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.
Herbs for Grilling
by Melinda Myers,posted May 31 2013 11:26AM
Make it fun and convenient to add some homegrown flavor to your cookouts. Grow a few herbs in a pot or garden right next to the grill.
Include some rosemary. Better yet try the variety Barbeque. The foliage is known for its especially good flavor and aroma suited to cooking. Plus, the strong stems on these plants make the perfect skewer, something your guests are sure to remember.
The fine texture of dill combines nicely with colorful flowers and the flavor combines nicely with fish. Grow in a container and harvest regularly to keep the plant looking its best. And watch for seedlings in next year’s garden.
Add a bit of lemon flavor to chicken or fish with lemon verbena. It’s suited to containers and grows to 6 feet tall in zones 9 and 10. Harvest a few sprigs, gently crush to release the flavor and place on chicken or fish.
A bit more information: Use herbs when grilling your favorite vegetables. Basil, marjoram, oregano and thyme are a few that add a bit of extra flavor to your favorite grilled veggies. And don’t forget the chives. The leaves and flowers are edible and great on potatoes and much more.
Vote for your Favorite Flower
There is still time to cast your vote for your favorite flower.
The American Garden Award program is your opportunity to vote for your favorite of several beautiful flowers bred for the home garden. Some of the most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their favorites to enter in the competition.
Celosia Arrabona Red is a plume type cockscomb and it was selected for its easy care, drought tolerance and long bloom.
Cuphea Sriracha Violet is heat tolerant and covered with unique violet blooms from spring through summer.
Illumination Flame Digiplexis is a foxglove hybrid with spikes of red-pink flowers with flaming orange throats.
Last but not least is Petunia Anguna radiant blue. This new hybrid has blue flowers with a white throat.
So visit www.Americangardenaward.com today and cast your vote.
A bit more information: The 2013 winner was Verbena ‘Lanai® Candy Cane’ with red and white striped blooms. Santa Cruz Sunset Begonia was the 2012 winner. This cascading begonia is perfect for hanging baskets, containers or mass plantings. This is the sixth year for this program. Check out information on previous winners and contestants at www.americangardenaward.com.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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