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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.


Seed Swap for Savings and Fun

The last Saturday of January is National Seed swap day.  So gather your gardening friends, seeds and catalogues and throw a garden party.

Seed swaps are a great way to find unusual or unique seeds.  It is also a great way to save money and get the greatest value by sharing extra seeds with friends and family.
 
Once the seed swapping is done you may want to break out the catalogues and place a group seed order.  You’ll be able to order a wider variety of seeds for greater diversity in the garden.
 
Small space gardeners, lacking room to grow every seed in a packet, won’t end up with left over seeds.   Plus, ordering larger packets is usually more economical.  And you’ll have an excuse for another party when you meet to divide up the goods.
 
Expand your group by getting local garden clubs, community gardeners or other garden groups involved.  Or, go on-line.
 
A bit more information:  Those interested in saving and sharing heirloom seeds may want to visit Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org).  They have a webinar to help you get started and forum for sharing information.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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