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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.
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by Melinda Myers,posted Jan 16 2013 2:20PM
Whether you garden with your own children or those of family and friends consider making a portion of your landscape kid friendly.
Reserve a bit of space for a lean-to or teepee made from landscape trimmings or a sunflower house grown from seed. This allows the kids to be close at hand, but have their own space to dig and play.
Leave plenty of space for digging and play as well as planting, weeding and harvesting. A container of rye grass will quickly sprout and can be mown with kid-friendly scissors. This makes a perfect play area for action figures and dolls.
Bring the kids into the garden with fun theme-based designs. A pizza garden with Roma tomatoes, peppers, onions, basil and oregano provides the ingredients for you to make your own.
Or create a rainbow with ribbons of red, orange, yellow, green and blue and purple flowers. Have your floral rainbow end in a pot of gold marigolds or zinnias.
A bit more information: Bring in the butterflies and birds for kids of all ages to enjoy. Include plants that provide nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies and seeds for the birds. Add a colorful bird bath as a focal point and water for the wildlife.
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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