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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.
Grow a Bog Garden in a Pot - The Garden Mix
by Melinda Myers,posted Jul 4 2012 4:05PM
You don’t need much space to enjoy a few wonders of nature. In fact, you can create your own bog garden to enjoy on your patio, balcony or deck.
Carnivorous plants like the pitcher plant and sundew grow in wet acidic environments known as bogs. Curly reed, elephant ear, chameleon plant and moneywort grow in our gardens, but also wet soggy areas in or next to ponds.
Once you select the plants, find an all-weather pot without drainage holes. Mix equal parts of clean sharp sand and peat to create your planting mix.
Arrange your plants to provide a pleasing display, making sure the tall plants do not overshadow the smaller ones. Set the plants in the planting mix so the crowns are just above the soil surface.
Grow in a sunny location and water as needed. Tap water is usually okay, but rainwater or water collected in your rain barrel, or dehumidifier will be even better.
A bit more information: Consider a water garden in a container. Many garden centers sell individual water plants or ready to submerge arrangements. All you need is a water tight container and plants. For more details see my tip on Container Water Gardens.
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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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:)