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Give Houseplants a bit of TLC this Summer
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Even your houseplants need a bit of protection from the heat, air conditioning and intense sunlight of summer. The longer days and more intense summer sun streaming through...
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Scarlet Lily Beetle
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Holes in lily leaves may mean the scarlet lily leaf beetle has moved into your garden. This European native was first discovered in North America in Montreal Canada...
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Starting Clematis from Seed
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Looking for a way to expand your clematis, or should I say as some prefer KLEM-a-tis collection? Try starting new plants from seeds this summer. Once the seedheads turn brown,...
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Improve your Lawn and Save Time by Sharpening the Mower Blades
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Save time, fuel, water and improve the look of your lawn by sharpening your mower's blades. Dull blades tear the grass instead of making a clean cut. This results in a dull...
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Downy Mildew on Basil
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Yellowing along leaf veins, black spots and fuzzy gray growth on basil may mean downy mildew has infected the plants. This fungal disease is carried on seeds, infected...
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Blanching Cauliflower and Celery
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Cover the heads of cauliflower and stalks of celery for that creamy white appearance and less bitter flavor. This technique, called blanching, prevents sunlight from reaching...
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Managing Picnic Beetles
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Don't share the harvest with picnic beetles this summer. Regular harvesting and sanitation can help reduce problems with this garden pest. Picnic beetles are small, up to...
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Anthracnose on Ash, Maple and Oaks
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Irregular shaped brown spots on the leaves of maple, ash, oak and sycamore trees could mean your tree has anthracnose. This disease is caused by several different fungi and is...
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Don’t Step on a Bee Day – July 10th
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. July 10th is Don't Step on a Bee Day. Celebrate this fun holiday by taking a moment to watch the bees busy at work in your garden. Did you know bees use dance to communicate?...
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Design Strategies for a Low Maintenance Landscape
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. A thoughtful plan or a few changes in your current design can help reduce your workload and improve the beauty of your landscape. Avoid the temptation to plant perennials and...
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The Mix Insider
Let Them Drink Hype?
This could well be the strangest thing Kim Kardashian's done. I know, she's already set that bar pretty high, but this thing... Okay, it's a commercial/film for Hype energy drink. It starts with Double-K riding a bike with a basket...
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Mission: Impossible Lip Sync Battle
Tom Cruise visited The Tonight Show the other night. I guess his purpose was to promote Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which opens this Friday nationwide But, he got engaged in a little battle with Jimmy Fallon. A lip sync battle, to be...
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We're Off to See the Wiz
NBC is continuing along with its live theatrical productions. First, it was The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood. Then, last year's Peter Pan with Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. This Thanksgiving season, they're offering up...
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Helen Mirren Cusses on Live TV
Helen Mirren was a guest on Good Morning, Britain yesterday - a wake-up-and-smile TV talk show. We have a few of them here in The States - perhaps you've heard of them? She's telling a story about going camping with then-boyfriend Liam...
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No Explanation Possible
Lester Holt sums it up perfectly: "There is intense outrage..." around the world, especially on social media. A dentist from Minnesota killed a noble lion in Zimbabwe that had been lured out of a game preserve. The dentist says he paid some local...
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Sleeper of the Summer?
I was just scrolling through some upcoming attraction trailers, and stumbled on this one. I know there's a whole art to putting movie trailers together to get you thinking you want to see a particular movie, and I have to admit, the artiste behind...
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Hut One, Hut Two, Boo Boo BOO!
This is a pretty funny video. One of the coaches of the Ohio State University football team dressed up like one of the mannequins in the hallway at the training facility, and waited for unsuspecting players to pass. Then, he pounced! Most of the...
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Shoop for Me, Bobbi Kristina
There's a video makiing the rounds in the wake of Bobbi Kristina Brown's passing on Sunday. It shows Bobbi Kristina on stage with her mom, Whitney Houston, when she was perhaps three or four years old. Whitney was in concert in Washington,...
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Goodbye, Dr. Huxtable... Hello, Mr. Hyde
It's one of the saddest falls from grace ever. Bill Cosby, one of the most respected entertainers of the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond, is now one of the most reviled men on the planet. To date, 46 women have come forward, accusing the comedian of...
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Lime Juice & Sunshine Do NOT Mix
I've never heard about this medical condition before, but after extensive research - okay, I Googled it - it seems like there might be something to it. It's called phytophotodermatitis. Here's the clinical...
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