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Limp and Yellowing Leaves on African Violets
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Warm the water and eliminate the salt if your African violet has limp leaves that eventually yellow and drop off.   Use room temperature water to avoid cold damage to...
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More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Put away the saltshaker and season your meals with herbs instead.   August 29th is National More Herbs, Less Salt Day.  Substituting herbs for salt can increase...
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Faster Results with Trees and Shrubs
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   It’s hard to imagine and even harder to wait for that stick of a tree or small potted shrub to grow into a much larger and beautiful addition to the landscape. But we...
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Cancer Fighting Vegetables
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Cancer prevention starts on your dinner plate.  Well, actually it can start in the garden.  Growing your own nutrient rich cancer fighting vegetables allows you to grow...
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Reviving Neglected Houseplants
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Don’t send that drought stressed houseplant to the compost pile just yet. You may be able to revive it. Vacations and busy schedules may result in neglected...
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National Potato Day
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   August 19th is National Potato Day. This simple vegetable is the fourth largest food crop in the world with an interesting history. The potato was first cultivated by the...
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Wooly Aphids on Trees and Shrubs
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Aphids come in a variety of colors and some, like wooly aphids, look pretty bizarre with their white stringy protrusions. Wooly aphids are small pear shaped insects...
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No Tomatoes? Check the Weather
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   No fruit on your tomato plants? Blame it on the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm sunny conditions; but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting...
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Grow Nutritious Goji Berries
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Nutritious, flavorful, beautiful and easy to grow describes the goji berry. Consider adding one of these shrubs to your garden.   Goji berries are often called a...
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Low Maintenance Eco-Friendly Garden Tips
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.   Reduce maintenance and be kind to the environment with a few simple changes in your gardening practices. Be waterwise. Reduce water use by growing drought tolerant plants...
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Say It Ain't So - Please Say It Ain't So
A day after the Video Music Awards, during which Kanye West ran about ten minutes past his alloted two minutes, the folks at TMZ are reporting that MTV wants Kanye to host the show next year. Seriously? I mean, what did we do to deserve that,...
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Hello Again, Denali
Just before leaving for a trip to Alaska, President Obama righted what many Native Americans see as a century old wrong. The name of America's highest peak, Mount McKinley in Alaska, has been changed back to its original name, Denali. In the...
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Downton Abbey Wrapping Up
Are you ready for it, Downton Abbeyites? Your favorite series is wrapping up this season, which starts September 20. The folks at ITV released this trailer over the weekend. It feels a little sad, but a little uplifting too. Sort of like a...
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Just a Little Harsh, Wouldn't You Say?
So it looks like Demi Lovato's performance at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday wasn't all that well received. She performed outside the theater on a stage set up on there, and the people inside the auditorium watched on monitors. Demi...
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Hotel California, Sin Musica
This video's several months old, but I just stumbled on it, and it's worth sharing. An a capella group called Cubanos Acapella performed the Eagles' classic, "Hotel California." No music, except the music created by the...
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"Like That Little Cage is Gonna Help Ya"
Those sharks keep on coming. Check out this video of a monster shark leaping out of the water. You can get a sense of its size from the shark cage's pontoons in the foreground. The best part is the look on the face of the Australian Today...
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Yup, Almost Naked
Miley Cyrus told a guy on the street during a fake interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week that she would be hosting MTV's Video Music Awards in the nude. And judging from the stuff done leading up to the show itself, it looks like she came...
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Bitch Slap at the VMA Corral
You never know what you're going to get when Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus are in the same room. What you got last night at the VMAs was fireworks! Nicki was on stage, accepting her award for "Anaconda" as Best Hip Hop Video. She...
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President Kanye?
Oh yes he did. At the VMA's last night, Kanye West announced - after a four-hour speech (okay, maybe it wasn't that long, but it sure felt like it was!) - that he was running for president in 2020. Sadly, he means President of the United...
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Trainwreck, Live!
You're already having a blast at Billy Joel's concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Imagine how much more fun it would be if Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer jumped onto Billy's piano and started dancing? That's exactly what...
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