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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.
by Melinda Myers,posted Aug 24 2012 10:34AM
Pluck a few flower petals and add flavor and color to your favorite salad, beverage, or jelly. Start by making sure the flowers you select are edible and pesticide free. Remove the pistils and stamens to avoid the bitter flavor of pollen.
Nasturtium leaves and flowers can be used in salads to add color and a little zip. Or stuff these and daylily blooms with cream cheese for a fun garden appetizer.
Eat daylily buds fresh from the garden or boil them like snap beans, add a little butter, and serve. Or batter and fry daylily and squash flowers for a floral tempura.
Calendula gets its common name “pot marigold,” from the fact the flowers resemble a marigold and were used to season soups and stews that are typically cooked in pots.
Freeze a few pansy flowers in ice and add them to lemonade or sparkling water to add a gourmet touch to any meal.
A bit more information: As your garden comes alive with color try including a few blossoms in your salads, stir fries, and other dishes. Clary sage, Fuchsia, chives, gladiolus, hyssop, lemon, orange, peony, plum, redbud, rose of Sharon, spiderwort, strawberry, and yucca are just a few of the edible flowers to include. And don’t forget the weeds. The leaves of purslane and both the leaves and flowers of dandelions and chickweeds can be used.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)