First off, a big congrats to Ronni Bluementhal, winner of my Martha Stewart Clean green giveaway. I hope you enjoy tackling any spring cleaning tasks with Martha's new nontoxic cleaning product line. And thanks for being a fan of MNN on Facebook

And next, brilliant news! Spring arrives on Saturday and it couldn't come sooner. It's been a loooong winter here in NYC. I'll be greeting the change of seasons by stopping in at the Go Green Expo and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Both events are, most conveniently, running side-by-side this year so I'll be able to hit up the best in eco-living and home design in one fell swoop. I also plan on taking a stroll (and some photos) along the High Line since the weather as of late has been super nice. 

How are you ushering in spring? Need some ideas? I've found a couple of interesting ones — Dumpster diving, urban beekeeping, or sex toy recycling, anyone? — worth checking out in this freshly wrangled collection of green home news. See you next week.

The Christian Science Monitor has some hot buzz: Beekeeping has become officially legal within New York City city limits although adventurous urban apiarists have been doing the deed for some time now. 

The Wall Street Journal cleans house, spring-style. For real. 

The San Francisco Chronicle reminds readers of "Ways to recycle your spring cleaning trash." 

Re-nest sends out good vibrations to Rabbit Amnesty, a new e-waste recycling program in the U.K. dedicated to the collection and recycling of old sex toys. 

HuffPo Green plugs its nose and plunges in to a collection of eight videos that capture Dumpster-diving "freegans" in all of their anti-consumerist glory. 

The New York Times hits the stacks and emerges with three spring reads: Mindy Pennybacker's Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home by Sheri Koonesand Ecodesign: The Sourcebook by Alastair Fuad-Luke.

The Daily Green admires "6 Awe-Inspiring New Green Homes." I'd move into number five if they'd have me. Sao Paulo here I come! 

The Guardian lights some candles to reflect on Power Off weekends, events where participants cut the lights at home — and everything else — for 48 hours. 

The Los Angeles Times loves (and so do I) a luxe line of long-lasting, handmade planter boxes from Paul Robbins. Greenthumbs who like 'em too better be prepared to shell out a bit of green: they start at $950. 

TreeHugger loves a good fight. In the ring? FSC (the Forest Stewardship Council) and SFI (the Sustainable Forest Initiative). The latter group wants to be recognized by the LEED certification program but the FSC ain't having it. 

Michelle Kaufmann moves her blog to a new website. Looks great! Recent posts tackle bamboo flooring and air plants. 

Yanko Design takes a ride on a fun-looking (but perhaps flawed) design concept for small residential lawns and gardens that's one part John Deere, one part Segway: The Lawnmower Scooter. 

Photo: Sstrudeau

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Spring training
Looking for an eco-friendly way to usher in spring? Consider de-cluttering, reading a good book, turning the power off, beekeeping or, um, Dumpster diving.