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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.

10 Best Indoor House Plants for Clean Air

In addition to bringing a bit of cheerful greenery inside, houseplants also offer many other benefits, including purifying the air. While all plants perform this task on some level, choose from the best indoor house plants for clean air to achieve the greatest effect. 10 Best Indoor House Plants for Clean Air In 1989, NASA …

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11 Attractive Garden Path Ideas For A Beautiful Landscape

When updating your landscape, don’t forget about the pathways! An attractive walkway design can do wonders in improving the overall appearance of an outdoor space by adding visual interest or simply blending in smoothly with the rest of the landscape. Take a look at the garden path ideas below for inspiration and tips to beautify …

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Why Are Mushrooms Growing In My Garden?

Mushrooms in lawns and gardens provoke varying reactions, ranging from disgust at unsightly fungi sprouting through bark mulch to enchanted delight at a fairy ring gracing the yard. Regardless of your response, you likely want to know, why are mushrooms growing in my garden? Where did these mushrooms come from? Why Are Mushrooms Growing in …

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Creative Water Conservation Landscaping Ideas for a Greener Yard

For the average American family, outdoor water use accounts for 30 percent of household water use, and that number is even higher for arid western states. When you consider that the typical household spends $1,000 on water each year, that’s an expensive yard! To help you save money and the environment, here are some water …

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How and Why You Should Grow Food Not Lawns

What if, instead of being the source of a groan-inducing, time-consuming chore (mowing), your lawn became a source of food? Imagine ditching the mower in favor of fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and even eggs. There are many reasons to grow food not lawns, and the transition from grass to greens can be relatively simple. No …

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12 Fast Growing Vegetables to Plant for an Early Harvest

Whether you want to squeeze in another crop or two before the first frost or are eager to harvest veggies in the spring, it’s helpful to know about fast growing vegetables. These can also be useful for filling in gaps in crop rotations. 12 Fast Growing Vegetables to Plant for an Early Harvest Tomatoes, peppers, …

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9 Easy DIY Landscaping Ideas for a Beautiful Yard

When looking to update your outdoor space, you can hire professionals to do the work for you, or for a more customizable and budget-friendly option, you can slip on a pair of gloves and implement some easy DIY landscaping ideas. We’ve compiled a list to help get you started, as well as some simple tips …

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10 Thrifty Landscaping Ideas for Every Budget

When money is tight, landscaping may not be your top priority. Plants, mulch, materials, and landscaping services can add up to astronomical costs, making a beautiful yard seem out of reach. But a plethora of thrifty landscaping ideas exists that will give your humble garden curb appeal. Thrifty Landscaping Ideas Saving money often means getting …

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What Is A Raised Bed Garden? Tips & Ideas For Growing A Successful Raised Garden

After exerting a little extra effort on the assembly end, you can reap myriad benefits from a raised bed garden, the foremost being easy maintenance. Read on for an explanation of what is a raised bed garden, as well as tips and ideas for building and planting your own. What Is A Raised Bed Garden? …

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Hillside Landscaping Ideas For Easy to Maintain Slopes

If you have a sloped yard, it may seem daunting to come up with – and implement – hillside landscaping ideas. Hillside Landscaping Ideas Mowing and erosion control on steep inclines can be difficult, and accessibility for weeding and other maintenance is a valid concern. However, a hillside property presents the opportunity to create beautiful …

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