Category Archives: Melinda Myers

Add Some Extra Appeal to Your Landscape with Garden Art

By Melinda Myers

Adding excitement to your garden is easy.  You can create instant, year-round color, structure, motion and fun to your landscape with a bit of garden art.

Just like shopping for plants, look for pieces that complement your gardening style. And consider all the benefits each piece of art provides. Many pieces are functional as well as beautiful, helping you get the most from your garden budget.

In centuries past, garden art included statues of gods and beautiful people as well as pieces that mimicked nature’s ornamental qualities. You can still find those traditional garden statues. But these days you will also find colorful pieces made from a variety of weatherproof materials in a variety of styles. Continue reading Add Some Extra Appeal to Your Landscape with Garden Art

Select the Best Tomatoes for Your Garden and Table

By Melinda Myers

Sliced, sauced, or cooked in your favorite recipe; tomatoes are a favorite and versatile vegetable. What’s more, they taste best when grown and harvested from your own garden or container.

Ensure the best flavor and greatest results by selecting the most disease-resistant varieties and growing your tomatoes in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Select plants with the growth habit that works best with your garden space and gardening style. Determinate tomatoes are perfect for small-space gardens and containers. They grow to a certain height, stop growing, and produce their fruit over a relatively short timeframe. Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow throughout the season, producing flowers and fruit until you prune out the tip or frost kills the plant.  Stake or tower the plants to save space, reduce disease and insect problems, and make harvesting more convenient.

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Grow Your Own Tropical Paradise in a Container or Garden

By Melinda Myers

Add an exciting new look to your garden, poolside, patio or deck with elephant ears.  These easy tropical plants have tall stems and giant leaves that measure up to two feet across. You can use them to create an instant focal point in the garden, screen an unwanted view, or extend a bold welcome at the front door.

Elephant ears can be grown in containers as well as the garden, so if space is an issue, try some of the more compact varieties like Hawaiian Punch. You’ll appreciate the impact this three-foot tall plant makes with its red stems and bright green leaves with dark red veining. Continue reading Grow Your Own Tropical Paradise in a Container or Garden

Grow a Healthy Lawn with the Help of a Professional

By Melinda Myers

Lawns are the canvas upon which our landscapes are created. They provide living walkways, play areas for the family, energy savings and environmental benefits by capturing soil and water, preventing it from entering our waterways.

But limited time and environmental concerns often prevent homeowners from growing a green healthy lawn.  If this is your challenge, consider hiring a lawn care professional to lend a helping hand. Continue reading Grow a Healthy Lawn with the Help of a Professional

Bring in the Birds for Winter Beauty and Entertainment

By Melinda Myers

Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year round.

Increase the number of visitors to your yard by including all the essentials these winged visitors need; food, shelter and water.

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Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

By Melinda Myers

Dress up the holidays or give gifts that continue giving throughout the year with these low maintenance gardening trends. Just add a little fun, classic beauty or style to make it even more memorable now and throughout the year.

Terrariums.  These mini greenhouses continue to grow in popularity and are perfect for new or timid gardeners. Just plant a few small tropical plants, moisten the soil, close the lid and you have a self contained growing chamber.  Show off your green thumb with a modern, classic or vintage style vessel. Continue reading Four Easy Care Gardening Trends for the Holiday Season

Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold – Compost

By Melinda Myers

Save time and money by turning landscape trimmings into a valuable soil amendment.

The idea is simple, just collect disease- and insect-free plant debris into a heap and let it decompose into a fine, nutrient rich material that helps improve the soil. Don’t add meat, dairy, invasive plants, weeds that have gone to seed or perennial weeds that can take root and grow in your compost pile. Continue reading Turn Yard Waste into Gardener’s Gold – Compost

Fall Care for a Healthier, Better Looking Lawn

By Melinda Myers

As summer fades into fall it is time to help lawns recover from summer stress and prepare for the winter ahead.

Continue to mow your lawn as long as it continues to grow. Grow cool season grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches tall.  Taller grass is better able to compete with weeds.  And there is no need to cut it shorter for the health of your lawn.

Mow often, removing no more than one third the total height. Leave these short clippings on the lawn. They will quickly break down, adding organic matter, moisture and nutrients to the soil. Continue reading Fall Care for a Healthier, Better Looking Lawn

Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall with Spring Flowering Bulbs

By Melinda Myers

Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year.

Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas and grape hyacinths meandering through the garden. Welcome visitors with a front door or walkway garden that blooms from early spring through early summer and is loaded with crocus, tulips, daffodils and allium. Continue reading Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall with Spring Flowering Bulbs

Save Money and Water While Still Enjoying a Beautiful Garden

By Melinda Myers

Too much or not enough water and never when you need it seems to be a common lament of gardeners. Reduce the impact of these weather challenges while conserving water, saving money on water and sewer bills, and growing beautiful gardens with the help of rain barrels. These century old devices are making a comeback as droughts, watering restrictions and storm water runoff are on the rise. Continue reading Save Money and Water While Still Enjoying a Beautiful Garden