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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.
Reduce your Risk of Skin Cancer when Gardening
Cover up before going out. Protect your skin from Ultraviolet radiation as you get out and garden.
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. And since gardeners, like our plants, enjoy the outdoors we need to be aware of the risk. Fortunately, this is a cancer we can help prevent with a few simple precautions.
Wear a wide brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses. Cover up your skin with brightly colored clothing made of densely woven fabrics.
Apply a broad spectrum UVA & UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. Apply it 30 minutes before going outdoors to garden and every two hours. You’ll prevent sunburn and skin damage while making it easier to return to the garden each day.
Do a monthly skin exam from head to toe and follow up with your physician if you see any suspicious changes. And consider seeing a dermatologist, like I do, on a regular basis.
A bit more information: Consider gardening in the morning or late afternoon to reduce your exposure to the sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation shares this tip “if your shadow is shorter than your are, the sun’s harmful UV radiation is stronger, if your shadow is longer, UV radiation is less intense.” Visit their website for more tips on keeping your skin healthy as you garden throughout the year.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com