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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.


Fold Your Own Origami Paper Pots

Recycle your old newspapers into biodegradable pots for starting seeds this year.  It is a money-saving activity the whole family will enjoy. 
 
In just a few minutes you can convert a single sheet of newspaper into a plantable container.  A link to my easy to follow directions, complete with diagrams can be found on the kid’s activities page on my website.
 
After making a few key folds you’ll be ready to plant. Fill your paper pots with a well-drained potting mix or seed starting mix and set in a shallow container.  Follow the directions for planting and care on the back of the seed packet. 
 
After the danger of frost has passed, prepare your seedlings for the outdoors.  Then plant in properly prepared soil, pot and all.  The newspaper pot will decompose, allowing the plant’s roots to explore the surrounding soil. Using biodegradable pots reduces
transplant shock and the hassle of managing plastic pots.
 
A bit more information: Follow these simple directions for more details on folding your own pots. Using biodegradable pots, like these, reduces transplant shock and the hassle of managing plastic pots.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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