoors

Some of the most awe-inspiring green spaces can be found on windowsills and balconies.

CR TIPS

Digital designer Whitney Baumann explains how simple it is to start a hydroponic garden.

BUILD A BETTER INDOOR ENVIRONMENT

Best Air Purifiers
Water Filter Pitchers
Are Herbs Good for Your Health?

WHAT’S GROWING IN YOUR HOME

@sambhavpriyanka

@rococogadget/

@cywill972

@theplant.nook

@takashoo

@house.plantsuk

@rjkarunungan

@happymatity

@home_full_of_recipes

Playing Outside

Families are figuring out creative ways to get exercise, stay productive, and have fun while sheltering in place.

CR TIPS

CR registered dietitian Amy Keating shares tips on simple composting.

TOOLS TO STAY IN SHAPE

How to Keep Fit During the Coronavirus
Best Fitness Trackers
How Much Exercise Do You Need?

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR BACKYARD

@tatezcellist

@kamesh_munu

@ramunas_zilys_calisthenics

@ganga.lifting

@tiedye_chik

@rollors

@playgosports

@coach_ria_mestiza

@quako1975

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