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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.

Bottle Biology

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.

For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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