Monica Mansfield

Monica Mansfield is an avid gardener and the former owner of KP Indoor Garden Supply in Lakebay, Washington. She is passionate about gardening, sustainable living, and holistic health. Monica writes about these topics in a column for her local newspaper and on her blog, The Nature Life Project.

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How Spectral Light Influences Plant Growth How Spectral Light Influences Plant Growth How Spectral Light Influences Plant Growth How Spectral Light Influences Plant Growth


Whether growing indoors or outdoors, color temperature can have a major impact on your plants’ height, leaf size, and harvest

The Hills Have...Plants? A Closer Look at Hugelkultur The Hills Have...Plants? A Closer Look at Hugelkultur The Hills Have...Plants? A Closer Look at Hugelkultur The Hills Have...Plants? A Closer Look at Hugelkultur


If gardening feels like an overwhelming and back-breaking task, you might want to consider hügelkultur

5 Reasons to Start Your Own Bee Colony 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Bee Colony 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Bee Colony 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Bee Colony


Beekeeping is all the buzz. However, if you aren’t convinced to give it a go yet, here are five reasons you should consider starting a bee...

Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules Back to Eden: The Fruit is Sweeter When You Break the Rules


Fertilizer, water, and digging are cornerstones of any garden. So, how is it that Paul Gautschi breaks these conventions and still manages...

Silicon: The Non-essential Plant Nutrient with Big Benefits Silicon: The Non-essential Plant Nutrient with Big Benefits Silicon: The Non-essential Plant Nutrient with Big Benefits Silicon: The Non-essential Plant Nutrient with Big Benefits


Next time you’re browsing through nutrients at the local hydro shop, reach for a bottle of silicon supplements. Though not essential, it’s...

The Benefits of Geodesic Dome Greenhouses The Benefits of Geodesic Dome Greenhouses The Benefits of Geodesic Dome Greenhouses The Benefits of Geodesic Dome Greenhouses


There are many types of greenhouses to choose from, but geodesic dome-shaped structures offer many benefits over other styles. Geodesic...

Fix Your Brix: Grow Top Quality Crops with High Brix Gardening Fix Your Brix: Grow Top Quality Crops with High Brix Gardening Fix Your Brix: Grow Top Quality Crops with High Brix Gardening Fix Your Brix: Grow Top Quality Crops with High Brix Gardening


Growing food is good. Growing food full of nutrition and flavor is better. Often overlooked by gardeners, high brix levels are important to...

Build the Best Organic Soil for Your Growroom Build the Best Organic Soil for Your Growroom Build the Best Organic Soil for Your Growroom Build the Best Organic Soil for Your Growroom


Of the gardening styles, one of the lowest maintenance ways to garden is to use rich, organic soil for your medium. If you build your soil...

Take Your Growroom to the Next Level Take Your Growroom to the Next Level Take Your Growroom to the Next Level Take Your Growroom to the Next Level


A hydro shop owner discusses all of the ways she helps her customers turn their basic growrooms into super growrooms

The Power of pH The Power of pH The Power of pH The Power of pH


The power of pH in your garden is mighty. It can contribute to thriving, vibrant plants with high yields, or kill all your plants in one...

Grow Your Own Food Indoors Grow Your Own Food Indoors Grow Your Own Food Indoors Grow Your Own Food Indoors


There has been a resurgence in gardening lately, as more Millennials decide to pick up the spade and get planting

Your Guide to Ceramic Metal Halide Grow Lights Your Guide to Ceramic Metal Halide Grow Lights Your Guide to Ceramic Metal Halide Grow Lights Your Guide to Ceramic Metal Halide Grow Lights


Ceramic metal halide grow lights are an up-and-coming technology in the indoor gardening industry that come with many advantages. Here’s...

Creating a Clone Garden Creating a Clone Garden Creating a Clone Garden Creating a Clone Garden


Have you ever grown a plant that produced better-tasting fruits, nicer aromas and higher yields than your other plants? If you clone that...

Getting to Know Your Microbes Getting to Know Your Microbes Getting to Know Your Microbes Getting to Know Your Microbes


Beneficial microbes, including the all-powerful mycorrhizal fungi, are essential to the soil food web, and the most successful indoor...

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