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Better Homes and Gardens March 2014

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gardens of every variety

Long before the calendar turns to March, passionate gardeners are planning. They pore over catalogs, review journals, and compile to-do lists in anticipation of the first warm days. Others of us wait for spring to give us a nudge. And why not? Garden love isn’t confined to those with oodles of time and horticultural knowledge. There are as many shades of gardening—and gardens—as there are greens in spring foliage. Container gardens deliver high impact from a manageable commitment. Big and small edible gardens bring healthy homegrown produce to our tables. And cutting gardens fill our vases for parties or for everyday pleasure. Even at the beginner level, gardening gives us the opportunity to grow beauty around us (and to have fun getting our fingers dirty). No matter where you fall on…

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win $15,000 and get organized this spring!

You can enter daily to win extra cash to tidy up your home with our Get Organized Sweepstakes. See details on page 150. Enter at BHG.com/WinReorganize Quick and easy eats HEALTHY SMOOTHIES Blend your favorite fruits plus bonus vegetables (kale, anyone?) in greattasting smoothies that make it easy to get a quick vitamin boost. BHG.com/HealthySmoothies WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Get dinner on the table—fast—with ingredients you have on hand. Our free Dinner Tonight tool searches thousands of recipes in seconds. BHG.com/WhatsForDinner BEST CHICKEN RECIPES Our favorite recipes featuring chicken breast—sandwiches, salads, soups, and casseroles—all in one place. These are sure to be a hit. BHG.com/BestChickenRecipes…

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in bloom

WHAT IT IS Spring garden party with Melissa and Addison Searles, owners of Twigss Floral Studio in Danville, California (twigss.com). THE BASICS Bring the party to life with lush spring blooms and flower-pattern accents. TABLETOP TIP “Anchor the table with one large arrangement of flowers and spread out the rest in individual vases or pots so everyone at the table has fresh flowers to enjoy,” Melissa says. Free party kit Check out this no-fail plan to create a beautiful garden party. BHG.com/GardenParty PRETTY POTS Jute flowerpot covers dress up plain containers and double as great gift baskets. #16.50 for two; rockfiowerpaper.com SEED SWAP Make your own seed-saving packets with our free downloadable template. BHGxomjG arden Party COLORFUL CUPS These Moroccan glasses come in six colors to match any party theme. Kasbati Lust Tea Glasses, $60 for six of one color;…

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march

MOMENTS TO MAKE AND THINGS TO DO Happy days Whether or not you actually hop on a plane, we think everyone, everywhere, can agree to take a spring break for the soul. Grab a box of tissues and check out feelgoodblogs.com, a site that collects all the cute critters, heartfelt homecomings, and creative proposals you could possibly want. Or download Happier (happier.com), a free social gratitude journal app for iOS, to keep track of and share all the small, splendid moments in your day. 86% The portion of U.S. gardeners who grow tomatoes. Easy, tasty—they’re the perfect crop. This year, try a hybrid like Black Pearl or Tye Dye. Our experts predict these will be the season’s hot tomatoes! About time Daylight saving time returns this month, so we asked readers on Facebook how they…

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albuquerque nm

aka: The Q Population: 555,417 Order like a local: Ask for your enchiladas “Christmas-style,” that is, covered in both red and green chile sauce. Playlist potential: Major—it’s mentioned in nearly 50 songs, including our fave, the so-bad-it’s-good Partridge Family number “Point Me in the Direction of Albuquerque.” TOP PICKS Old Town Farm has given the you-pick-it concept a full-service spin. “Point & Pick” is just what it sounds like: You point to the tomato or other seasonal produce you want, and the staff picks it for you. oldtownfarm.com HOLE IN FUN This small city holds its own surfing the hyper-creative doughnut wave. Our pick for likeliest-to-develop-a-cult-following: Rebel Donut, where edible works of art are almost too pretty to eat. Bonus: The bakery ships cake doughnuts nationwide. rebeldonut.com MULTITASKING GETAWAY Historic inn, working farm and garden center,…

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book marks

Win a Kindle! Go to BHG.com/Win-Kindle on February 21st to enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite, upgraded with WiFiand 3G. See details on page 150. Meet: Jane Mount IDEALBOOKSHELF.COM You can tell a lot about a person by her book collection. In fact, artist Jane Mount calls her paintings “portraits of people through the spines of their favorite books.” You can find them via her website, blog, or book, My Ideal Bookshelf. When she’s not painting, Jane hops online to source her next read. “I love whatshouldireadnext.com,” she says. “You just type in a favorite book or author, and it spits out great suggestions.” Tech it out OYSTER BOOKS Love to read all the livelong day? This is for you. Pay a monthly membership fee and work your way through as many e-books as you like, on-or…