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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.


Make Your Own Plantable Paper and Holiday Cards

 
Save money, recycle, and give a gift that adds beauty to the recipient’s life for seasons to come. 
Make your own plantable holiday cards.  All you need is recyclable paper, a sponge, towel, strainer, large bowl, spoon, and of course small flower seeds.
 
Tear paper into small pieces and place in a blender.  Use a mix of 1/3 to 1/2 paper and the rest warm water.  Blend until the mix is a slurry (thin sloppy liquid).
 
Add a table of cornstarch to stiffen the paper and make it easier to write upon.  Stir in seeds by hand.  Pour onto a strainer or screen placed over the bowl.  Press to remove the excess water.
 
Spread the mix over a cloth and press flat with a spoon or spatula.  Press flattened mix with a sponge or towel to help remove additional water.  Cover with a heavy item for half an hour to further flatten, uncover and allow to dry.
 
A bit of information: Cut into decorative shapes to adorn holiday cards, use as gift cards or bookmarks. Add color by including colored paper in the mix.  And be sure to include a family photo of everyone having fun making the plantable gifts.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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