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.
by Melinda Myers,posted Sep 14 2012 12:50PM
Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, fight heart disease, boost your immune system, and add a bit of flavor to your meals by growing your own garlic.
Grow garlic in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Plant cloves in fall about 6 weeks before the ground freezes in cold climates and early winter in warmer regions. Garlic needs 6 to 8 weeks of cool temperatures below 40 degrees for the shoot and bulb to develop. The leaves will form during cool short days of spring and then slow when bulb growth begins in the warmer longer days of summer.
Plant individual cloves about 6 inches apart with the pointed side up and the base of the clove 2 to 3 inches below the soil surface.
Mulch the soil with weed-free straw or evergreen boughs after the ground freezes, if you are gardening in an area with cold winters.
Mulch the soil and water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil evenly moist during active growth.
A bit more information: Your garlic will be ready to harvest when 1/3, but less than ½ of the leaves turn brown. Start by digging one plant and checking the garlic for maturity. Cloves should be plump and fill the skin.
Vote for your Favorite Flower
There is still time to cast your vote for your favorite flower.
The American Garden Award program is your opportunity to vote for your favorite of several beautiful flowers bred for the home garden. Some of the most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their favorites to enter in the competition.
Celosia Arrabona Red is a plume type cockscomb and it was selected for its easy care, drought tolerance and long bloom.
Cuphea Sriracha Violet is heat tolerant and covered with unique violet blooms from spring through summer.
Illumination Flame Digiplexis is a foxglove hybrid with spikes of red-pink flowers with flaming orange throats.
Last but not least is Petunia Anguna radiant blue. This new hybrid has blue flowers with a white throat.
So visit www.Americangardenaward.com today and cast your vote.
A bit more information: The 2013 winner was Verbena ‘Lanai® Candy Cane’ with red and white striped blooms. Santa Cruz Sunset Begonia was the 2012 winner. This cascading begonia is perfect for hanging baskets, containers or mass plantings. This is the sixth year for this program. Check out information on previous winners and contestants at www.americangardenaward.com.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
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