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Harvest Fest 2014 9.26-28.14

Harvest 2014 with 99.1 The Mix!

Kohls Grand Opening 9.13.14

Elizabeth Kay makes a stop at the Kohls Grand opening!

Harley Davidson 8.29.14

Elizabeth Kay stopped out at the Harley Davidson Rally 8.29.14

Rasman's True Value 8.25.14

Kidd O'Shea stops out at the Rasman's True Value 8.25.14

Westown Farmer's Market 8.20.14

The MIX Street Team out at the Westown Farmer's Market 8.20.14

Zoo A La Cart 8.14-8.17 2014

Zoo A La Carte 2014

Class Act School Supply Drive 8.11-8.12 2014

99.1 The Mix hosts their annual school supply drive at the Walgreens in Wauwatosa.

Family Farm Weekend 2014

Family Farm Weekend at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Shoe Carnival 8.2.14

Kidd O'Shea stops at Shoe Carnival.

Bryant and Stratton 7.26.14

Kidd O'Shea stops by Bryant and Stratton on July 26th, 2014.

Steinhafels 7.19.14

Jojo stopped by Steinhafels July 19, 2014.

Westown Farmer's Market 7.14.14

99.1 The Mix had their Street Team at the Westowm Farmer's Market.

Bastille Day's Run/Walk 7.10.14

Kidd and Elizabeth host the Run/Walk at Bastille Day's! 

Summerfest Karaoke

The Mix team does Karaoke at Summerfest! 

Kohl's Kid Captivation

The Mix team plays games and hands out prizes at Kohl's Kid Captivation!

Mix Sensodyne

The Mix plays some games and hands out prizes at the Sensodyne tent! 

Summerfest - Lady Gaga 6.26.14

The Mix tent has a good time with Lady Gaga fans doing karaoke! 

Mix Sea Cuisine 6.24.14

The Mix gives out Summerfest tickets at the Sea Cuisine!

Gigi's Cupcakes 6.23.14

Elizabeth from The Mix gives away Summerfest tickets to lucky winners that come into Gigi's Cupcakes!

Pick N' Save 6.14

Kidd from The Mix stops at Pick N' Save to give out some awesome prizes!

Westowns Farmers Market 6.17.14

The MYX stops by Westowns Farmers Market to hand out Summerfest tickets.

Futbal Fest 6.14.14

The mix stops by Fustal Fest to hand out cool prizes!

Sam's Club 6.13.14

Elizabeth stops by Sam's Club to hand out prizes from The Mix!

Bliffert Lumber 5.31.14

The mix stops by Bliffert Lumber to hand out prizes!

Dells Stop @ Helium Trampoline Park 5.30.14

Elizabeth stops by Helium Trampoline Park to hand out Wisconsin Dells season opener passes and prizes.

Woodman's Dells Stop 5.29.14

Kidd stops by Woodman's to hand out Wisconsin Dells season opener passes and prises.

Woodman's Dells Stop 5.27.14

Kidd gave out Wisconsin Dells season opener cards. 

Waukesha Farmers Market Dells Stop 5.24.14

Elizabeth stops by the Waukesha Farmers Market and hands out Wisconsin Dells season opener passes.

Dells Stop @ Lynch Chevrolet 5.24.14

Elizabeth stops by Lynch Chevrolet to hand out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Passes.

Woodman's Dells Stop 5.22.14

Kidd gave out Wisconsin Dells season opener cards.

Dells Stop @ I-94RV 5.17.14

JoJo stops by I-94RV to hand out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Passes!

Dells Stop @ Laacke and Joys 5.17.14

Kidd stops by Laacke and Joys to hand out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Cards!

Dells Stop @ Skyzone Trampoline Park 5.4.14

The Mix heads to Skyzone Trampoline Park in Waukesha to hand out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Passes!

Dells Stop @ West Allis T-Mobile 5.3.14

Mark Summers hands out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Passes at T-Mobile in West Allis!

Egg Day @ Milwaukee Zoo With Elizabeth 4.19.14

Elizabeth hosts @ Egg Day in the Milwaukee County Zoo! 4.19.14

Daughtry Meet and Greet 12.7.13

Daughtry Perform after The Milwaukee Wave got a win on 12.7.13. Meet and greet was prior to concert.

First Bank Financial 5.11.13

Van gave out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Cards!

Lynch's Horter Chevrolet 5.11.13

Van gave out Wisconsin Dells Season Opener Cards!

