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.
Selecting the Best Mulch
by Melinda Myers,posted Aug 26 2013 1:06PM
You can suppress weeds, conserve moisture, improve soil and save time with one garden resource. And that’s mulch.
Consider function and beauty when selecting mulch for your garden. Organic mulches like woodchips, evergreen needles and shredded leaves keep the soil cool and moist in summer, suppress weeds and improve the soil as they break down.
A 2 to 3 inch layer of wood mulch is great around trees and shrubs and for pathways. Woodchips were found to perform well and the mix of bark, twigs and leaves make them more resistant to compaction. Some mulches, like cedar, are naturally long-lasting, extending the time between applications.
Consider shredded leaves and evergreen needles for perennials and annual flowers and vegetables. These products look good, break down quickly to improve the soil and do not tie up the nitrogen when incorporated into the soil.
A bit more information: Consider price and availability when making your selection. Additional types of mulch may vary by region. Choices may include waste products from local products like cracked pecan shells, oyster shells and peanut hulls. See this Washington State University publication “Woodchip Mulch: Landscape boon or bane” for more information.
You Didn't Come to My Wedding... Here's Your Bill!
This could be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard.
A couple in Minnesota was scheduled to attend a wedding, but at the last minute, their babysitter was unable to take care of their kids, so they couldn't go to the wedding.
Things happen, right?
But a couple of weeks afterward, they got a bill in the mail for just under $80, the cost of the two meals that were ordered and not eaten, plus the service and tax charge. The bill came from the new bride and groom.
I wonder if the RSVP fully-disclosed the No-Show Fee?
We should check on that, don't you think?
Contemplating the Mysteries of Existence
Stephen Colbert's already making his unique mark in the late-night spot vacated earlier this year by David Letterman.
The bits he's doing are so different than the bits being done on the other talkers.
Like this one, where he lies down on a blanket in a field and contemplates life with a buddy.
The buddy for this bit - Tom Hanks.
Very funny. Check it out.
Top 10 Most Malicious Celebrities
The folks at Intel Security released a list of the top ten most malicious celebrities on the planet this week.
The celebrities themselves aren't necessarily malicious.
But doing an Internet search for them will more likely than not land you on a link to a website that's malicious - i.e., capable of whacking you with an Internet virus.
They rated the celebrities according to the likelihood that you'll end a search for them with a virus.
# 10. Actress Nina Dobrev - 13.2% likelihood
# 9. Singer Lorde - 13.6% likelihood
# 8. Actress Betty White - 14% likelihood
# 7. Comedian Amy Schumer - 14.7% likelihood
# 6. Singer Katy Perry - 14.9% likelihood
# 5. Rapper & Mr. Beyonce Jay Z - 15.8% likelihood
# 4. Singer Britney Spears - 16.4% likelihood
# 3. Singer Usher - 16.7% likelihood
# 2. Luke Bryan - 17.6% likelihood
# 1. DJ Armin van Buuren - 17.9% likelihood
Honestly, I've never heard of the last guy.
And I'm too afraid to Google him. Lord knows what might happen!
Honest Trailers Takes on "Age of Ultron"
We talked about this already. Marvel is releasing the BluRay version of The Avengers: Age of Ultron this week.
So what better time than now to trot out the honest trailer for the movie.
I'm sorry, that's Honest Trailer.
It's the creation of Screen Junkies, a YouTube channel that pulls apart and pokes fun at the movies and TV shows we know and may or may not love.
And this one for Age of Ultron is pretty hilarious
Check it out.
This Was Necessary Why?
Eighteen years ago, in Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion - it was a movie, let's set the scene - Romy (played by Mira Sorvino) told her high school pals (also played by actors) that she invented Post-It notes.
And obvious lie, and an obvious joke, in the script of a movie.
I mentioned it's a movie, right?
Yesterday, during an interview on The Huffington Post, Mira came face-to-Skype with the actual inventor of Post-Its, a guy named Art Fry.
And she, as Romy, apologized to Art for saying she'd invented Post-It notes.
It's an interesting bit - except no one seemed to know what part he or she was playing.
What do you think?
