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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.

Fall Containers with Dried Materials

Create an outdoor fall container made of items harvested from your landscape. 
Take a walk through your landscape and look for items that look good during fall and winter in your garden.  These will make great additions in your fall container.
Fill a plastic, fiberglass or other weather-proof container with sand or soil. Use wire to anchor heavier items.  Stick colorful twigs of the red and yellow twig dogwood and birch or contorted branches of Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick and corkscrew willow into the soil to provide structure.
Add some color with the red fruit of sumac, rose hips, orange berries of Mountain ash and crabapples.  Fill in with seedpods of Siberian iris and daylilies as well as coneflowers and Rudbeckia and dried hydrangea flowers. 
Add a bit of texture and motion with airy seedheads of ornamental grasses. 
A bit more information:  Use a basket or decorative container to hold your seasonal collection.  Add more seasonal interest by wiring some ornamental corn, gourds, or fall decorations to the basket or arrangements.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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