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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 June 2014


Eco-friendly Control of Bean Beetles
Holes in the leaves of bean plants mean insects have moved in to share the harvest.  Don’t fret there are some easy ways to manage these pests.
Several insects can feed on bean plants and their pods. The bean leaf beetle, Mexican bean beetle and spotted cucumber beetle are the most common.
The bean beetle is ¼ inch long, yellow-green to red with four black dots on its back. High populations can devastate a planting. Cover plantings with floating row covers to keep the insects off. Firmly secure the edges to prevent the beetles from crawling underneath.
The Mexican bean beetle is a bit larger and can be yellow or coppery brown with 16 black dots. The immature stage, larvae, is orange or yellow, fuzzy and rather hump-backed. Remove and destroy any of the insects and their bright yellow eggs that you find.
A thorough clean up in the fall will reduce future problems.
A bit more information: The spotted cucumber beetle can also be found nibbling on your bean plants. It is long and narrow, yellowish green with black spots. Remove insects as found or use one of the more eco-friendly products like Neem, if needed.
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Start New Perennials from Root Cuttings
Expand your perennial plant collection or share a family heirloom with friends and family. Root cuttings of butterfly weed, bleeding heart and oriental poppies to start new plants to share.
 
Take root cuttings of most fleshy rooted perennials in late winter or early spring before growth begins. Wait until after the bleeding heart has stopped flowering and oriental poppies go dormant to make these root cuttings.
 
Start by raking the soil away from the base of the plant so that several roots are exposed.
 
Use a sharp knife to remove several roots. Cover the remaining roots and water the plant.
 
Cut the roots into 2 to 3 inch segments. Lay them on a well-drained potting mix, moist sand or other rooting media. Cover the roots and keep the rooting media moist but not wet.
 
New growth should appear in several weeks.  Young plants can be moved into the garden or container in a sheltered location.
 
A bit more information:  Division is the easiest way to start new plants. Simply use a sharp spade to dig the plant and lift it out of the ground. Use a sharp linoleum knife, drywall saw or two  garden forks to cut the original plant into several small pieces.
 
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Medinilla for Indoor and Outdoor Gardens
Add a bit of the tropics to your patio or indoor garden with a Medinilla Plant.
 
This Philippine native is a relative newcomer to the North American garden scene. It produces exotic pink flowers several times a year. The colorful buds slowly open and expand into a spike covered with pink flowers and bracts.
 
Grow your plant in bright light indoors or indirect sunlight outside. Water thoroughly whenever the soil just starts to dry. You’ll water less often in the winter.
 
Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer or use a gravel tray to elevate the pot above the water. This will save you time and improve the growing conditions by adding humidity around your plant. 
 
Only fertilize actively growing Medinilla plants. Use a dilute solution of a flowering plant fertilizer whenever your plant needs a nutrient boost.
 
Keep plants indoors when outside temperatures are below 54 degrees F (12 degrees C).
 
A bit more information: Remove faded flowers as your Medinilla finishes blooming. Fertilize regularly as the plant produces new growth. Once stems are at least 10 inches long you can start the reblooming process. Move your plant to a cooler location with temperatures about 64 degrees F (17 degrees C). Continue to provide bright light throughout the reblooming process.  Move back to its original location once the buds are at least 1 inch long. For more information visit http://www.medinilla.ca/plant-care.html
 
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Eco-friendly Control of Asparagus Beetles
You wait all winter for your asparagus harvest and so do the common and spotted asparagus beetles.
 
These common pests of asparagus feed on the emerging stems causing browning, scarring and crooking of the stems.  Later in the season the larvae of the common asparagus beetle feed on the foliage.  Severe defoliation can weaken the plants.
 
Both beetles are about ¼ inch long and oval in shape. The common asparagus beetle is bluish black with cream-colored spots while the spotted asparagus beetle is reddish orange with black spots.
 
Start watching for these pests as soon as the asparagus peeks through the ground.  Remove and drop the beetles and their worm-like larvae into a container of soapy water.  Smash any of the eggs as soon as they are discovered.
 
Avoid chemicals as these also kill the parasitic wasp that helps control these pests. A little time controlling these insects means a bigger and better tasting harvest.
 
