Amanda Blum

  • These Are the Best Free Gardening Apps

    These Are the Best Free Gardening Apps

    While one point of gardening is to be enjoying the great outdoors, using tech doesn’t take anything away from that. In fact, I’d argue it enables being outside, because you don’t have to be tethered to paperwork or books—all you need is on your phone or tablet. Although I had long embraced using spreadsheets for…


  • How to Stop Birds From Pecking at Your Window

    How to Stop Birds From Pecking at Your Window

    While I appreciate the occasional check-in from a neighborhood bird on my windowsill, I don’t appreciate incessant pecking at the window’s glass. During mating season, male birds will seek to claim the best nesting spots in town, and your window sill might seem like a nice location. Under the right conditions, though, your window becomes…


  • Please Stop Doing These 4 Things With Your Robot Vacuum

    Please Stop Doing These 4 Things With Your Robot Vacuum

    I’m someone who knows a thing or two about robot vacuums. I set up a new one for testing a few times a month, and although each bot is a little different, they all share some common traits. While it’s true that some bots are better and some are not, a big factor in performance…