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.
Make a resolution to keep your tools clean and ready for use by creating a tool cleaning station in your shed or garage.
If it is easy and convenient you are more likely to do it. So set aside a small space where you can clean and care for tools.
You’ll need soap, access to water and a scrubby to remove dirt and grime from all your tools. Keep a jug of vinegar handy to help dissolve rust and mineral spirits to remove stubborn tree sap from pruners.
Include steel wool and wire brushes to help with soil and rust removal. Don’t forget the linseed oil for cleaning tools and lubricating oil for keeping tools working smoothly.
Buy needed sharpening tool and files and replacement blades for pruners with removable blades.
Make sure you have plenty of rags. And don’t forget safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying dirt and debris.
A bit more information: Reduce your workload by washing the dirt off tools after every use. Stop by the faucet and wash away the soil before stashing them in the shed or garage. And remove any plant debris wedged in the tools. This is a great place for disease organisms to linger and infest the garden with the next use. And always store tools inside to reduce rust and extend their life.
If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.
Give the gift of an apple tree or plant one in your own yard to honor a friend or loved one with this birth tree. You’ll need two trees or a nearby crabapple for pollination and fruit formation.
Look for disease resistant varieties. Consider dwarf apple trees that will fit the available space when mature and be much easier to harvest when it starts producing fruit.
Or consider a crabapple. These apple trees have smaller, less than 2” diameter, fruit. You’ll enjoy four seasons of interest while bringing in the birds for added color and motion in the landscape.
Look for disease resistant crabapples and those with persistent fruit for the greatest impact, fewer problems and less mess.
A bit more information: Look for these and other apple varieties listed as disease resistant. Liberty is a crisp and juicy dessert apple. Freedom was introduced in 1983, ripens a week before Delicious and is great for pies. Redfree is an early apple that has limited storage life, but is a good choice for home gardeners looking for an earlier producer.
Holly is a popular plant in holiday displays, one of the birth flowers for December and a favorite evergreen in the landscape.
Holly as the birth flower symbolizes domestic happiness. In ancient times it was shared with friends and planted around homes to protect the occupants from lightening, poisoning and mischievous spirits.
But many gardeners complain their plants do not form the beautiful fruit they so desire. You need at least one male for every five female hollies for fruit to develop. Look for male plants listed as good pollinators for the female hollies you select. Some growers plant a male and female plant in the same container to insure you have both sexes. Only problem, if one plant dies, you must look at the flowers to determine which gender survived and which one needs replacing.
Make the needed changes and enjoy your holly, berries and all for seasons to come.
A bit more information: Lack of maturity, late spring frost and poor growing conditions can also result in little or no fruit forming. Make sure to plant your holly in a sheltered location with moist well-drained soil. You may need to wait a few years for your plants to reach flowering and fruiting size. A close look at the flowers will reveal the difference. The male flower has a straight stem and a flower containing pin like structures called stamen. The female flower has a swollen base, almost vase like, in the center.
Celebrate December birthdays and have a bit of fun by forcing a few daffodil bulbs into bloom.
The daffodil, botanically known as Narcissus, is one of the birth flowers for December. It symbolizes sweetness and the desire for your loved one to stay just the way they are.
All you need are a few daffodil bulbs, a container, and potting mix. If you don’t have any healthy left over bulbs go on-line. Many bulb companies are still selling spring flowering bulbs and some offer pre-cooled bulbs that are ready to bloom.
Place a layer of potting mix in the bottom of the container. Pack in as many bulbs as you can fit in the container for an impressive display. Cover the bulbs with potting mix and water. Then store the bulbs in the refrigerator or other 35 to 45 degree location. After 15 weeks, move the container to a cool bright location and water as needed.
A bit more information: Add a little something extra. Once the bulbs are planted, sprinkle grass seed over the soil surface. Lightly rake to insure seed-to-soil contact. Then water in. The grass will remain dormant during the cold treatment and start growing once you bring the potted bulbs out of cold storage.
Light up your winter containers. Add some solar lights and accents to give your planters a bit more sparkle during the drab days of winter.
Use solar powered or battery operated optic lights, globes or lighted twigs as vertical accents, focal points or fillers in your outdoor containers. Just make sure whatever you choose is rated for outdoor use.
No containers, don’t worry you can quickly create a few. Just fill a weather-proof pot with potting mix or sand. Purchase greens from your favorite garden center or trim a few from your landscape. Stick the cut end of the greens in the potting mix or sand to create an attractive display. Add some colorful berries, decorative twigs, ornaments and ribbon.
Then add some light to your winter containers with one of the many solar lights. Set your planter by the front entrance to welcome guests or on the balcony for you and your neighbors to enjoy.
