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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.

Recycle Fast Food Containers

Don’t throw away or recycle those fast food containers just yet.  Reuse them when gardening indoors and out. 
The bottom of salad, pasta and other containers make great saucers for your indoor plants. Many are black, giving them an elegant look and feel while others are clear so they are less noticeable. Place a few marbles or pebbles in the bottom to capture the excess water and increase humidity.  The plants rest on the pebbles above the existing water, preventing root rot. As the excess water evaporates it increases the humidity around the plants. You also save time and the mess created pouring off the excess water each time you water houseplants thoroughly. 
Or use them for starting seeds and growing microgreens.  Fill the bottom of a clean container with seed starting mix, plant your seeds, and gently water.  Then close the clear lid and you have a mini greenhouse.
A bit more information:  Use plastic airtight containers for storing extra seeds.  Save any leftover seeds in their original packets.  You’ll preserve the needed planting and growing information as well as the seeds.  Place seed packets in the container, close the lid, and store in the refrigerator until the next planting season. 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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