A bit more information: Control the weeds and you will also increase your harvest. Regular removal and mulching will keep annual weeds under control. Quackgrass and other perennial weeds require more persistence to remove these from the garden.
 
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Cilantro
Add some flavor and potassium to your family meals with a bit of homegrown cilantro.
 
Plant transplants or sow seeds directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Cilantro grows best in full sun, cool temperatures and well-drained soil. Gardeners in cooler climates can sow seeds every 3 to 4 weeks throughout the summer for continual harvest. Those with hotter summers will have the best results growing cilantro in the cooler temperatures of spring, fall and even winter in some areas.
 
Harvest the leaves back to the ground when they are at least 4 to 6 inches long. Only harvest a third of the plant to allow it to keep producing. After several harvests or as temperatures warm the plant will set seed. After the white flowers fade, green seeds appear and eventually turn brown. Harvest and use the seeds, they are the herb known as coriander, or allow them to drop to the ground and sprout new plants. 
 
A bit more information: The 2006 All American Selection Award Winner Delfino Cilantro has fine ferny foliage. It branches freely, producing more leaves to harvest and enjoy. Plus, it tends to form flowers and seeds later than other varieties.
 
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Pick a Bit of Purslane for Your Salad
Put down the weeder and break out the harvest basket. The weed you are trying to kill may be a tasty addition to your salads and sandwiches.

Purslane is an aggressive annual weed that can be found anywhere from cultivated gardens to vacant patches of earth. It grows flat on the ground with thick succulent leaves similar to a jade plant. It spreads by stem pieces and seeds that can last for up to 40 years in the soil. You’ll see more of this weed during hot dry summers.
 
Harvest young plants and use the leaves fresh in salads and on sandwiches. Stir-fry, puree or steam the leaves and use it as a spinach substitute. Just don’t overcook as it gets a bit slimy.
 
Be sure to wash the plants before eating and only harvest plants growing in areas where pesticides, including weed killers, have not been used.
 
If you become a fan of purslane, consider purchasing the seed of varieties bred for better flavor.
 
A bit more information:  If you decide to control this weed, pull the plant before it goes to seed. Then mulch the soil with a one to two inch layer of shredded leaves or evergreen needles to help prevent the seeds from sprouting.
 
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Plant Bee-Friendly Plants for National Pollinator Week (June 16-23)
Celebrate National Pollinator week June 16th to 23rd by adding a few new bee-friendly plants to your garden. Both our native bees and the honeybees are important to our gardens and food supply.
 
Borage is an annual herb that grows 24 to 36 inches tall and is topped with beautiful blue flowers. It can be used for seasoning meat, the flowers can be candied and the leaves are steeped to make tea.

Calendula also known as pot marigold thrives in full sun and cooler temperatures. The bees will enjoy the nectar and you can harvest the white, yellow or orange flowers for cooking in soups and stews.
 
Goldenrod is not the cause of hayfever, but is a favorite of bees and other beneficial insects. The bright yellow flowers combine nicely with asters for a beautiful fall display.
 
And put away the pesticides. These products can kill the good insects as effectively as the bad guys.
 
A bit more information: Further help the bees by providing the raw materials they need for nesting. Leave a few small brush piles, dried grasses, reeds and deadwood for the wild bees. Or invest in one of the bee houses or beneficial nesting boxes like those available at Gardener’s Supply.
 
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Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Looking for the perfect gift for dad? Consider the gift of time.
 
Help him enjoy gardening more or reduce time spent gardening, so he has more time to fish, golf or just relax under a shade tree.
 
Look for tools that make dad’s job easier and fun. Convert an old snow sled into a nifty plant sled. Add a longer secure rope so he can drag heavy items across the lawn.  Or maybe that old wagon can be painted and find a second life as a means of moving watering cans and bags of mulch around the landscape.
 
Buy a stand-alone tool caddy or one that wraps around a five gallon bucket. Fill it with a hand pruner, Dee Weeder, pair of gloves or any of those small gardening tools that seem to disappear when needed.
 
And add a garden journal where he can not only record his garden successes, but also his secrets to share.
 