Azek 04.27.13

Azek 04.27.13

Wheaton Fransiscan Healthcare 10.17.12

Elizabeth @ Wheaton Fransiscan Healthcare

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Making Flavored Vinegars
Liven up your meals and extend your garden enjoyment with flavored vinegars. Gather glass jars and bottles free of nicks and cracks. Use non-corrodible metal or plastic screw on caps or new pre-sterilized corks. Wash and rinse thoroughly then sterilize the bottles by immersing them in boiling water for 10 minutes. You'll fill the bottles while still warm. Place 3 or 4 sprigs of washed fresh herbs in each container. Wash the herbs and blot dry. Then dip in a 1 teaspoon bleach and 6 cup water solution, rinse with cold water and pat dry. Heat the vinegar to about 190 degrees and pour over the herbs in your warm clean jars. Leave about ¼ inch of space between the vinegar and jar opening. Wipe the rims and attach the lids. Store them in a cool dark place. Allow to sit for 3 to 4 weeks, strain and rebottle. A bit more information: Don't stop with herbs. Try creating fruit flavored vinegars. For more details on this and safely preserving your garden harvest, click here. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Drying and Preserving Hot Chili Peppers
Don't let those hot chili peppers go to waste. Use them fresh, preserve or give as gifts. Chili ristras are not only decorative, but a traditional way of drying and storing hot red chili peppers for future meals. Create your own ristra with cotton string, red chili peppers and a series of knots to secure the peppers onto the string and eventually the twine. Or dry your peppers in a dehydrator or on a foil lined cookie sheet in the oven. Wipe the peppers clean and spread in a single layer. Speed up the process by slicing through the peppers or dicing into smaller pieces. The peppers are dry and ready for storage when they are dark red, shrunken, but still flexible. Thoroughly dried peppers can be crushed into flakes. Or try canning, freezing or pickling a few peppers to enjoy throughout the winter. And be sure to wear gloves and wash hands thoroughly when you're done. A bit more information: Always label peppers at harvest. Some hot peppers, like Hungarian half sharp peppers, look just like the banana pepper. Try using separate harvest pails or labeled plastic bags to separate the sweet and hot peppers. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Landscape Plans & Planting Records
Fading plant labels and disappearing tags can make planning and maintaining your garden a bit challenging. Avoid these frustrations by writing it down. Use a piece of paper and sketch out the shape of your garden. Don't worry about the artistic value or scale. Right now you just want to capture the general location and name of the plants in your garden. You can fine tune the design when time allows. Write the name of the plant at its approximate location. Or better yet use numbers for each plant and create a list to accompany the plan. You may want to record additional information about each plant such as where it was purchased, when it was planted and the like. If you still have the plant tags you may want to keep these for future reference. Place them in a page protector or container or attach them to the garden map. A bit more information: Put your cell phone camera to work. Use it to take pictures of your garden, plants and tags throughout the season. It is a convenient way to record the information while in the garden. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Tips for Proper Tree Planting
Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants. Make sure the root flare, the place where the roots flare away from the trunk, is at or slightly above the soil surface. Dig the planting hole the same depth as the distance between the root flare and bottom of the root ball. Digging deeper can result in the soil settling and creating a water collecting depression around your tree. Roughen the sides of the planting hole to avoid glazed soil that can prevent roots from growing into the surrounding soil. Water thoroughly whenever the top 4 to 6 inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Spread a 2 to 3 inch layer of wood chips over the surrounding soil. And pull the mulch away from the trunk of the tree to prevent rot and disease. Wait a year to fertilize your newly planted tree. A bit more information: No need to stake most newly planted trees. Staking should only be done for bare root trees, trees with large canopies and small root balls, and those exposed to high winds. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce are a favorite tree of many gardeners. Their bluish green needles and pyramidal shape are a nice addition to the landscape. But several diseases can kill branches and distort their beauty. One such disease is Needle cast. It's usually not deadly, but it ruins the beauty and screening value the trees provide. Promptly remove and destroy infected branches to help slow the spread of this disease. Disinfect your tools with a one part bleach and nine parts water or 70% alcohol solution between cuts. Make sure your trees receive sufficient water during dry periods, mulch the soil and give them plenty of room for light and air to reach all parts of the plant. Copper containing fungicides are listed as effective against needle-cast and some formulations are considered organic. Proper timing and thorough coverage are critical for effective control. A bit more information: One of the other common disease problems on blue spruce is cytospora canker. There is no effective chemical control. Removal of diseased branches, mulching and proper watering can minimize the damage. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Moss in the Lawn
