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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.
Posts from October 2013


Walnut, Birth Tree for October 24 – November 11
If you were born between October 24th and November 11 your birth tree is the walnut. It represents intellect, passion and confidence.

We all know our birthstones and perhaps birth flower, but often we don’t know our birth tree. Consider planting a tree in honor of a child’s birth, someone’s birthday or just for fun. And using their birth tree, if suited to the growing conditions, can make it that much more special.
 
Walnuts are the oldest known tree fruit dating back to 10,000 B.C. These highly nutritious nuts are prized for their omega 3-fatty acids.
 
The popular English walnut is native to southeastern Europe, the Himalayas and China and hardy in zones 6 to 9 and 10 in the western United States. Give walnuts plenty of room to grow as they can reach a mature size of 50 feet tall and wide. And be patient as it takes 7 or more years for them to start bearing nuts.
 
A bit more information:  In the past they were used for medicinal purposes, including reduction of inflammation, wound healing and even improving bad breath. Be sure to watch for signs of Thousand Cankers disease. This deadly disease has been found in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and now, Tennessee. Click here for more details.
 
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Halloween Has Gone Pink
Support the fight on breast cancer and add a twist to your Halloween and fall décor.

The Porcelain Doll Pink pumpkin is an eye catching deeply ribbed pink pumpkin. The unique color was part of the inspiration for the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. Growers, retailers and organizations have teamed up to grow and sell these unique pumpkins in support of breast cancer research. A portion of every pumpkin sold goes to the foundation to support research in the fight against breast cancer.
 
The unique color made it the perfect breast cancer fundraiser and the delicious deeply colored flesh makes it a good purchase for gardeners and cooks.  Use this pumpkin for pies, soups and other dishes.
 
As a gardener you’ll appreciate the plant’s excellent performance.  It showed great powdery and downy mildew tolerance and productivity in trials across the country.
 
Visit the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation website for more details.
 
A bit more information: Want to grow your own Porcelain Doll Pink Pumpkin next year? All you need is a bit of sun, a container or fertile patch of soil and of course the Porcelain Doll Pink Pumpkin seeds. Start seeds outdoors once the soil is warm and you will be harvesting these unique pumpkins in about 100 days.
 
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Storing and Cleaning Pots
Fall is about clean up and preparation for the season ahead. Don’t overlook your containers when packing away summer garden supplies.

Fall cleanup can save you time during the frantic planting season. Removing organic matter and salt build up can increase the beauty of the container and reduce the risk of disease in future plantings.
 
Don your rubber gloves and start by soaking pots in a 9-part bleach to one-part water solution for 10 minutes. Move them to a solution of dish soap and water and then rinse with clear water.
 
Use steel wool to remove any lingering salt build up on clay pots and a scouring pad for plastic planters. This white often crusty, material is an accumulation of minerals from water and fertilizer. It can be unsightly and may be harmful to some plants
 
Rinse, dry and store the pots until you are ready to fill with fresh healthy plants
 
A bit more information:  Moss covered pots are considered a beautiful addition by some and something to eliminate by others. Conserve the moss coating by only cleaning the inside of the pot. Use a paint scraper and clean as described above if you want to eliminate the moss.
 
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Skip the Rubber Mulch
Gardeners are always searching for better looking, longer lasting and less expensive mulches.  Rubber mulch has been advertised as an attractive and permanent alternative. Think twice before using rubber mulch in the landscape.

Recycling tires is important, but the lack of performance in the garden and harmful qualities make rubber mulch undesirable in the garden and landscape.
 
Research found woodchips were more effective at suppressing weeds rather than rubber mulch. They also found it was one of the more flammable mulch materials and hard to extinguish once it caught fire.
 
Leachates from rubber also contain metal and organic materials that are known to be harmful to human health and the environment. They can cause skin and eye irritation, major organ damage and more. 
 
So stick with the organic materials that not only suppress weeds, but improve the soil as they decompose.
 
A bit more information: Save money and be kind to the environment by using fallen leaves as mulch in the garden. Shred the leaves with your mower and spread over the soil surface. They are great in annual gardens since they can be dug into the soil at the end of the season. For more on rubber mulch, click here.
 