And don’t forget to offer your time to help him with weeding, mowing or whatever garden chore he least enjoys.
 
A bit more information: Here are a few other projects that will help dad be organized and save time in the garden. Purchase a plastic container with a lid for all of his seeds. Organize seeds alphabetically, label with dividers and take inventory. This way he can store seeds in the fridge to maintain their viability, quickly find seeds he needs and reference the inventory when seed shopping at the garden center or from a catalogue.
 
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Caring for Bromeliads

Looking for an easy indoor flowering plant? Try adding bromeliads to your collection.

These long blooming beauties require minimal care. Many bromeliads are epiphytes, naturally growing on trees and gathering nutrients and water from the environment, not by parasitizing the plants they live upon. You will find bromeliads at garden centers and florists mounted on boards, rocks or growing in well-drained potting or orchid mix.
 
Water the plants often enough to prevent the roots from drying out. Those bromeliads with a rosette of leaves that form a vase or tank absorb the water more efficiently through their leaves. So be sure to keep water in the leaf “tank” to keep these thriving.
 
Fertilize actively growing plants during the growing season with a dilute solution of flowering houseplant fertilizer. Once the flowers fade, the parent plant begins to decline. Don’t worry - new plants will soon appear.
 
A bit more information:  Divide and repot the young plants that form as the parent plant declines. Once these plants reach maturity they can be forced to flower. Place a piece of an apple and the plant in a sealed plastic bag for three days. Remove and wait for flowers to form.
 
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Contrast Colors and Texture to Add Pizzazz to the Garden

Is your garden looking a bit drab? It’s time to liven things up with a few new plant combinations.  

Pair plants with opposite features to create a focal point and add a bit of pizazz to the landscape.
 
Start with color. Pairing plants with colors on the opposite side of the color wheel is sure to grab your attention. Blue salvia and yellow coreopsis, purple heliotrope and orange blackberry lily are just a few examples.
 
Look for opportunities to add some interesting textures. The fine leaves of ornamental grass are great against the bolder leaves of Canna. Or, mix Russian sage with your coneflowers.
 
And look for interesting and contrasting forms. Plant tall spiky speedwells next to round flowered zinnias or set a squatty round birdbath in front of a stand of tall hollyhocks.  These contrasting combinations emphasize each partner’s unique features.
 
A bit more information: The same design strategy works in the shade.  Combine the yellow daisy flowers of Leopard’s bane with the spiky blue flowers of Camassia. Or try mixing Japanese Forest grass (Hakonechloa) in front of a big blue leafed hosta
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National Gardening Exercise Day
It’s National Gardening Exercise Day, so get out and workout in your garden today!
 
Whether you have a large landscape, small city lot or garden in containers, indoors or out, you will burn calories, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood through gardening.
 
Plus, you will be nurturing beautiful flowers for bouquets and fresh fruits and vegetables for your dinner table.
 
No garden? Then plant one. Consider planting a pot of your favorite grilling herbs to grow right next to the grill. Or plant a pot or patch of black and blue salvia, cuphea, also known as cigar plant, and fuchsias to bring hummingbirds to your garden.  And don’t overlook the benefit of growing tomatoes and peppers in a garden or container. They provide lots of vitamins and antioxidants – a perfect complement to your garden workout.
 
Make sure to follow a sensible routine, just like your workout at the gym.
 
A bit more information: Warm up with slow gentle motions. Then ramp up your garden workout with a few lunges as you weed. And be sure to finish gardening with some gentle stretches and slower movement.
 
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Grow Your Own Chocolate – Chocolate Mint, That Is!
Add some chocolate to your diet and garden without adding all those calories.

Chocolate mint is an easy to grow plant with a strong minty fragrance and flavor topped off with a hint of chocolate. It makes the perfect garnish for desserts and as an ingredient in tea, ice cream, mojitos and anything chocolate.
 
Like most mints this is an aggressive plant. Grow it in a pot on your patio, deck or porch to keep it accessible and contained. Place your pot of mint in full sun or partial shade. It prefers cool moist soils, but as most gardeners have discovered, it tolerates a variety of conditions.
 