A bit more information: Change out the holiday adornments for more natural materials. Adding ornamental grasses, more berries and decorative twigs collected from your landscape can keep your container looking fresh throughout the winter. And the solar accents will continue to welcome and impress evening visitors. Here are just a few of the many possibilities: fiber optic solar lights or solar northern lights sphere.
December 19th is National Look for an Evergreen Day. Don’t worry if you already have your holiday tree; take advantage of this unique holiday to get outside and look at the evergreens in your neighborhood.
As you walk through your neighborhood, nearby park or botanical garden try to identify some of the more common evergreens. Evergreens with needles in bundles are a type of pine.
Spruce needles are short, usually stiff and individually attached to the stem. Remove a needle, with permission of course. Roll it between your fingers and feel the ridges.
Firs also have singular needles, but they are flat. Remove one of these needles and you will see a circular needle scar on the branch. The base of fir needles look like suction cups where they attach to the branch.
Now that you can identify more evergreens than most, if not all your friends and family, pass your ID skills along.
The Christmas cactus is a favorite gift that often grows into a family heirloom. With proper care you can keep this holiday favorite flowering for 4 to 8 weeks.
Keep your flowering Christmas cactus in a cool bright location to extend its bloom time. Avoid drafts of hot and cold air, moisture stress and other changes in the environment. This can result in bud and flower drop.
Water the soil thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. This tropical plant may look like a succulent, but prefers a bit more water.
Fertilize with a dilute solution of flowering houseplant fertilizer once it has finished blooming. Then move it to a sunny window or under artificial lights with your other houseplants.
Rebloom your cactus by providing cooler temperatures, drier conditions and as some experts believe 14 hours of total darkness each night. Start on October 1st for blooms next Christmas.
A bit more information: The Thanksgiving and Easter Cacti look very similar to the Christmas cactus, though the bloom times vary. For more information on identification and care of these plants - click here.
Chris Pratt Crushed by a Noahsaurus
Chris Pratt visited the Ellen show this week and agreed to play a game of "Dino Right, Dino Wrong" against Ellen's little buddy, Noah Ritter.
It was a trivia game about dinosaurs, and given that Chris just wrapped up Jurassic World, you'd expect him to have the edge.
This kid Noah is good. Check out the competition.
How Do You Write "Uh Oh" in Arabic?
On Tuesday, Lindsay Lohan posted an inspirational message to Instagram.
On the bottom line, it read "You're beautiful." Above it were some Arabic characters, which everyone took to mean the same thing as the English phrase.
Not so much, according to experts. Lindsay had actually written, "You're an ass" in Arabic.
Yesterday, she posted this picture of a pocketbook, and referenced the now-deleted message, saying it was an inside joke with a friend.
"So, was already known what it was."
I'm not buying it. How about you?
FYI- The funny thing is-the Arabic photo I posted was an inside joke w/friend to test my Arabic w/out Google translation. So, was already known what it was. Other than this- I love @maisonvalentino
A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Apr 23, 2015 at 9:42am PDT
Making FLOTUS's Day
How's this for a nice way for Michelle Obama to start her day?
The First Lady was entertaining some children of White House Staffers as part of Bring Your Daughters & Sons to Work Day.
One young lady asked Mrs. O who old she was, and when she answered, "51," the girl made a face.
Turns out she thought Mrs. O was "too young" to be 51.
Guess who got a big hug?
Have Blacks Abandoned Baseball?
Chris Rock did a guest spot on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, part of the show's 20th anniversary celebration.
His topic: why blacks have abandoned baseball.
He talks about growing up a baseball fan, when 20% of the players in Major League Baseball were black. Now, that number has dwindled, according to Chris, to about 8%.
But it's not about being black, it's about being a baseball fan.
Check out the promo, and if you like what you see, you can watch the whole episode here - it's uncensored, so be careful where you watch it or how loud the audio is...
Don't Push Iron Man!
Robert Downey Jr. was sitting down for a series of interviews about Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Things are okay for the first four minutes, and then they start to go off the track when the reporter starts asking about RDJ's personal life.
You can tell he's very uncomfortable talking about his time in prison and struggling with addiction - "Are we promoting a movie?" RDJ asked.
The reporter refused to pick up on that cue and kept dwelling on the personal aspects.
Finally, RDJ got upset enough to walk out. And watch the reporter. He doesn't get why...
It's Dropping Trou Coming Around the Post...
Things got a little cheeky in the first rate at the Canterbury race track in Sydney, Australia yesterday when jockey Blake Shinn's trouser elastic snapped as he rode Miss Royale toward the finish line.
Even with his backside on full display, he managed to finish second, right in front of a horse named Modesty.
This stuff you can't make up.
And while it was embarrassing, it didn't affect him much. He won the last race of the day on a horse named Eisenhower.
This time, his pants stayed fully on.
Chewing with Chewie
For some reason, people are taking the #TwizzlerChallenge to help raise autism awareness.
