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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.


Sage, a Holiday Herbal Favorite

 
When you contemplate a winter holiday meal, stuffing seasoned with sage may be on the menu.  This herb has long been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. 

For centuries, people believed and modern evidence suggests sage has antibiotic, antifungal, astringent and other benefits.  In fact, the botanical name, Salvia, comes from Latin and means “to save” referring to its medicinal properties.
 
Grow sage in full sun and well drained soil for best results.  It is a hardy perennial in zones 5 to 10 and can be grown in containers, edible and herb gardens or added to flower beds for its texture, color and edibility.
 
And when extreme heat or cold drives you indoors, consider growing Dwarf sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Compacta’). The smaller leaves and more compact plant make this a great addition to small spaces, containers and indoors in a windowsill herb garden. 
 
A bit more information:  Add a bit of additional beauty and interest with the colorful leaves of purple and tricolor sage.  The large leaves and compact habit of Biergarten sage makes a nice foil for annual and perennial flowers.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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