Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.
New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.
by Melinda Myers,posted Nov 23 2012 4:14PM
Need a break from all the holiday festivities? Put your family and some of those recycled materials and cast-aways to work by building your own terrarium.
All you need is a 2-liter bottle, well-drained potting mix, some small stones, shells or figurines and a few houseplants cuttings, small tropical plants, moss or other slow growing small scale plants.
Create the terrarium from a soda or water bottle heading to the recycling bin. Remove the label using a hairdryer set on low to melt the glue.
Use a pair of scissors or utility knife to cut the bottle into a base and cover. Make the bottom deep enough for planting. Slice several vertical cuts in the cover to make it easier to slide the top into the base.
Fill the base with a well-drained potting mix, plant, and then moisten the soil. Add a few decorative features and cover with the top of the bottle. Vent as needed.
A bit more information: For more detailed directions click here. And check out Bottle Biology at http://www.bottlebiology.org/ for more ways to put 2-liter bottles to work growing, composting and learning about science and the environment.
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 States.
He dropped the mic right after saying that and walked off stage to a cheering crowd.
It's not clear whether they were cheering the announcement, or the fact that he was finally done talking.
I'm thinking the latter...
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 thanked everyone who made it possible, the way you do at awards shows.
And then she laid into Miley Cyrus, who had some particulary unflattering things to say about Nicki in a previous interview.
Miley's response was pretty much "that's the way it goes in this industry."
And that just made Nicki madder.
Watch the video...
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 pretty close to making that promise a reality.
I don't know. Maybe it's just bad luck they scheduled the VMA's on Miley's laundry day?
Check out Miley Cyrus & more stars prepping for the #VMAs: http://t.co/MfIFjCq6kf pic.twitter.com/mizL0Fd8Bf
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) August 31, 2015
OMG! You 2?
So, Amber Rose and Blac Chyna showed up at MTV's Video Music Awards last night wearing the same outfit.
I mean, seriously, they couldn't have checked in with each other?
Okay, turn out, they did. This was a coordinated effort.
Same material, different dresses, both sporting words and phrases that people - Amber and Blac would call them "haters" - have used when describing them.
"Whore," "Stripper," "Bitch," "Gold Digger" - things like that.
Some are calling it a blow for feminism.
Others are thinking they were mugged by a graffiti artist.
What do you think?
#VMAs: So is this a feminist statement on @Blacchyna & @DaRealAmberRose or seriously not? pic.twitter.com/ClkdO6ZHYL
— Bonnie Fuller (@BonnieFuller) August 31, 2015
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 happened Thursday night.
They danced to "Uptown Girl," something that Amy did at the end of Trainwreck, dancing with the New York Knicks cheerleaders.
One of these days, I'll get around to seeing that movie.
Meanwhile, I've got this.
Can Serena Grand Slam It?
The US Open in tennis gets underway today, and all eyes are on Serena Williams.
She's already won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year.
She's the number one seed at the US Open, and if she wins this tournament, she'll pull off a Grand Slam, making her the first woman to achieve that since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.
It would be fun to see her do it, don't you think?
To get you in the spirit, check out this video that the folks at American Express put together to celebrate the US Open.
They call it Rally on the River. It involves tennis, but other than that, I have no idea what it's about.
It is fun to watch, though, don't you think?
Just when you think you've seen it all, Kim Kardashian hits you over the head.
This time, she posted a picture to the Internet of her boobs - no worries, they're covered by a bikini.
It's the picture's caption that has everyone buzzing.
Two baby bottle emojis.
Okay, Kim, I think we get it.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 28, 2015
"I Wanna Be Trump's Running Mate"
The folks at TMZ Sports caught up with currently-disgraced former WWE champion Hulk Hogan on the streets of New York and asked him a very important question.
Who among the list of presidential possibilities would he like to face inside a wrestling ring?
Hulk flipped that question over and answered one of his own.
He wants to be Donald Trump's running mate.
It's not clear if he was serious or just goofing around. Which so far has been the tone of a lot of presidential campaigns, so the Hulkster could fit right in.
Yeah, That's Not a Dolphin
Seems like this has been the Summer of the Shark.
Another shark attack to report - no one hurt, so no worries there.
A woman was surfing in Morro Bay, north of Santa Barbara in California, when she looked into the water under her board and spotted a gray shadow.
She thought it was a dolphin - until it started coming at her.
Turns out it was a six-foot Great White, and it took a pretty good-sized chunk out of her board as she swam away.
Watch the story from a local news affiliate.
I'm pretty sure I'd take that as a sign to stay out of the water for a while. And by "for a while," I mean "forever."
Limp and Yellowing Leaves on African Violets
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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 the leaves. Then check for a white crusty substance on the soil surface or plant container. This salt buildup is from the minerals in the water and fertilizer. African violet leaves are damaged and often drop when they come in contact with this material. Scrape off the crusty white substance. Then water the soil thoroughly with room temperature water. Allow the excess water to drain from the pot. Repeat this several times at 20 minute intervals. Leaching the soil like this will help wash any excess salts out of the soil.
Some growers cover the rim of the pot with foil or a similar material to protect the petioles from the salt laden container rim. Others raise their plants in plastic or ceramic pots, with drainage holes, to avoid this problem.
A bit more information: Once you correct this problem you may want to start more plants. African violets can be started from just a single healthy leaf. Listen to my audio tip for more details.
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