I don't see the correlation, but if it helps, who am I to question it.
You take a Twizzler in your mouth, and place the other end of the Twizzler in your partner's mouth, and chew on it like the two dogs chewing on a strand of spaghetti in Lady & the Tramp.
Jimmy Kimmel kicked off Autism Awareness Month at the beginning of April by taking the challenge with Rihanna.
And then he challenged Star Wars: A Force Awakens director JJ Abrams to take the challenge - with the biggest hairiest hero of them all, Chewbacca.
The other night, the pair stepped up. Check out the video - and who they passed the challenge to...
Kanye Don't Play That
The thought that both Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made the list of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015 is hard to swallow.
Maybe it's because we're only four months in to 2015, and other more influential people won't be stepping up their game until the summer or fall.
The other night, Time held its 100 Gala in New York, and on the red carpet, comedian Amy Schumer - in my eyes, a deserving recipient of the recognition - threw herself to the ground in front of Kimye.
Payback, in some respect, for Kanye's pranks at the Grammys with Taylor Swift a few years ago and Beck a few months ago.
And guess what? Kanye didn't like it one bit. He and Kim both frowned at Amy and moved along, not even bothering to help her up.
Dancing with the Crutches
Derek Hough, one of the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars, got hurt on Monday night, and probably won't be on DWTS for a while.
Details are vague, but the injury involved stairs and a light according to his Instagram post.
He broke a toe in one foot, and badly sprained the ankle on the opposite leg.
He says he'll do what he can to recuperate quickly, but for now, he'll be off his feet.
Performing 10 shows a week at Radio City while rehearsing with Nastia for DWTS, I've never felt more healthy,strong and fit. But then a fluke accident happened that involved a light and some stairs. Can't believe it, wish I had a cooler story to tell. All that dancing , flipping , jumping and the thing that stops me in my tracks is something as simple as a light and some stairs . I'm doing everything I possibly can to have a quick recovery and I'm determined to come back stronger than ever. I appreciate all the love and support, you guys are the best. And thank you to Mark, BC Jean and Corky Ballas for staying with me at the hospital until 2am. Love you . This is new territory for me , I'm usually able to work through injury but this one has literally floored me. But like I said before I'm determined to come back all guns blazing ... soon!!! #setbackisasetupforacomeback
A photo posted by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Apr 22, 2015 at 12:21pm PDT
Full House Coming Back
John Stamos made it official this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Netflix has sealed the deal on the return of Full House to television.
So far, according to John, all the original players have signed on - except for the Olsen Twins. But they said in an interview yesterday they'd just heard about it, which means they of course don't have Facebook.
There will be 13 episodes in the original run - a one-hour reunion show, spinning off into Fuller House.
This one will focus on DJ, a recently-widowed mother of three with a fourth on the way.
Sounds fall-down funny already, doesn't it?
But, if you recall the original, Danny Tanner's wife passed away young, leaving Danny and his brother-in-law and wacky comic friend to raise three daughters.
So who knows?
It seems like the world is excited about it, so why not us, right?
Popeye Bye Bye
A shift supervisor at a Popeye's in Texas claims she was fired for refusing to pay back money robbed from the store at gunpoint while she was in charge.
Popeye's says that's not 100% true - she was fired for having too much money in the cash register.
That would be $400 - according to the woman, about an hour's worth of chicken and biscuits on that particular evening.
So let that be a lesson to you: even if you've got 14 customers in line, you tell them all they have to wait, because you've got too darned much money in the register.
Y'all come back now, y'hear?
I'm surprised they didn't get mad at her for letting the guy jump on the counter.
New Instagram Standards?
Over the weekend, a woman in Scotland posted pictures of herself to Instagram, showing what her belly looked like after delivering twins.
Her account was deactivated by Instagram within two minutes, according to most sources, for violating Instagram's decency rules.
She's wearing a fairly modest bra and sweat pants. Her belly is fully exposed, showing her stretch marks.
This is indecent, according to Instagram.
Mostly naked pictures of the Kardashians, on the other hand, are completely okay.
Something ain't right here!
Instagram deletes pregnancy stretch mark pictures for 'breaching decency guidelines': Hannah Moore's account d... http://t.co/0N1o0BACJE
— bas (@hadopiland) April 19, 2015
Reds Coach Goes Blue
Bryan Price, manager of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, is getting a little fed-up with the reporters who cover his team.
On Monday, he let loose on them - unleashing 77 F-bombs in the 5-minute or so process.
I didn't count them - a reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer did.
He was particularly miffed about a story in The Enquirer that reported a new catcher was on the way to the team that was published - actually, tweeted out - before the old catcher had been informed he was headed for the minors.
Feel free to count the number of beeps - because here's the edited version of the tirade, from SoundCloud.
