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Serena Manickam

Serena Manickam is a freelance editor and writer and sustainable market gardener in rural Virginia. She holds a BA in environmental science and runs Fairydiddle Farm, a small market garden in which she grows no-spray produce and herbs to sell at a local farmer’s market.

Celebrate Spring with Plant a Flower Day – Even with Snow Still on the Ground

Spring may still feel a long way off in mid-March, but it’s really just around the corner! And what better way to herald in warmer weather than by planting flowers? On March 12, barely more than a week before the spring equinox, we celebrate the coming of spring with plant a flower day. Plant a …

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How to Prune Tomato Plants – A Simple, Straightforward Guide

The conversations around pruning tomato plants can be dizzying! Some gardeners say definitely do, while others say don’t bother. And the methods vary as well: remove entire branches, cut just the tips of branches, prune at certain times, prune throughout the season, and so on. This can all leave you wondering not only how to …

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10 Outstanding Flowers that Start with O

Make your garden even more eye-catching by adding some of these outstanding flowering plants. Whether you’re striving to improve curb appeal or to design the perfect outdoor oasis, you’re sure to find something of interest on this list of 10 flowers that start with O. Annual Flowers that Start with O 1. Ocean pearls (Agrostemma …

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12 Notable Flowers that Start with N

Each flowering plant has its own distinctive traits, and all are worthy of our attention. Many of the outstanding plants in the list below have distinguished names to match. Add a few of these notable flowers that start with N to your garden for a noteworthy display of color. Annual Flowers that Start with N …

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What Is National Invasive Species Awareness Week?

Although not much happens in late February, a little-known yet important event takes place around now: National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). Whenever humans move from one location to another, we bring other organisms with us, whether purposefully or as hitchhikers. We carry the seeds of familiar plants from our homeplace to a new, unknown …

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17 Magical Flowers That Start With M

Sometimes the beauty of nature seems too incredible to be, well, natural. From water droplets shimmering like tiny gems on verdant, waxy leaves to brilliantly hued petals, the sights of a garden can make you feel as if you’ve stepped through a portal. To help bring another dimension to your outdoor space, add a few …

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