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Scarlet Lily Beetle
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Holes in lily leaves may mean the scarlet lily leaf beetle has moved into your garden. This European native was first discovered in North America in Montreal Canada...
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Starting Clematis from Seed
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Looking for a way to expand your clematis, or should I say as some prefer KLEM-a-tis collection? Try starting new plants from seeds this summer. Once the seedheads turn brown,...
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Improve your Lawn and Save Time by Sharpening the Mower Blades
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Save time, fuel, water and improve the look of your lawn by sharpening your mower's blades. Dull blades tear the grass instead of making a clean cut. This results in a dull...
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Downy Mildew on Basil
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Yellowing along leaf veins, black spots and fuzzy gray growth on basil may mean downy mildew has infected the plants. This fungal disease is carried on seeds, infected...
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Blanching Cauliflower and Celery
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Cover the heads of cauliflower and stalks of celery for that creamy white appearance and less bitter flavor. This technique, called blanching, prevents sunlight from reaching...
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Managing Picnic Beetles
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Don't share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest. Picnic beetles are small, up to...
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Anthracnose on Ash, Maple and Oaks
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Irregular shaped brown spots on the leaves of maple, ash, oak and sycamore trees could mean your tree has anthracnose. This disease is caused by several different fungi and is...
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Don’t Step on a Bee Day – July 10th
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. July 10th is Don't Step on a Bee Day. Celebrate this fun holiday by taking a moment to watch the bees busy at work in your garden. Did you know bees use dance to communicate?...
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Design Strategies for a Low Maintenance Landscape
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. A thoughtful plan or a few changes in your current design can help reduce your workload and improve the beauty of your landscape. Avoid the temptation to plant perennials and...
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Plant Broccoli, Kale and more Now for Fall Harvest
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collards, kohlrabi and other cool season crops now, for a fall harvest. These vegetables taste best when harvested during the cool...
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Goodbye, Dr. Huxtable... Hello, Mr. Hyde
It's one of the saddest falls from grace ever. Bill Cosby, one of the most respected entertainers of the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond, is now one of the most reviled men on the planet. To date, 46 women have come forward, accusing the comedian of...
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Don't Cry - I Dare You
Sometimes, you just have to give in and let yourself cry. The school chorus at PS22 on Staten Island sang a song in honor of a teacher battling breast cancer recently, and the video's gone viral. It's Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna...
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Shoop for Me, Bobbi Kristina
There's a video makiing the rounds in the wake of Bobbi Kristina Brown's passing on Sunday. It shows Bobbi Kristina on stage with her mom, Whitney Houston, when she was perhaps three or four years old. Whitney was in concert in Washington,...
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Hut One, Hut Two, Boo Boo BOO!
This is a pretty funny video. One of the coaches of the Ohio State University football team dressed up like one of the mannequins in the hallway at the training facility, and waited for unsuspecting players to pass. Then, he pounced! Most of the...
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Lime Juice & Sunshine Do NOT Mix
I've never heard about this medical condition before, but after extensive research - okay, I Googled it - it seems like there might be something to it. It's called phytophotodermatitis. Here's the clinical...
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Eyes Everywhere!
So a woman is sitting next to her hubby at a baseball game, (allegedly) sexting another man when a pair of young ladies over her shoulder figure out what's going on. It's the Braves versus the Dodgers on the field, but in the stands, it's...
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If You Plan to Fly - Ever! - Do Not Watch This Video
I'm already a terrible flyer. When I do fly, I have to buy another ticket for my flying companion, Xanax. But even he couldn't have helped with this landing. A KLM pilot brought an airliner in for a wobbly landing at Amsterdam's...
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Epic A-Rod Wipeout
Say what you will about him, Alex Rodriguez is still good for a chuckle now and again. Check out this sequence of pix as A-Rod tumbles over home plate - scoring in the process - in a recent game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore...
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Competing with the Kardashians?
Okay, we get it. Kylie and Kendall Jenner aren't really Kardashians, but they're part of the clan. They're usually facing stiff competition from their older half-siblings - Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. But now, competition from outside the...
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Best Headline Ever?
This may be the best - and by best, I mean funniest - headline I've read in a while. It's an article from US Weekly. Headline: "Snoop Dogg Arrested in Sweden on Suspicion of Drugs" Suspicion? That's it? Suspicion? And the...
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