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.
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
by Melinda Myers,posted Oct 29 2012 3:07PM
Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween tradition. But don’t let those pumpkin seeds go to waste; try roasting them into a healthy snack for you and your family to enjoy.
Start by removing the stringy pulp from the seeds. Rinse the seeds with cold water and pick off any remaining pulp.
Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with a non-stick cooking oil. Or use vegetable oil and stir to coat the seeds.
Next, lightly salt and bake at 325° for about 25 minutes or until the seeds are toasted. Stir the seeds after 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Change up the recipe for a bit of extra flavor. Roast 4 cups of pumpkin seeds as above, but this time season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Store any leftovers, if there are any, in an airtight container.
A bit more information: Skip the canned filling and try making your own from a purchased or homegrown pie pumpkin. Look online or in your favorite recipe book for tips on mixing your own pie filling.
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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.
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