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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.

How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers – 5 Tips For Success

Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most popular vegetables to grow in containers. Once you learn how to grow tomatoes in containers, you can harvest the plump red fruit from the convenience of your porch, balcony, or patio. How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers Growing tomatoes in containers requires choosing the right soil, container, …

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Creative Garden Edging Ideas and Tips

Although plants take center stage in any garden, the importance of edging should not be overlooked. Garden edging serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. It creates clean lines to keep grass out of mulch and mulch out of the grass, as well as to enhance curb appeal. In this article, we’ve compiled a wide …

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Cute Christmas Gnomes for a Whimsical Holiday

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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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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