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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.

18 Beautiful Flowers that Start with B {Pictures}

A remarkable number of flowers start with the letter B, so although I have included many of them in this article, I apologize if I missed a few! From lovely native wildflowers to stunning tropical blooms, here is a list of 20 beautiful flowers that start with B, organized by annuals and perennials for your …

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Ergonomic Radius Garden Tools For Comfort In The Garden

Based out of Indianapolis, Radius Garden designs lightweight yet durable garden tools that are comfortable and easy to use. On their website, they ask, “Why not make better garden tools that won’t hurt you?” In fact, Radius Garden makes a line of ergonomic hand tools perfect for gardeners with arthritis. Some of the most popular …

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11 Amazing Flowers that Start with A {Pictures}

What was that stunning flower you saw the other day? The name started with an A … Whether you’re looking for a specific plant or simply browsing for garden inspiration, here is a list of amazing flowers that start with A, organized by annuals and perennials for convenience. Annual Flowers that Start with A 1. …

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How To Care For Hydrangeas – The Ultimate Guide To Stunning Hydrangea Flowers

The large, showy globes of the hydrangea make it a popular shrub across the U.S. In addition to lush foliage and stunning flowers, this plant is also remarkably easy to care for. Want startling blue, hot pink, or deep purple blooms on your bush? Simply change the acidity of the soil! This article will not …

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Norfolk Island Pine – Care Tips for the Christmas Tree Houseplant

While most people pull their Christmas tree out of a box or purchase a cut tree from a farm, for the past couple of years we’ve simply moved ours from the dining room to the living room for the holiday season. It may not have quite the same charm as a cut tree, but it’s …

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How to Care for Poinsettias During the Holidays and Beyond

One of the most popular Christmas plants, poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is actually a woody perennial shrub native to Mexico and Central America. In their native habitat, these seemingly delicate houseplants actually reach heights of 10 to 15 feet. So how do you keep a tiny version of this shrub alive in your house throughout the …

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Proper Christmas Cactus Care for Festive Holiday Flowers

When I was in college, a friend mentioned something about a Christmas cactus, and I laughed, thinking it was a joke. I’d never heard of such a thing! Naturally, I received one for Christmas that year, and I was immediately entranced by its unique segmented branches and bright, festive flowers. Since then, I’ve learned that …

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How to Grow Beans in Containers – Tips for Delicious Bush and Pole Beans

Beans are among the easiest vegetables to grow, and they’re one of my favorite garden standbys. But did you know that they also make great container plants? No matter which variety you like best, you can grow it even with limited space once you learn a few tips on how to grow beans in containers. …

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Best Ergonomic Gardening Tools for People with Arthritis

I often find gardening to be a grounding, relaxing activity. But even as it soothes and centers the mind, it can cause pain in the body, especially for individuals with arthritis. Fortunately, many companies have developed ergonomic gardening tools for people with arthritis, making it possible to continue caring for your plants with minimal pain. …

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How to Grow Cantaloupe in Containers – A Vertical Growing Guide

No space for a sprawling melon plant? Good news! If you have a five-gallon pot and a sunny place to put it, you can still grow cantaloupe. This may seem like an odd plant for a container garden, but we’ll help you get started with tips on how to grow cantaloupe in containers, from choosing …

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