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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.

Sweet Potatoes, Tasty and Nutritious

Sweet potatoes have long been a part of many family Thanksgivings and now are expanding into our meals year round.

This outstanding source of beta-carotene provides 35 to 90% of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A.  Plus, the colorful sweet potato is loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and contains more fiber (when eaten with the skin on) than oatmeal.  A good source of antioxidants, this anti-inflammatory vegetable is also a good food source for those suffering from arthritis and asthma.
And try the young leaves in soups, stews or steamed and served with fish, okra and chile peppers.  They are a great source of nutrients, iron, fiber and more.
Try growing your own next season. Those gardening in cooler regions and areas with a shorter growing season may want to use raised beds and black mulch to warm the soil and speed growth.
A bit more information:  And don’t discard those sweet potatoes that sprout in storage.  Make it a fun gardening activity for the family.  Plant the sprouting sweet potato in a container of well-drained potting mix.  Grow in a sunny window and water as needed. They make a great indoor plant or take cuttings and start new plants for your garden. 

For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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