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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.


Pet and Kid Friendly Houseplants

 
Houseplants make a wonderful addition to the indoor décor of our homes.  But those with young children and pets may be concerned about the safety of these green beauties. 

Fortunately, there are many non-toxic houseplants to choose from.  Popular flowering plants like African violet and Christmas cactus are non-toxic.  Even though the poinsettia can cause irritation it is not poisonous.  Baby tears, prayer plant, spider plant, snakeplant and coleus are also safe.  Visit the ASPCA website or talk to your pediatrician for a more complete list of safe plants.
 
Reduce problems and calm your fears by keeping all plants out of the reach of children and pets as much as possible.  Know the names of your plants so if one is ingested and you are concerned about poisoning you have the needed information for the doctor or vet.
 
A bit more information:  Other kid and pet friendly plants include:  Aluminum plant, Boston and birds nest fern cast iron plant, dragon tree and Janet Craig dracaenas, grape ivy, hoya (wax plant), jade plant, kalanchoe, lipstick plant, Norfolk Island pine, ponytail palm, sensitive plant, Swedish ivy, and wandering Jew. Increase your family’s gardening enjoyment by teaching children to never eat any part of a plant without the advice of a trusted and knowledgeable adult.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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