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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.

Vacation Care for Indoor Plants - The Garden Mix

Summer is the time for vacations and travel.  And if you can’t find a plant sitter, you may need to get creative when it comes to keeping your indoor plants alive. 
Start by creating a mini terrarium.  Water your plants thoroughly.  Set them in the sink or tub and cover with clear plastic.  This closed system will keep your plants moist. 
Or create a self-watering pot or system.  Fill a plastic container, bucket, or tin with water.  Run cotton or felt strips from the water reservoir into the pot.  The water moves through the fabric to the container, keeping the potting mix moist.
Or use a capillary mat.  Set a felt mat on the dish drainer beside the sink.   Run the mat over the edge and into the sink filled with water.  Place plants on the mat.  The water will move through the mat and to the plants where it is needed.
And no matter what method is used – give it a test run before leaving town.
A bit more information:  Double potting houseplants in clay pots can help extend the time between watering.  Set the clay pot inside a slightly larger plastic pot.  Fill the gap with moist sphagnum to slow drying and serve as a moisture reservoir.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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