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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.

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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8 Kingly Flowers that Start With K

You don’t have to be royalty to have a beautiful garden. With attractively arranged plants appropriate for your location, you can stroll through a spectacular landscape right outside your door. To help you start off on the right foot, here is a list of kingly flowers that start with K. Add some geometric boxwood borders, …

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Flowers From A To Z – A Sampling of Remarkable Diversity

The innumerable flowers of this beautiful world fill a spectrum of colors, sizes, shapes, bloom times, and habitats. With careful design, a single garden could contain plants that, collectively, provide nonstop blooms from spring through fall, and perhaps even through winter, in every possible hue. Imagine what a sight that would be, from the tiny …

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10 Intriguing Flowers that Start with I

Flowers undoubtedly add beauty to a garden, but they are also fascinating. A person could get lost for many long minutes wondering over the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistil of a single blossom, never mind its neighboring buds or foliage. What textures, colors, or scents do you notice when you pause to consider the individual …

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Best Weed Barrier Fabric – Tips for Selection and Use

The prospect of laying down plastic ground cover and then not having to weed all summer sounds too good to be true. So is it? As with many things, it depends. This article will cover when and how to use weed barrier fabric for optimum results, as well as the best weed barrier fabric to …

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How to Grow Sweet Potatoes – Tips for a Sweet Harvest

Although not common among household vegetable gardens, sweet potatoes are relatively easy to grow, with drought tolerance and few problems. These native American vegetables also last for months when properly stored and provide high amounts of vitamin A, C, and E, as well as calcium, potassium, and antioxidants. Plus, the entire plant is edible: the …

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13 Gorgeous Flowers that Start with G

Cottage gardens, xeriscapes, wildflower plots, and carefully landscaped flower beds all exude an undeniable beauty, attributed mainly to the plants chosen to inhabit them. If you are planning a new garden or even looking for flowers to fill in gaps in an existing landscape, it can be overwhelming to sort through the options. Here are …

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