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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.


Create a Collage from Old Catalogues and Garden Memorablia

 
Don’t let outdated garden catalogues and magazines go to waste.  Give them a second life by creating a colorful collage. 

This art form is not just for kids.  In Ellen Spector Platt’s book Artful Collage from Found Objects she shows you how to repurpose all kinds of items from the garden, junk drawer and catalogues.  The projects vary in skill level and style.  You are sure to find one for you and even your family to try.
 
Or use the plant photos to help you plan your garden.  These can be easily moved around a piece of paper to give you a better sense of color and texture combinations.
 
And, if this isn’t your style, pass them along.  Schools, churches, and daycare centers are often looking for pretty photos to work in craft projects.  Or contact horticulture students and master gardeners that may be interested in using the catalogues and garden magazines as a reference.
 
A bit more information: Get a preview of Ellen’s Spector Platt’s book Artful Collage from Found Objects at www.stackpolebooks.com
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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