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Melinda Myers

Manage Mosquitoes While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

June 22, 2016

Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your yard. Do a bit of yard and garden clean up.  Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens and keep the lawn properly mowed to reduce resting spaces for adult mosquitoes. Eliminate standing water where […]

Create Memorable Moments This Summer – Design an Outdoor Room for All to Enjoy

May 27, 2016

No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Start by gathering ideas from magazines, the internet and websites like Gardener’s Supply Company for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable for your outdoor […]

Back to Basics – Low Maintenance Flower Garden Care

April 18, 2016

Grow a beautiful flower garden with minimal care by investing a bit of time at the start of the season to reduce on-going care. Always match flowers to the growing conditions and the care you are willing to provide.  Low maintenance plants need minimal or no deadheading and staking. This means you’ll be growing good-looking […]

Low Maintenance Vegetable Gardening for a Bountiful Harvest

April 9, 2016

Increase your harvest without increasing the size of your garden or workload. All you need is a bit of intensive planting, along with some low maintenance techniques. Invest some time upfront to prepare the garden soil. This will save you time throughout the growing season. Add several inches of organic matter and a slow release […]

Add Sparkle to Your Landscape with Unique Containers and Elevated Garden

April 6, 2016

Perk up your containers and add a bit of sparkle to your landscape with bright colors, unusual materials or a unique purpose. Include an elevated garden to increase planting space and make planting, weeding and harvesting easier on the back and knees.  Liven things up with a robin egg blue VegTrug™ or washtubs elevated on […]

Extend the Garden Season with Spring Planted Bulbs

March 24, 2016

Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance spring planted bulbs.  Plant them in spring among other annuals or perennials and watch as these bulbs brighten the garden, adding new life to your late season gardens. Whether your gardens and containers are […]

Ease into Gardening with a Raised Bed

March 18, 2016

Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix, plus make gardening time more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling. Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, there are a few things to consider when […]

Create a Garden Anywhere with Straw Bales

March 8, 2016

Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows gardeners to create raised bed gardens on a patio, lawn or any area with poor compacted soil. Straw bale gardening has been around for centuries, but thanks to Joel Karsten’s book “Straw Bale Gardens” it has gained new popularity. […]

Plant a Pollinator Garden and Enjoy the Many Benefits

February 19, 2016

Whether planting a garden, enjoying the beauty of your landscape or sitting down to a delicious meal, you have bees, butterflies and other pollinators to thank. These essential members of our ecosystem are responsible for much of the food and beauty we enjoy each day. Unfortunately pesticides and habitat loss are threatening their existence. There […]

Homegrown Flavor from an Indoor Garden

January 19, 2016

Add some homegrown flavor to your winter meals.  From microgreens to tomatoes, it is possible to grow produce indoors. Microgreens are a quick and easy way to add some flavor and crunch to your plate.  Just plant seeds labeled for sprouting or microgreens in a shallow container filled with a sterile potting or seed starting […]

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