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
by Melinda Myers,posted Nov 26 2012 4:23AM
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.
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The two guys from A Great Big World stopped by the Mix studios to sing their hit, "Say Something" and it happened...I cried.
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Create a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
No, I'm not talking about smashing insects with the rolled up calendar. Instead, use them to develop a pest-monitoring calendar for next year.
Take a few minutes to review this year's garden journal. Look for notes on any pest problems you encountered. Make a note to watch for these pests in next year's calendar. This helps with early detection; a key to successful control.
Consider adding notes about the weather and control measures you tried that were effective. Try using preventative eco-friendly measures like barriers and traps to prevent problems. Covering your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower before the cabbageworm moths are active allows you to prevent damage.
Setting out shallow cans of stale beer will help you minimize feeding damage by slugs and snails during wet weather.
A bit more information: No garden journal? This is a good opportunity to create one that includes your growing successes, failures as well as pest problems. Use a spiral notebook, three-ring binder or computer calendar or spreadsheet. Just make it easy and fun. That way you are sure to keep recording, referencing and putting your gardening experiences to work.
For more gardening tips, how-to garden videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.