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Fall Fitness for You and Your Garden
Stay fit as you work in your garden this fall.
 
Fall involves raking, planting and preparing for the season ahead.  Keep your back straight and movements close to your body to avoid strain. 
 
Look for ergonomic tools that allow you to work longer and avoid injury from repetitive motion. And keep your hands in a neutral position. You’ll be amazed at the difference this small change can make.
 
Reduce your workload by mowing, not raking leaves.  Small leaf pieces quickly break down and improve the soil. They can also be used as a mulch around perennials, trees and shrubs or as a soil amendment.
 
Your landscape will benefit by fall care and you’ll burn a few extra calories. Raking leaves burns up to 260 calories per hour and works out all the muscles of your upper body. And turning a compost pile makes a good workout for your oblique muscles.
 
A bit more information: Fall is a great time for planting.  Seeding the lawn or those bare spots left from a stressful summer can use up to 155 calories per hour.  You can burn as many as 260 calories per hour when planting spring flowering bulbs, pansies, mums and other perennials.  And those bigger plants like trees and shrubs need more muscle power and can burn up to 295 per hour when planting.
 
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Evergreen Needles Good for the Garden
Put pine, spruce and other evergreen needles to work in the garden.

Evergreen needles don’t make the soil too acidic. They do, however, add organic matter and nutrients to the soil as they break down.  And a look under your evergreens confirms they’re a great mulch.  The lack of plants and weeds growing under evergreens is due to the lack of light, limited soil moisture and the weed suppressing needle mulch.
 
So spread a layer of evergreen needles around trees, shrubs, flowers and edibles to suppress weeds and conserve moisture.  They are free and look good in the landscape.
 
Evergreen needles can also be added to the compost pile. Limit them to about 10% of the mixture for faster composting. The evergreen needles have a waxy covering, are very dry and take a long time to decompose, making them great as a mulch, but less so for fast composting results.
 
A bit more information: Many gardeners are reluctant to use oak and large maple leaves as mulch or in their gardens. These are great additives, but slow to break down. Shred them with your mower or leaf shredder before using them as a mulch or adding them to the compost pile.
 
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Managing Plants that Outgrew their Space
So, that small tree or shrub outgrew the ideal space where it was planted. Now what?  It’s time to decide whether to prune, move or sacrifice the plant and start over with something more suitable.
 
Pruning a large plant down to size takes an ongoing commitment to regular pruning.  This can reduce the health and beauty of the plant and certainly increases your maintenance.
 
Moving large shrubs and trees is difficult and heavy work.  The larger the plant, the larger the rootball needed for transplant success.
 
Consider hiring a professional to move large trees with sentimental value. Keep in mind large transplants are slow to recover and usually surpassed in growth by younger plantings.
 
Sacrificing a large tree or shrub is a difficult decision due to the money and time invested and attachment we have to our plants. It may, however, be the best solution for you and the plant.
 
A bit more information: If you decide to move it, fall after leaf drop and spring before leaves emerge are great times to transplant. Moving trees and shrubs at other times is possible, but a bit more risky.  Listen to my tip on transplanting shrubs by clicking here.
 
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Pentas for Indoor and Outdoor Beauty
 
Pentas, also known as Egyptian star cluster, are a great addition to both the indoor and outdoor garden.

Many of you may know this beauty for its heat and drought tolerance and butterfly appeal. Others may have grown this as a houseplant long before it gained popularity in the garden.
 
Take 4 inch cuttings from healthy plants. Remove any flowers and buds and the lower most leaves. Stick cuttings in a well-drained potting or similar mix to root. Place in a bright location and keep the rooting mix moist.
 
Once rooted, grow your Pentas in a sunny window or under artificial light. Water thoroughly when the top few inches of soil just starts to dry.  Pinch the tips off leggy stems to encourage compact growth.
 
And only fertilize actively growing plants with a dilute solution of flowering plant fertilizer.
 
With proper care and a bit of cooperation from nature you will be rewarded with flowers this winter.
 
