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.
Add a little fun and flavor to your landscape this summer with a pizza garden. You can grow almost all the ingredients, except of course the cheese, sausage and anchovies, in your vegetable garden, amongst your flowers, or even in containers. And add to the fun by planting the ingredients in the shape of a pizza pie or just a slice.
You’ll want a Roma tomato or two for the sauce and as one of your toppings. Include a few green peppers, hot ones if you like a little heat, onions and any of your other favorite vegetable toppings.
Don’t forget the herbs. The low growing perennial oregano and upright basil are flavorful additions.
Add some red leaf lettuce for the pizza sauce color and to make a side salad to serve with your homegrown pizza. And don’t forget the cheese. Consider planting yellow marigolds around the edge of your pizza garden to give it that cheesy look.
A bit more information: You can also grow your pizza garden in containers. A low, wide washtub with drainage holes filled with dwarf vegetable plants would work great. Or use individual pots of vegetables grouped together to form your pizza or set within existing plantings.
May 29th is National Learn About Composting Day. Celebrate by starting your first or adding an additional compost pile to your landscape.
And don’t let a lack of space stop you. My friend Ellen composts in pots on the rooftop of her Manhattan condominium. She saves time hauling plant debris out and compost in by converting her garden debris into compost one pot at a time. It’s good for her garden, the environment and her busy schedule.
Keep it simple and you will do it. Place plant waste in a heap and let it decompose. It’s as simple as that. The more carefully you build the pile, turn and monitor, the faster you’ll have compost.
The key to success is only composting insect- and disease-free plant waste. No perennial weeds or annual weeds gone to seed and no meat, fat or dairy products that attract rodents.
A bit more information: Fancy bins help keep the pile contained and dress up the process. They can also help with keeping multiple piles of compost decomposing quickly. A three-bin composter allows you to collect material in one bin. Then create a compost pile with layers of green (high nitrogen) and brown (high carbon materials) in the second bin. Once this pile reaches peak temperatures and begins to cool, it is turned over into the third bin. The process is repeated until composting is complete.
No matter where you live we are all concerned about our precious resource – water. And whether you live in an apartment or you garden a large plot of ground – you can make a difference one bucket at a time.
Think of all the water that goes down the drain as we wait for our bath water to warm. Stick a 5 gallon bucket under the faucet to capture that fresh clean water. Remove when the water has reached the desired temperature.
Then, head out to the garden. Use this water for containers and moisture-loving plants. I know - it’s not the prettiest bathroom accessory, but with a bit of convincing and training you can get your family to help in the cause.
And don’t forget about the water dripping from your air conditioner or dehumidifier. This is great for outdoor gardens, containers and houseplants, especially those like spider plants, Ti and dracaenas that don’t like the chemicals in treated water.
A bit more information: Many communities are allowing gray water, water that’s collected from showers, washing machines and kitchen sinks, for use on ornamental landscapes. Check with your local municipalities on related regulations before installing a gray water collection system. A bit more information: Plant in clusters whenever possible. Groupings of several pollinator favorites are more attractive than single plants. But if space is limited you can still bring them in with a container planting or small space garden. For more information, click here.
Give nature and your garden a helping hand this season by planting a pollinator garden.
Over 75% of the world’s flowering plants depend on bees and other pollinators to form seeds and fruit, that we eat, use for medicine and most importantly for the plants to reproduce.
Increase the number of pollinators visiting your garden by planting a variety of plants so you have flowers all season long. Include a variety of colors and shapes to attract a wide variety of pollinators. You’ll also enjoy the variety and long bloom your pollinator garden provides.
Use native plants suited to the growing conditions whenever possible. You’ll attract more pollinators and provide food for many of their offspring.
And skip the pesticides that can harm the very insects you are trying to attract. Use the pluck, drop and stomp method or wait for lady beetles, praying mantis, and nature’s other predators to take care of garden pests.
