Steph Coelho


Name: Steph Coelho

Title: Contributing Writer 

Steph Coelho is a freelance writer and editor whose favorite place in her home is the kitchen. She started out as a contributor in April 2019 and has been writing about lifestyle topics since 2017. She has an eye for design but has a particular soft spot for midcentury details. 

Expertise and Experience

Steph has been gardening for over 10 years and previously worked on educational garden-related programming for nonprofits and community centers. During the pandemic, she took up an indoor gardening hobby and now grows her favorite herbs and greens right inside her kitchen. 

In addition to writing for, she also has bylines with Hunker, Healthline, Greatist, WaPo, Insider, and more. She is also an experienced product tester and reviewer, specializing in kitchen goods, garden items, and smart tech.

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JULY 27, 2021 | TUESDAY
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JULY 26, 2021 | MONDAY
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Q: My partner and I have an ongoing disagreement about the right temperature setting for the heat during the coldest months of the year. How can we get the most energy savings? What’s the...

JULY 22, 2021 | THURSDAY
How To: Get Rid of Thrips

Many garden pests are easy to spot, but thrips often evade detection until they’ve completely taken over. This is due to their small size—less than 1/20 of an inch long. Despite their min...

JULY 13, 2021 | TUESDAY
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JULY 2, 2021 | FRIDAY
How To: Split Hostas for More (Free!) Landscaping Foliage

Hostas are a common sight in gardens and landscaping across North America. They’re low-maintenance and fine with partial sun conditions. Although hostas don’t produce the showy flowers co...

JUNE 24, 2021 | THURSDAY
Solved! What Your Plants' Yellow Leaves Mean, and How to Fix Them

Q: I purchased my first houseplant a few months ago, and things were going great. But recently its leaves have started to turn yellow. What's wrong with my plant; am I doing something wro...