Monica Mansfield

Monica Mansfield is passionate about gardening, sustainable living, and holistic health. After owning an indoor garden store for 5 1/2 years, Monica sold the business and started a 6.5-acre homestead with her husband, Owen. She writes about gardening and health, as well as her homestead adventures on her blog at thenaturelifeproject.com.

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Articles by Monica Mansfield


A butterfly and honeybee on Canada thistle flowers. A butterfly and honeybee on Canada thistle flowers. A butterfly and honeybee on Canada thistle flowers. A butterfly and honeybee on Canada thistle flowers.


What used to be unwanted weeds are now considered for eating, assisting pollinators, and attracting beneficial bugs.

Fungus gnat on top of a flowering cannabis plant. Fungus gnat on top of a flowering cannabis plant. Fungus gnat on top of a flowering cannabis plant. Fungus gnat on top of a flowering cannabis plant.


Fungus gnats are a common pest, especially in indoor gardens. Fortunately,they are fairly easy to eradicate from your growroom.

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Live in a tiny space but want to grow some of your own food? No problem.

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If we implement eco-friendly gardening techniques, and avoid harmful practices, we can make a positive impact on our environment.

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Monica Mansfield details five of the best strains to grow at home.

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Monica Mansfield breaks down what we know about CBD oils so far and why they continue to grow in popularity.

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With a stash of cannabis-infused coconut oil nearby, you’ll be ready to take on the world.

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Customize your cannabis experience by choosing strains containing the terpenes that best suit us individually.

Vegetables growing in an outdoor garden during winter. Vegetables growing in an outdoor garden during winter. Vegetables growing in an outdoor garden during winter. Vegetables growing in an outdoor garden during winter.


If we put in a little extra work later in the summer, it is possible to enjoy goodies from our gardens all winter long.

Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants Phosphorus: An Essential Element for Plants


Among the crucial nutrients for plant growth and health, phosphorus is vital in all stages of plant cultivation.

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Pollinators are on the decline, but by planting the right plants and providing shelter and water, you can help them make a comeback.

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Monica Mansfield shares her secrets for growing these increasingly popular plants.

5 Flowering Stage Tips for Cannabis 5 Flowering Stage Tips for Cannabis 5 Flowering Stage Tips for Cannabis 5 Flowering Stage Tips for Cannabis


The vegetative stage is complete and your plants are ready to flower. What you do now could result in large, flavorful, and aromatic buds...

Beneficial Microbes: A Closer Look at the Microbes Living Around Your Plants’ Roots Beneficial Microbes: A Closer Look at the Microbes Living Around Your Plants’ Roots Beneficial Microbes: A Closer Look at the Microbes Living Around Your Plants’ Roots Beneficial Microbes: A Closer Look at the Microbes Living Around Your Plants’ Roots


There is an entire world living in the soil, with a complete cast of characters eating, reproducing, and providing food for the plants we...

Photograph of squash and other plants growing in an outdoor garden bed. Photograph of squash and other plants growing in an outdoor garden bed. Photograph of squash and other plants growing in an outdoor garden bed. Photograph of squash and other plants growing in an outdoor garden bed.


Permaculture utilizes connections between plants, insects, animals, and soil biology to create a thriving ecosystem with minimal input from...

Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass. Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass. Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass. Young girl examining plants in a raised garden bed through a magnifying glass.


Not all traditional companion planting recommendations hold up to modern day science, but some do. Monica Mansfield pored through numerous...

Photo of flowering cannabis plants. Photo of flowering cannabis plants. Photo of flowering cannabis plants. Photo of flowering cannabis plants.


We scoured the dispensaries and found 10 of the coolest cannabis strain names out there.

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New to extracts and concentrates? Don’t stress. Monica Mansfield explains the many ways to consume these products depending on the...

How to Plan a Greenhouse Garden How to Plan a Greenhouse Garden How to Plan a Greenhouse Garden How to Plan a Greenhouse Garden


With proper planning and design, a greenhouse can add a whole new dimension to your garden.

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Nematodes are among the oldest organisms on the planet and can either destroy a garden or help it thrive. Monica Mansfield gives us some...

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It’s never a good thing when you’ve consumed too much cannabis and begin greening out. It can be downright scary, but there are ways to...

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Though it isn’t quite time to get back into the garden, it’s a good time to get ready for the outdoor growing season by starting your seeds...

Growroom Climate Hydroponics Growroom Climate Hydroponics Growroom Climate Hydroponics Growroom Climate Hydroponics


When dialing in the climate in your greenhouse, think about Goldilocks. The temperature shouldn’t be too hot or too cold, the air shouldn’t...

Hydroponic Nutrient Management Hydroponic Nutrient Management Hydroponic Nutrient Management Hydroponic Nutrient Management


When you choose to grow hydroponically, it becomes your responsibility to ensure your plants are receiving what they need to be healthy and...

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Manure is known to be an effective fertilizer in the garden, but there is considerable science behind effective application.

Can Cannabis Treat Epilepsy? Can Cannabis Treat Epilepsy? Can Cannabis Treat Epilepsy? Can Cannabis Treat Epilepsy?


More research is needed, but early indications suggest cannabis can help reduce epileptic seizures in people. Monica Mansfield explores...

Canna We All Be Happy? Joanna Clifton’s Story Canna We All Be Happy? Joanna Clifton’s Story Canna We All Be Happy? Joanna Clifton’s Story Canna We All Be Happy? Joanna Clifton’s Story


In pain, numb and depressed, Joanna Clifton spent years feeling unfulfilled and emotionless. She eventually turned to cannabis oil to ease...

Q&A by Monica Mansfield


Gardener tilling soil with a garden fork. Gardener tilling soil with a garden fork. Gardener tilling soil with a garden fork. Gardener tilling soil with a garden fork.


Hi Angelique,Thank you for your question. The short answer is that either method will work, but tilling does harm your soil over time and...

What is the ideal humidity level for leafy greens? What is the ideal humidity level for leafy greens? What is the ideal humidity level for leafy greens? What is the ideal humidity level for leafy greens?


Hi Preston,Thank you for your question. The ideal relative humidity for growing leafy greens is 50-70 percent. To prevent mold and mildew...

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You already touched on the importance of your fertilizer program, so first and foremost, be sure you have that dialed in. Choose...

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