Emily Estep Emily Estep is a plant biologist and journalist who has worked for a variety of online news and media outlets, writing about and editing topics that range from film and beauty to science and the automobile industry. Her plant biology degree has a focus on sustainable agriculture, and she's an expert on growing your own food, environmental sciences, and all topics relating to houseplants. Emily studied sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly alternatives to fertilizer and soil amendments. At school, she co-managed a student-run farm and its market. Prior to this experience, Emily received a bachelor's degree in journalism and wrote about topics in the entertainment, automobile, and beauty industries. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master's in Plant Biology from Ohio University. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.