Harvest leaves and sprigs of your chocolate mint as needed throughout the season.  Don’t be timid - the more you harvest the more new stems and leaves will be produced. This fresh new growth has the best flavor.
 
Store sprigs of fresh mint in a glass of water or dry and wrap in plastic in the refrigerator.
 
A bit more information: Make larger harvests for drying and freezing just as the flowers begin to appear. You’ll get the greatest concentration of flavor. Larger harvests will not weaken the plant. Watch for fresh new growth and continue to harvest as needed.
 
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Celebrate Rose Month – Eat Your Roses
The from-the-garden-to-the-table movement is not just about fruits and vegetables. Edible flowers like roses can provide beauty in a vase or on your dinner plate.
 
Rose petals are edible fresh in a salad, seeped in tea or cooked into jam and bakery.  The flavor varies with the variety and weather conditions, but you may taste a hint of strawberries or green apples when munching on a rose petal.
 
Harvest petals from recently opened flowers. Remove the individual petals and cut out the often bitter portion at the base. Spritz the petals with water to wash off bugs and dust. Pat dry then use fresh or dry for future use.
 
Make sure no pesticides have been applied to or near the plants and that they have not been exposed to roadside pollutants.
 
Leave some flowers on the plant to enjoy and develop into fruit that is decorative, edible and high in Vitamin C.
 
A bit more information: Harvest rose hips when they are fully colored, and better yet, after a light frost when they are sweetest. Use to make tea, candy, sauce, jams and jellies.
 
