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Make plans now to join Melinda on her famous Garden Walks at Boerner Botanical Gardens in 2014!

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.


Making and Using a Cold Frame

Get a jump on the growing season by using a cold frame. Build your own and be kind to the environment and your budget by using reclaimed wood and old window sashes or storm doors.
Most cold frames are 3 x 6 feet or sized to fit the recycled window sashes or other material used for the cover. Make the cold frame tall enough to accommodate the growing plants. The back wall is usually 18 to 30 inches high.  The front wall is usually shorter, about 12 to 24 inches, for greater light penetration.

Cut the side walls on a slant to accommodate the change of height from the back to the front wall.  Use 2 x 2’s for the corners and to stake your cold frame in place.

If possible, face the front of the cold frame toward the south for maximum light and solar heat and the back against a building for added insulation.

A bit more information:  Vent cold frames on hot days and cover with carpet or other material for added insulation on extremely cold nights.  Or use floating row covers to extend the season if building a cold frame doesn’t fit your gardening goals or construction skills.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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