You Learn Something New Every Day
The eastern seaboard of the United States is getting whacked with rain.
Between five and ten inches of the wet stuff in some areas in the mid-Atlantic.
All because of something called a rex block.
It's a weather pattern. Ever heard of it? Neither have I.
But it's real. High pressure to the north blocks low pressure to the south, so the normal weather patterns that flow east to west don't flow so well.
And because of that, and Hurrican Joaquin just off shore, we're talking massive amounts of rain.
Don't ask me. Ask Al Roker.
He's got the low down. And now you know!
On Stage "Redemption"
This weekend's Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park saw some inspired musical pairings.
Like Beyonce joining Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam on stage to peform Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."
I don't know the song, so I took a look at Bob Marley's performance, and compared it with Beyonce and Eddie's.
I think they improved on it a bit, and made it their own.
What do you think?
"I've Always Hoped that the Good Lord Has a Sense of Humor"
Mark Wahlberg was asked to speak at a ceremony for Pope Francis during the pope's recent visit to the US.
Yes, that Mark Wahlberg. The one who used to be Marky Mark, the one who has starred in some fairly raunchy yet successful films.
Mark's Catholic, so why not get some face time with the guy in charge, right?
During his speech, he mentioned Ted, the movie about a foul-mouthed teddy bear, and asked the pope's forgiveness.
Sort of an odd and out-of-place thing, don't you think?
This news story on NBC last night is pretty scary.
There are folks out there who believe that crumb-rubber artificial turf could be causing cancer among people who use the turf regularly.
Crumb-rubber is the term used for ground-up automotive tires.
When asked about it, the federal government - in the form of the Environmental Protection Agency - doesn't have much to say.
In fact, they don't have anything to say.
And that's more scary than the possibility that the turf is carcinogenic.
Check out the story...
Would You Give it Back?
On Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed his 400th touchdown pass in front of a hometown crowd.
That makes him only the fourth QB in NFL history to hit that mark - the other three are Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
The pass was caught by wide receiver Danny Amendola, who thought about spiking the ball, but instead, handed it to a season ticket holder hanging out of the stands.
Naturally, Tom wanted that ball, so someone from the Patriots swapped it out with the fan, who gave it up willingly.
On Monday, Tom met with that fan, to say thanks, and to give him a nice bit of autographed swag.
I guess it pays to be nice, right?
What do you think? If you had your hands on a piece of sports memorabilia, would you just hand it over?
"Why is Damon Naked in this New 'Vampire Diaries' Trailer?"
Okay, I've never been interested in the CW's Vampire Diaries.
And seeing naked men? I can take it or leave.
But, my hat's off - and that's it, folks - to Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon on this show I've never seen.
He posted a trailer for the show on social media - this one to Instagram - that talks about his being naked in it.
Guess what? While he might be, you get to see just his torso, so he just as easily might not be naked.
Clever boy though. He got a ton of hits, and a ton of views for the trailer too.
He must have majored in theater and minored in marketing...
Why is Damon naked in this new Vampire Diaries Trailer...?
A video posted by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on Sep 29, 2015 at 3:27pm PDT
You Can't Unsee This...
Please, someone explain to me how this happened?
Just when you thought the Honey Boo Boo Clan was gone, they're back.
With a music video.
A. Music. Video.
I can't even describe it. Honey Boo Boo's singing (she's getting some help in that department), and she's sort of dancing around some sort of studio...
And Mama June and Sugar Bear are with her.
If they end up on Dancing with the Stars, I'm throwing my TV out the window.
Wait! I Shouldn't Cut-and-Paste That Warning?
If you've been on Facebook in the past couple of days, you've seen dozens, hundreds, maybe even more of your friends make a public post.
They proclaim that what's on their Facebook page belongs to them, and no one - not even the mighty Facebook itself - can violate their privacy.
There's another one out there that says Facebook will start charging you $5.99 a month to keep your private things private.
That one says the poster heard it on Channel 13 (or Channell 11), so it's got to be true!
It ain't real, folks. It's all a hoax. Just like Facebook said:
"While there may be water on Mars, don't believe everything you read on the internet today. Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!"
Or maybe that's the hoax... Hmmm...