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Add a Bit of Patriot Flare to Your Garden
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Add a little patriot flare to the garden with a bit of paint, a few flags and a few new plants. Don't worry if you didn't plant a patriotic-themed garden for our national...
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National Camera Day
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Celebrate National Camera day by spending a bit of time in your garden or favorite landscape.   Many gardeners use their camera to record their successes, favorite...
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Wilted Plant Leaves
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Stop, put down the hose and make sure that wilted plant needs more, not less water before turning on the faucet. Wilted leaves are the clue many gardeners use to determine when...
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Abnormal Growth on Rose plants: Rose Rosette
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Abnormally red leaves and stems, deformed leaves and fine twiggy growth may mean the Rose Rosette virus has infected your rose plant.    A very tiny mite spreads...
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Managing Mosquitoes - National Mosquito Control Awareness Week
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape. Here...
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Divide Spring Flowering Bulbs
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Improve next spring’s bulb garden with a bit of late spring maintenance. Digging, dividing and replanting will help improve the beauty and performance of many spring...
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Use Row Cover for Chemical-Free Insect Control
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Prevent insect damage on your vegetables with the help of floating row covers. These spun fabrics let air, light and water through, but prevent many insects from reaching the...
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Celebrate National Pollinators Week
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Celebrate national Pollinator Week by lending a helping hand to bees, butterflies, beetles, birds and bats that help pollinate our gardens, so we have seeds, fruits and...
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Father’s Day Garden Gift Ideas
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Combine a bit of gardening and your imagination to create a memorable gift for Father’s Day.   If dad likes to grill, plant a pot of his favorite grilling herbs. ...
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Start a Garden Journal Now
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Inspiration, motivation and the ideal time to implement the plan do not always coincide. So what is a gardener to do? Start a garden journal.   I talk a lot about recording...
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The Mix Insider
Alex Trebek Goes All Fresh Prince
On Jeopardy! the other night, the category was TV. Dollar value: $800. Clue: "In the theme to this 90's sitcom, "I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8, & I yelled to the cabbie, 'Yo, Homes, smell ya later!'" Correct answer, and sort...
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Freddie Not Impressed by Kanye
Yesterday, we took a look at the abomination others called Kanye West's cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." We weren't the only ones who were thinking that. Check out this amazing mashup of Freddie Mercury "reacting" to Kanye's...
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Tackle Made by Number 99, JJ Watt!
Sunday night in Milwaukee, an overzealous fan crashed the stage during a Zac Brown concert. He was dancing a little too close to the band, having a great old time, and never saw what hit him and leveled him on the stage. What did hit...
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What Say You on The Donald, Jon Stewart?
Okay, this one's a few days old, but well worth watching. On The Daily Show the other night, Jon Stewart was beside himself on the news that Donald Trump hadn't yet officially filed his paperwork to seal the deal on his presidential...
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"Once You've Had One, You Can't Have Another"
Chris Pratt put on his best Jason Statham face and outfit on Saturday Night Live to do a promo for Jason Statham's Jason Steakums. Funny idea. Halfway decent impression. But a pretty lame bit. Which could explain why they cut it from the...
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Happy Anniversary, Let's Break Up
Say it ain't so, BenJen! On Monday, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Yesterday, they announced they'll be filing for divorce... Think maybe somebody was so wrapped up in being Batman, he forgot...
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From the Mouths of Babes
We're talking babes as in young folks here, so please try to follow along. The phrase means that young children often speak with great wisdom. So who better to consult about the Supreme Court's decision last week about marriage equality,...
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"If It Happens Fast, It's Almost Lethal"
Chris Farley became famous superfast, thanks to his tenure on Saturday Night Live. And it seems like he left the planet just as quickly - some say a victim of his fame. He was only 33 when he died of a drug overdose in 1997. Now there's a...
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Why, Kanye, Why?
By now, you've probably heard that - despite 150,000 petition signers who begged for it not to happen - Kanye West headlined the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend. He got stage-stormed by a local comic - that was pretty cool, him getting a...
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Ain't No Strings on Me
This may be one of the weirdest movie mash-ups of all time. Perhaps proof positive that some people have too much time on their hands? Take a classic like The Wizard of Oz, and mix it up with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and what do you...
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