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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.

Terra-cotta garden gnomes have decorated front lawns and gardens since the mid-1800s. More recently, cute Christmas gnomes have become increasingly popular in the U.S. as holiday decorations both indoors and out. Cute Christmas Gnomes Before they became a whimsical garden accessory, gnomes were mythological creatures in traditions throughout northern Europe. The appearance of these creatures …

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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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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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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 may ask yourself: why are mushrooms growing in my garden? Where did they come from? Quick answer: Mushrooms are a sign of …

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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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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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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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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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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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