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These Guys LOVE the Patriots
In the media firestorm that's come to be known as Deflategate, it's become pretty clear that the New England Patriots are the most hated football team in the NFL. But there's still plenty of people who love this team and its players. Like these guys, who stepped up on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to take the hit for letting the air out of those footballs. Each one of them claims to be "the locker room guy" responsible for letting the air out of the balls. Wait. Do a couple of these guys look familiar...?  
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Captain America Vs. Guardian of the Galaxy!
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"Lost Dog" Overcomes Obstacles
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"Get Out of Here, You Low-Life Scum"
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The Snow Never Bothered Them Anyway
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Will This Be Katy Perry's Halftime Song?
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You Think They'd Know This One
Jeff Franklin, the creator of Full House, celebrated his birthday last weekend, and an impromptu partial cast reunion happened. Andrea Barber, who played Kimmy Gibbler on the show, posted this video to Instagram, capturing the cast singing the show's theme song. Well, attempting to sing it, anyway. Andrea's hashtag says it all - #onlyknewthechorus. Check it out and see if you can help them at all...     Only for you, Jeff Franklin. Only for you. Happy Birthday. #everywhereyoulook #whatsmyline? #onlyknewthechorus #cantgetthisdamnsongouttamyhead @candacecbure @loriloughlin @bobsaget @johnstamos *Edited: Who has a better, full version of this?? I saw all those iPhones out there pointed at us!! Um vídeo publicado por Andrea Barber (@andreabarber) em Jan 25, 2015 às 9:21 PST
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Marshawn Lynch, Skittle Seahawks
Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Seattle Seahawks, is notorious for avoiding the press and press conferences. But put a bowlful of Skittles candies in front of him, he's a veritable talking machine. It looks like a long-form commercial on the Skittlesbrand YouTube page - no word on whether it will be condensed to a more broadcast-friendly length. Until then, Marshawn wants to thank Skittles - after fielding a bunch of interesting questions - "for making the game day more awesomer."  
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Sasquatch Plays in the Boston Snow
If it's on the internet, it's got to be true, right? A strange snow creature was pictured wandering the streets in and around Boston during Blizzard Juno. Sasquatch? Yeti? Bigfoot? Abominable snowman? The Boston Yeti enjoying #blizzardof2015 #Snowmageddon2015 #juno2015 pic.twitter.com/3uwTQ1gOZg — Boston Yeti 2015 (@BostonYeti2015) January 27, 2015 He's calling himself the Boston Yeti, and he's got a Twitter account and he's the latest storm-related viral sensation. Nothing to worry about. Some local news outlets are saying it's probably a guy in a costume. Whew! That was close!
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Some of the Best Juno Memes
When weather strikes, you can always count on the internet for some fun memes. Blizzard Juno provided a great opportunity for so many folks to have fun as a genuine nor'easter dropped a thick blanket of snow on southern New England. Here are three, for your consideration - a little frozen fun.   You best get ready for the blizzard east coast! specially NY! #blizzard2015 #winterstormjuno pic.twitter.com/O8gAyeDpYI — Sharam (@DJSHARAM) January 26, 2015 BRING IT ON! #NYC #Snowmageddon2015 #snow pic.twitter.com/ZnxqC5uXiQ — Jordi v/d Bovenkamp (@JOR_ID) January 26, 2015 2 feet of snow in New York #Snowmageddon2015 pic.twitter.com/pH1kXqJqW8 — One World 365 (@oneworld365) January 27, 2015
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Kardashian Klone Faktory?
Take a look at this Instagram picture at the bottom of this post... That's Bruce Jenner sort of in the middle, surrounded by his three step-daughters and two actual daughters. Unless you're an actual student of the K-Klan or a devotee of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, I imagine you're having trouble sorting out who's who. Me too. Okay, here's a tutorial, numbering the girls one through five, from left to right. The one thing they all have in common is their mother, currently known as Kris Jenner. Girls 1, 3 and 4 are not full sisters. Girl 5 actually does belong in the picture. Girls 2 and 4 are half-sisters. Girl 3 is not actually a clone of Girl 1, but she sure looks like it, doesn't she? Okay, here's your decorder ring: (1) Kim Kardashian; (2) Kendall Jenner; (3) Kylie Jenner; (4) & (5) Kourtney and Khloe, or vice versa. I'm not 100% sure. I'm glad we took the time to straighten this out... Almost.     daddy's girls A photo posted by Kylizzle (@kyliejenner) on Jan 19, 2015 at 6:28pm PST
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Better Call Jimmy McGill?
The creative team and cast of Better Call Saul, the prequel to AMC's Breaking Bad, sat down to chat a little bit about the show's birth. It's a pretty informative piece, describing the time and place captured in the show. For instance, Saul Goodman (the character you know from Breaking Bad) is really Jimmy McGill? The executive producers are promising something different than Breaking Bad, but something exciting and full of surprises. AMC's banking big on this one, with a two-night premiere, February 8 and 9. Will you be watching?  var bc_params = {"api":"hybrid","playerId":"83327935001","playerKey":"AQ~~,AAAAAAuyCbQ~,-gfAmfm8njJ8S-9E4q2UfzG931rvkxuP"};   brightcove.createExperiences();
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Best No School Announcement Ever!
Moses Brown is a college prep school in Providence, Rhode Island. Yesterday, as Blizzard Juno bore down on the Northeast, promising up to two feet of snow and more for the region, MB's Head of School, Matt Glendinning, announced that there would be no school today. But he didn't just call the local radio and TV stations. He went all out and produced a no school announcement to beat all no school announcements, and posted it to the school's YouTube account. To the tune of "Let It Go," ladies and gentlemen, I give you "School Is Closed!"  
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The Winner of Super Bowl XLIX is...
For the 12th year in a row, the folks at EA Sports - makers of the Madden NFL video games - have played out the Super Bowl on their game. They plugged in the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, and the winner is... Well, maybe I shouldnt say. Why spoil the fun? Watch the highlights and game summary, if you like. Or, just wait until this Sunday for the real deal. All too silly for you? Consider this. In the past 11 years, the Madden NFL team has gotten the outcome right 8 times...  
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Fashion Statement or Fashion Victim
Olivia Culpo, who represented the USA in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2012 and who took home the crown, was in attendance for the 2015 pageant this weekend. She was on the arm of her boyfriend, singer Nick Jonas, and he posted this picture to his Instagram page of the two of them together. The picture - and others like it of Olivia - have set the internet on fire. Well, sort of. Entertainment Weekly calls it the "most cleavage-baring dress we've ever seen." Others are wondering how the dress is able, seemingly, to dey the law of gravity. The Daily Mail in London says that Olivia was "a stand out donning a strapless frock that left many jaws on the floor." Personally, I think like she's lucky to have survived that encounter with the shredder...     #missuniverse A photo posted by @nickjonas on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:51am PST
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