A bit more information: Try growing other common outdoor plants indoors in a sunny window. Coleus, geranium, annual vinca (Catharanthus), and begonia are a few you might want to try.
 
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Convert Lawn to Gardens
Tired of mowing all that grass? Consider converting a portion of the lawn into a flower or vegetable garden.
 
If you have a healthy lawn, your soil is probably in good shape.  Simply edge the area you plan to convert into garden. Use a sharp spade or edger to cut through the grass roots. Then cut the grass you plan to eliminate as short as possible. Cover with several layers of newspaper or a layer of cardboard. Top this with shredded leaves, herbicide-free grass clippings, evergreen needles or woodchips.
 
The newspaper or cardboard layer provides an additional barrier to the weeds.  And, as it breaks down and the grass beneath dies and decomposes, they add organic matter to the soil below.
 
You can plant immediately, but you’ll need more effort to dig through the paper layer and freshly covered turf.  Or wait a few months for everything to decompose for easier planting.
 
A bit more information: You can also remove the existing sod with a sod cutter or flat shovel. Use healthy sections of grass to repair damaged areas in the lawn. Or place it in the compost bin, grass side down. It will eventually decompose into compost for use in amending garden soil.
 
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Time to Evaluate and Plan for Changes in the Garden
Stop and take a few minutes to evaluate the success, challenges and failures of the past growing season. Investing time now can save you additional time, money and frustration in next season’s garden.

Start by taking pictures, video or making notes on areas and combinations you like and may want to repeat. Note areas in need of extra color or seasonal interest.
 
And look for ways to decrease water and pesticide use while maintaining a beautiful garden.  Move struggling plants to a location that better matches their needs. Or make a note on the calendar to thin perennials like beebalm and phlox in the spring.
 
Move moisture lovers together to save time and water spent keeping them looking their best. And mulch or refresh mulch as needed to conserve moisture, reduce weeds and eventually improve the soil.
 
A bit more information: Thinning perennials like beebalm and phlox increases air circulation and decreases the risk of powdery mildew and some other diseases. It also encourages stiffer and sturdier stems. Proper spacing is another way to reduce the risk of disease and increase your plants health and beauty.
 
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Lawn Disease: Fairy Ring
A ring of mushrooms or one of dark green grass is a sign fairy ring disease has moved into the lawn.

The fairy rings can vary from a few inches to a few feet in diameter. This fungus feeds on old roots, thatch and stumps not the grass. It can, however, cause droughty patches in the lawn. The thick fungal mass prevents water from reaching the grass roots.
 
Living with the problem is the easiest solution. Water infested areas slowly, thoroughly and often enough to penetrate the fungal mat and combat drought stress. Rake or mow to destroy the mushrooms as they form to improve the appearance and reduce the temptation to kids and pets.
 
Determined gardeners can remove infested soil and replace with fresh disease-free topsoil. Carefully remove the soil 12 inches below and slightly wider than the ring being careful not to drop any infected soil on the lawn.
 
A bit more information: The name fairy ring is the results of many folktales and lore. Some cultures believe the fairy rings mark the spot where fairies danced while others believed there was a connection to witch dances and the devil.
 
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Celebrate National Apple Month
Celebrate National Apple Month with a trip to the farmers market or nearby orchard to purchase or pick-your-own favorite apples. 

Apples are a healthy choice. One apple provides up to 20% of the daily recommended fiber, 14% vitamin C, they’re high in antioxidants, contain no fat and are less than 100 calories.
 
Pick a few to eat fresh, cook with meat, sauces and stuffing and of course a few more for baking into your favorite apple dessert.
 
Be sure to store unwashed apples in the refrigerator to maintain their crispy texture. Wash just prior to eating and baking.
 
Buy your favorites and try a few of the newer introductions. Honeycrisp is relatively new on the market. Known as an excellent snacking apple, many cooks are finding it is also a great apple for baking.
 
Pink Lady is an all-purpose apple that can be eaten fresh or used for cooking, baking, and making apple butter.
 
A bit more information: Have a bit of fun and save a few apples to make applehead dolls and Halloween monsters. Listen to Scary Apple Heads for Halloween by clicking here for instructions on making your own.
 
