Steph Coelho

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 BobVila.com 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 BobVila.com, 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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JUNE 24, 2021 | THURSDAY
Solved! What are Biennial Plants?

Q: While shopping at my local garden center last weekend, I came across some biennial plants. I'm familiar with annuals and perennials, but what are biennials?A: A biennial plant is a flo...

JUNE 23, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
7 Common Tree Diseases and How to Treat Them Before it's Too Late

Like people, trees can succumb to various diseases. But since trees don’t cry out in pain, they can’t tell humans when something is wrong. It’s up to you to spot and treat a disease befor...

MAY 25, 2021 | TUESDAY
Solved! When is the Best Time to Trim Trees for Proper Maintenance?

Q: I have several trees on my property that are looking a little overgrown and could use some shaping, but I don't want to stress the plants during important periods of development. When ...

MAY 21, 2021 | FRIDAY
3 Surprisingly Good Reasons to Let Dandelions Grow in Your Yard

Most people turn their noses up at the swaths of yellow puffs that show up in the early springtime. To many, dandelions are intruders, weeds that ruin a perfect lawn, and an eyesore. To R...

MAY 14, 2021 | FRIDAY
11 Types of Bonsai Trees That Are Best for Beginners

Bonsai, a horticultural art that hails from ancient China, endures as a popular hobby and art form. Bonsai refers to the craft of cultivating, shaping, and maintaining trees so they repre...

MAY 12, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
Solved! What is a Perennial?

Q: I recently moved into a new house and want to start a garden. When browsing plants at my local nursery, I noticed that some were marked "annual plants" and others, "pere...

MAY 6, 2021 | THURSDAY
Solved! When to Plant Hostas

Q: I'm looking to upgrade my landscape soon, and easy-care hostas are right up my alley. But I don't want to mistakenly plant them at the wrong time. Can you tell me when to plant hostas ...

APRIL 28, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
11 Plants You Should Never Start Indoors

Save room under your grow lights for plants that need a head start. These veggie, herb, and flower seeds do much better when they’re sown outdoors.

APRIL 23, 2021 | FRIDAY
What a Hotter-Than-Average Summer Means for Your Garden This Year

The Weather Channel recently released their outlook for summer 2021, and it looks like some regions across the U. S. are in for a hotter-than-usual few months. Meteorologists predict that...

APRIL 13, 2021 | TUESDAY
8 Paint Mistakes That Make Your House Look Dingy (and How to Fix Them)

A new coat of paint is a perfect, relatively inexpensive, way to refresh a room. Years of grubby handprints and paws tracking in dirt can do a number on painted walls and trim. Not every ...