A bit more information: Plant in clusters whenever possible. Groupings of several pollinator favorites are more attractive than single plants. But if space is limited you can still bring them in with a container planting or small space garden. For more information, click here.
What do cosmos and lettuce have in common? You can start them both from seed directly in the garden for you and the goldfinches to enjoy.
Sally Roth a frequent contributor to Birds and Blooms magazine shared this great combination. One summer her lettuce had gone to seed. She soon discovered the goldfinches feasting on the seed.
This inspired the cosmos and lettuce combination that keeps her garden looking good and the goldfinches happy. She plants lettuce and cosmos together in her garden. She harvests the outer leaves of lettuce throughout the spring. As the cosmos grows it shades the lettuce, extending her harvest.
Once the heat of summer arrives and the lettuce bolts (or sets seed), the tall cosmos masks the view. The finches feed on the lettuce seeds and butterflies visit the cosmos. Once the cosmos sets seed the finches return for a late season feast.
A bit more information: Look for other unexpected bird and butterfly-attracting plants. You just may be surprised how many of these plants are already growing in your garden. For more bird and butterfly gardening tips and ideas from me visit http://www.birdsandblooms.com/melinda-myers/
It’s all in the timing and that goes for planting vegetables.
The unusually cold winter, late spring as well as seasonal and long-term droughts have gardeners everywhere a bit anxious. One key to gardening success is timing your planting based on weather not the calendar.
Cool season crops can tolerate cool air and soil. The flavor is better and you’ll use less water if these are harvested before the heat of summer.
Warm season crops need warm soil and air to thrive. Waiting for the right temperature results in less transplant shock and faster seed germination. Beans and corn planted in cool soil are slow to germinate and more susceptible to root maggot. Tomatoes and peppers planted too early can be stunted and your harvest delayed.
Use planting guides from your local extension service, along with the local weather forecasts and a soil thermometer to keep you on track when it comes to planting.
A bit more information: Provide a bit of shade to extend the harvest of cool season crops. Gardeners in heat and drought stressed areas need to get their plantings in as soon as possible so the harvest can occur before the extreme temperatures of summer increase water use.
You can have a beautiful garden and still have time to relax and enjoy it.
Roy Diblik just released his new book The Know - that’s KNOW Maintenance Perennial Garden. The idea is to group plants of similar needs and assertiveness into communities. This is the basis of any attractive low maintenance garden. But he pushes the limits of our imagination and creates unexpected and attractive combinations.
In fact, he provides sample combinations and the grids for planting. Find one that meets your needs and repeat to fill the space available.
He also provides low maintenance tips. Roy recommends using a long handled Dutch hoe. You’ll be able to weed in an upright position, reducing back stress and time spent weeding. Spring cleanup of larger perennial gardens is reduced to several passes with the mulching mower. The plant debris is left in place to improve the soil – just like in nature.
A bit more information: Roy developed this method from years of growing, tending and designing gardens. He has created these durable gardens at private homes and public gardens like the Art Institute of Chicago or his Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington WI.
Tired of floppy sedums? A little grooming and the right location can improve their appearance and decrease your workload.
Sedums, including the ever popular Autumn Joy, prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They tend to flop when grown in the shade and overly moist soil.
Move your plant to a sunny location with good drainage if needed. Add organic matter to heavy clay soil to improve drainage and increase your growing success.
Avoid high nitrogen fast release fertilizers that promote lush succulent growth more likely to flop. Use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite, if your plants need a nutrient boost.
If the plants still flop, it’s time to get out the pruners. Prune plants back halfway when they are 8 inches tall. Or pinch out the growing tips. This encourages more compact growth. The flowers will be smaller, but you’ll have more of them to enjoy.
A bit more information: Early season pruning is a useful technique for encouraging more compact sturdier growth on many late season perennials. Russian sage, coneflower, asters and mums are just a few.