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October Birth Flower – Calendula
An edible beauty serves as the birth flower for those born in October.  The yellow and orange blooms of calendulas were considered sacred by some and magical by other cultures of the past. And many used them for dyes, insect repellents and medicinal remedies.

In the garden, calendulas are easy to grow. They thrive in full sun, moist well-drained soil and cool temperatures. In hot weather they slow or stop blooming. Just continue to water as needed and wait for cooler temperatures and the flowers to return. And watch for seedlings in next year’s garden.
 
Brighten up your flower, herb or vegetable garden with these 12 to 18 inch tall flowers. And pick a few to enjoy in your cut flower bouquets.
 
Use the petals to brighten and spice up a salad or dry and brew as a tea. Or add them to soups and stews cooking in a pot. Thus, how they received their common name, pot marigold.
 
A bit more information: The botanical name Calendula officinalis provides insight to the plant and its uses. Calendula comes from Latin “calends” and the English “calendar”. It was said to bloom at the beginning of each month leading to its botanical name. Officinalis means medicinal and refers to the fact the flowers have been used in healing wounds and treating illnesses.
 
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Think Twice Before Staking Newly Planted Trees
Break out the shovel and get busy planting. Fall is a great time to plant trees. The soil is warm and the air is cool, reducing transplant shock.

And once the tree is properly planted resist the urge to stake the tree in place.  Trees allowed to sway in the wind develop a thicker and stronger trunk. They also have a more developed root system increasing their stability and ability to withstand wind damage.
 
Staked trees tend to grow taller, have thinner trunks and poor root development.  Once the stakes are removed the tree is more subject to breakage and toppling.
 
Only stake bare root trees, those subjected to extremely harsh winds, or trees with an extremely small root system and large canopy. If the tree must be staked, use stakes no more than 2/3 the tree’s height, secure the tree to the stake with flexible materials, and remove within the first year.
 
A bit more information: The scientific term for long term changes in a plant’s appearance due to repeated touching is Thigmomorphogenes. Repeated even gentle touching and wind can cause stouter stems in plants. Some avid gardeners use a fan to circulate air and increase the stems on transplants grown indoors.
 
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Good Grief on the Way!
Watch out, Peanuts fans. There's a brand-new movie headed your way, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire game. It's due on about a year from now, directed by the guy who brought us Ice Age: Continental Drift. From all reports, it's staying true to the Peanuts gang from the comic strip and the TV specials so many of us grew up on. This trailer's a couple of months old, but it looks and sounds pretty familiar - maybe the graphics are better than we remember. And there's a new trailer due out in ten days or so - so stay tuned!  
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It's Busy Up There
On an average day, depending on where you live, you can look into the sky and see the contrail of a jet far overhead. Sometimes one, sometimes a few, sometimes a bunch. But have you ever given much thought to what the air traffic patterns look like in lapsed time? An air traffic management company called NATS recently posted a video to show what air traffic looks like on a regular basis over England. It's fascinating to watch. Be sure to follow along with the captions too.   UK 24 from NATS on Vimeo.
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Thar's Gold in That Thar Landfill!
This is one of the strangest bits of nostalgia news ever. The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico launched an auction on eBay, selling a bunch of Atari video games that had been buried in the city’s landfill for about 30 years. Here’s the deal. There have been rumors that truckloads of Atari games were buried in the landfill. The rumors have been considered urban legend. So a documentary film crew decided to find out for real. So it spent about $50,000 to dig up the landfill, and sure enough, hit the mother lode. Because the landfill belongs to the city, so do the video games, and the city earned about $37,000 from the online sales. One game cartridge for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” fetched $1537. Which is ironic, since that’s the poor-selling game that many blame for Atari’s ultimate demise. You know what they say. One man’s trash is another man’s buried treasure.  
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Muscle Mustangs Are Back!
Gas prices are getting cheaper, so why not make your next car a muscle car? That's what the folks at Ford are hoping you'll do. Check out the brand-new 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Ford is unveiling it on Monday in advance of the LA Auto Show. But you can check it out even earlier than that, thanks to the folks at Edmunds.com... What do you think - got some muscle in your future?  
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