Gardening and Outdoor Living Tips from “Queer Eye” Designer Bobby Berk

Every day is Earth Day when you surround yourself with plants.

In my Mediaplanet article, “Queer Eye” designer Bobby Berk, who calls plants, “an investment to your well-being,” shares his home gardening tips and outdoor living tips.


Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Berk advised planning before starting a garden. “Do your research and you’ll be good to grow.” He said to consider location, the type of plant you use, and good soil. 

“You really have to pay attention to how the sun moves throughout the entire day and choose a location that gets at least six hours,” Berk said. “Using proper soil is also so important. An in-ground garden needs different soil than a container garden, and succulents and cacti have their own special soil needs, too.”

Spring Gardening Tips from the Big City Gardener

Kick start your spring with these gardening tips from Timothy Hammond, known as the Big City Gardener.

Here’s an excerpt:

Hammond says he wants gardeners to find their why. Why do they want to garden? For food? Fun? A way to relax or connect with nature? He advises new gardeners not to get caught up in what other gardeners can do, especially when looking inspiration on Instagram. Instead, start small.

“Don’t try to plant your entire garden,” he says. “Don’t wake up one day like, ‘Man, I’m going to turn this whole backyard into a garden.’ Just start with one bed, and then allow it to grow with you, as your love for gardening grows.”