Traveling Through Time to the Top
The new World Trade Center in New York City has created a very interesting journey on its 102-floor elevator ride to the top.
It shows a three-dimensional time-lapse history of the tip of Manhattan, starting 515 years ago in 1500 and going right up through today on the 47-second ride.
It's a pretty amazing ride. Check it out.
He started the Boston Marathon on Monday at 9 AM.
He finished the Boston Marathon on Tuesday at 5 AM.
Twenty hours, and every minute of it was an inspiration.
Michael Melamed, a 39-year-old professor from Venezuela, has muscular dystrophy.
And he runs marathons for charity, and to educate and inspire Venezuelan youth.
He's inspiring many others as well.
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Novel Way to Catch a Foul Ball
It's the top of the 9th.
The first batter is up.
He swings and tips it foul toward the third-base side.
And a quick-thinking fan raises her cup of beer and makes the catch!
And downs the beer before any more spills.
Suddenly, guys throughout the country have found their dream girl!
Do Not Take the Kylie Jenner Challenge
Tweens and teens are doing it with alarming regularity, and they really need to stop.
Taking the Kylie Jenner Challenge, that is.
Using whatever means possible to try to achieve lips similar to Kylie Jenner's.
No one knows for sure if Kylie's lips are naturally the way they look, but if they're not, she's got plenty of money to get them that way.
Kids, on the other hand, usually don't, so they're relying on other methods - jars, bottles, cups, et cetera - to try to mimic the look.
And it's not going well, causing all sorts of issues, some of which end up with hospital visits.
Don't let this happen to you!
"#kyliejennerchallenge" omfg😂😷 https://t.co/P1E0OcmC4w
— kaitlyn (@kaitlyncrcknell) April 20, 2015
Obi Wan Candelabra
Insiders are reporting that Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to play Lumiere - the candelabra who sings "Be Our Guest" - in the live action version of Beauty & the Beast.
He'll be joining Emma Watson as Belle and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, among others.
That means B&B will be uniting actors from the Star Wars, Harry Potter and X-Men franchises.
Could this mean a Beauty & the Beast franchise is about to be born?
The Force is New with the Young Ones
We've seen how some grown-ups have reacted to the new trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
What we haven't seen is how non-grown-ups react.
But now, the wait is over.
Check out this absolutely amazing and adorable video of very young kids watching the trailer, and reacting to it.
Miley Pastes Two on for Joan Jett
People wondered why Miley Cyrus was asked to induct Joan Jett into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
Afterwards, they were just wondering what happened to the rest of her top.
In typical outlandish Miley fashion, she wore a top with the breast areas removed - maybe designed to be missing, who knows.
And to cover up her sensitive areas, a pair of pink heart-shaped pasties with a J on them.
J J - for Joan Jett, get it?
Here's a full recap of the Miley Joan moments.
Jay Z's new streaming music service Tidal launched about a month ago.
Last week, they threw the company's chief executive officer overboard - one of 25 people laid off.
After a month.
The official word is that the company is "streamlining resources to ensure talent is maximized to enhance the customer experience."
A "handful of positions" were eliminated, allowing the company to refocus on departments that need support and to "cut redundancies."
Word is that Jay Z and other of the service's top names have been personally calling subscribers to thank them.
That doesn't sound desperate at all...
Tony Romo Continues to Struggle at Home
Bad enough that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo struggles year after year under center for America's Team.
On Sunday, he showed up at the Academy of Country Music Awards show to introduce Dierks Bentley.
But before he got to that, he had to do a little schtick with hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan.
Watch the video, and tell me you wish you hadn't.
The crowd loved the ball jokes, deflated and otherwise, which just proves that the beer was flowing in Dallas Sunday night...
Most Excellent Photobomb Surprise
Imagine you're an 8-year-old kid taking an official school photograph.
And imagine the photographer showing you the picture on the screen of his camera.
There's a guy in the shot behind you, and he looks like...
That's exactly what happened to Joshua Bass when his dad returned from a year-long deployment overseas.
Dad photobombed Joshua's picture, and watch what happened...
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Holy Parody, Batman!
You knew it would happen.
Following the less-than-impressive drop of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer over the weekend, you knew that folks would start having their fun with it.
This one happened sooner than I thought it would though.
An enterprising YouTuber took the audio of the real trailer, and mashed it up with video from the original Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve and the old Batman TV series starring Adam West.
And it is funny. Super funny.
Scientists have found a new species of frog in Costa Rica: the Glass Frog.
It's an amazing little amphibian, with a translucent belly that allows one to see its internal organs.
Of course, folks in the mainstream media have to dumb it down, so what does this new frog resemble.
Why Kermit, the Muppet frog, of course.
And leave it to Matt Lauer to put the icing on the dumb-down cake: "How convenient to be able to see all your organs, you know what's missing..."