Moss gardens are a beautiful trend in the gardening world. But for many gardeners moss in the lawn and garden is a source of frustration. Moss, like other lawn weeds, is an indication of poor growing conditions. This unwanted plant thrives in shade as well as compacted, poorly drained, acidic soil. Correct the cause and you will eliminate the problem for years to come. Improve drainage and reduce compaction by adding several inches of compost or other organic matter to the top 6 to 8 inches of soil. Core aeration of the lawn can also help with compacted soil. Increase the light reaching the grass by having a certified arborist thin the crown of overhead trees. Only use lime if a soil test indicates your soil is too acidic. There are moss killers on the market, but if you don't eliminate the cause you will be fighting this weed for years. A bit more information: If it is too difficult or impossible to eliminate the cause of the problem, consider embracing moss as a part of the landscape. Many gardeners pay money for the very plant you are trying to eliminate. Add a few steppers for a walkway or add a few stones and call it a moss garden. Many gardeners in your situation have quit fighting the moss and embraced it as a groundcover. In fact, you will see moss for sale from several gardening sources. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Poor Garden Harvest
Blame it on the weather. This could be one cause for a poor garden harvest. Late spring frosts can damage the flowers preventing pollination. Cool wet weather reduces bee activity and extremely hot dry weather can also prevent flowering or cause blossom drop and all can reduce our harvest. But we also can be the culprit. Overfertilization promotes lots of leaves and stems and discourages or prevents flowers and fruits. Growing plants in too much shade can also prevent flowering and fruit production. Some plants need a male and female or two different varieties to insure pollination, fertilization and fruit production. Don't let all this dissuade you from growing your own produce. Just do a bit of reading and be sure to check the plant tags and seed packets when planning your garden and purchasing your plants. And if things don't work out – just blame it on the weather. A bit more information: Not sure if you have a male or female plant? Take a closer look at the flowers. Female flowers contain a swollen vase-like structure called a pistil. Male flowers have long, thin filament or pin-like structures called stamens. Some flowers are "perfect" and contain both the male and female parts. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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New Ways to Display Pumpkins
Fall is pumpkin time. Find new ways to display these fall favorites. Scoop out the inside and use it for a planter. Fill with potting mix - you'll have a biodegradable pot for the compost pile when finished - or set a planted container inside. Try an ornamental cabbage, short ornamental grass or trailing pansies like cool wave for a fun fall container. Or carve an opening in the side of your pumpkin after removing the center. Create a fall or Halloween display inside. Use faux moss, figurines and your imagination. Scoop out the insides of small pumpkins and use them for vases to create a fun fall centerpiece for your table. Or use them as soup bowls for butternut squash or your other favorite fall soup. Or leave them intact and set them in your container gardens to fill voids or add some fall interest to your plantings. And add a few to your indoor planters as well. A bit more information: Large pumpkins and squash make great additions to the fall garden. Set them in voids, in containers or on top of hanging baskets that are a bit thin on top. For more ideas, visit http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/pumpkin-decorating-1009#slide-10 For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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Plant Some Animal Resistant Bulbs this Fall
Don't let flower hungry wildlife stop you from planting spring flowering bulbs. Plant a few animal resistant bulbs in your garden this fall for added color and beauty next spring. Start off the season with a few minor bulbs. Winter aconite and snowdrops are some of the first bulbs to appear in spring. Mix grape hyacinths with daffodils to double your flower power and pop in some Siberian squills for a bit of blue in the spring garden. Try little Tommies, botanically known as Crocus tomassinanus. Garden catalogues claim and I have found them to be resistant to squirrels. Daffodils are well known for surviving hungry animals and now there are lots of new varieties to choose from. And don't forget to try some alliums you may know as ornamental onions. There are small and large flowered varieties and those that bloom in spring, summer or fall. A bit more information: Consider Camassia with blue flower spikes that resemble hyacinth, but tolerate partial shade. Snowflakes (Leucojum) Autumn crocus (Clochicum), Fritillaria and of course hyacinths are a few other animal-resistant bulbs. Southern gardeners need to select low chill varieties or use precooled bulbs if their winters are too warm for forcing spring flowering bulbs into bloom. For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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