Don’t let seasonal or long-term drought stop you from gardening. A few changes in your gardening habits can help you conserve water while growing fresh produce in your backyard.
Grow just what you need and will use. You’ll waste less produce and water growing vegetables that never get harvested and eaten.
Be sure to plant in blocks or wide rows. Leave just enough space for vegetables to reach their full size. The plants will shade the bare soil, helping to conserve moisture. And you will harvest more from less space.
Improve your soil and you’ll use less water. Add organic matter to increase the water holding ability in fast draining soils and improve drainage in heavy clay soils.
And use an organic mulch like shredded leaves or evergreen needles to conserve water, suppress weeds and improve the soil as they decompose.
Grow drought tolerant vegetables like amaranth, eggplant, chard, rhubarb, and asparagus. Look for varieties listed as drought tolerant.
A bit more information: Position your garden in a sunny, but sheltered location. Reducing wind flowing over the plants will reduce moisture lost through transpiration (evaporation of water from the upper parts of plants). And that means less water needed. For more information on drought tolerant plants click here.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. And though gardening is not considered an Olympic sport, it is a great way to burn calories, increase strength and flexibility while creating a beautiful garden.
Start with gentle back stretches or light activities before digging, hauling and other more intense gardening activities. Once you get started gardening, alternate intense activities like digging with lighter activities like weeding. Mix up your gardening tasks to vary the muscle groups used. Prune a while, then plant, dig and rake.
Then take a break. Rest your muscles, admire your work and reassess what needs to be done next. And be sure to drink some water and stay hydrated throughout your gardening workout.
Practice good posture and deep breathing as you garden. Keep your back straight and use your core muscles to extend your gardening time and avoid sore muscles. Invest in ergonomic tools for more pain-free gardening.
A bit more information: Don’t let a bad back and sore knees stop you from gardening. Try raised beds or green walls for easier access. Invest in a garden bench, kneeler or other garden accessories that help ease the strain on painful joints.
It seems to be everywhere – your garden, lawn and cracks in the sidewalk. Quackgrass is that aggressive perennial grass that can quickly take over lawns and gardens.
Quackgrass spreads by a long white root-like rhizome. Every piece of that rhizome that breaks off and lands in the soil can start a new plant. This makes control difficult. Cultivation with a hoe or tiller breaks up the rhizome resulting in more plants.
Twice monthly cultivation for at least one, preferably two, growing seasons can control this weed. You must be diligent or you will end up with more not less quackgrass.
Solarization is also an option. Remove your desirable plants. Check for and remove any quackgrass that may have infiltrated these plants. Edge the bed and cover with clear plastic for 6 to 8 weeks during the hottest part of the growing season. This is usually enough to cook the quackgrass and other weeds.
A bit more information: Some of the new eco-friendly products use plant or soap based products to burn the tops of this and other plants. Unfortunately it will not kill the roots and rhizomes. Repeated use can eventually starve and kill the plant. But you must be more persistent than this weed. I find this strategy is fairly effective for controlling quack and other weeds in my walks and pavers.
Walking into a garden center filled with beautiful new varieties of plants is a temptation many gardeners succumb to. You can include some of the cool new plants in your landscape even when your plant budget is limited or you are trying to make it go further.
Add a few of the cool, usually pricier new plants to a container filled with less expensive favorites. Or dig and divide some overgrown perennials. Use those with great foliage as fillers.
Shop with friends! It’s often cheaper to buy plants by the flat. Buy in quantity and share the plants and the cost.
Start with smaller size plants or seeds. Perennials in quart size pots, trees and shrubs in gallon containers are cheaper. Just provide space for this small transplant to reach its full size. Fill in the voids with annuals started from seeds. You’ll not only save money but, have fun watching the plants grow and fill in the space over time.
A bit more information: Starting plants from seeds directly in the garden is not only economical, but can increase your selection. Just make sure the seeds you select will have enough time to grow and flower or fruit during your growing season.
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..."