Melinda’s Garden Moment

Melinda’s Garden: Soil Testing

Take advantage of the recent melt.

What with temps predicted to be staying in the 30s Friday, it’s likely many of us are going to be looking at bare brown dirt in the yard, rather than the blanket of November snow we’ve been seeing for the past week or so. So why not take advantage of it? Melinda Myers explains why testing your soil sometime soon…

Melinda’s Garden: Planting Elephant Ears

We're all ears for the perfect pop of color and height for shady spots.

Building containers and growing color interest in shady spots is a tough one. Especially when it comes to adding height in shade spots, so many plants that tower and pop with color seem to be full-sun lovers. What’s a gardener to do, other than lie in the shade and stew? Why, check out this Melinda’s Garden Moment, of course. It’ll…

Melinda’s Garden: Build a DIY Native Bee House

A better environment for bees is all the buzz these days.

Bees aren’t just a cute and charming addition to the sights and sounds of the garden. They’re also a pretty darn beneficial little bug. They help pollinate a substantial number of food crops and plants throughout the world without which we’d be in big trouble. Bees are struggling these days, as a variety of pressures like lack of food, environment,…

Melinda’s Garden: Seed-Saving

A way to save money and keep your garden green.

It’s about to turn mighty frosty outdoors in the Red River region, but that doesn’t mean the work in the garden is altogether over. If you happen to have saved any seeds from your plants last year, you might want to start thinking about checking them over. And if you want a green garden, as well as green in your…

Melinda’s Garden: Indoor and Outdoor Bulbs

Keep the garden going long after the snow flies.

There’s snow in the forecast headed our way, and you may think that this time of year, the only bulbs you can look forward to are the ones brightening up the yard on strings of Christmas lights. But there is a way you can make your bulbs blossom while the snow flies. Tulips, daffodils, squills and more are perfect for…

Melinda’s Garden: Making Your Garden Pop

Making changes for next year that will really pay off.

Just because the garden’s shutting up shop for the season doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same old, same old next year. There is a way to plan for a growing season that guarantees you can have a more or less continuous parade of color year-round, from spring to fall to winter too. Let Melinda Myers show you…

Melinda’s Garden: Planting Spring Color Before The Snow Falls

The first few flakes are on their way. Time to get spring color in the ground.

We could be in our last few days before the snow flies and white blankets the yards all around the Red River region. That means it’s time to start thinking pink — and red, purple, yellow and all the other lovely colors of spring. Why? Because there’s no better time to plant spring bulbs than now, right before the ground…

Melinda’s Garden: Upcyling

It's a work of art that could also keep the planet, not just your garden, green.

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. And if you can look at a patch of dirt and see beauty springing forth from it in the form of a garden, what’s to stop you from turning old, unused objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill into works of garden art that will spruce up your…

Melinda’s Garden: Going Green

Going green isn't just for keeping your foliage in good condition.

When you’re into gardening, you’re into green. Leaves, grasses, pine needles… all come in all sorts of green shades, and it’s oh-so-important to keep them that what to keep your garden healthy. But keeping the planet green is important for gardeners too, and a great way to do that is to upcyle old, recyclable items into yard art and other…

Melinda’s Garden: Small-Space Composting

(De)compose yourself. We know you're ecstatic to hear that can you can compost in a tiny spot.

Composting is something both serious gardeners and the environmentally-conscious swear by. It lets you put your kitchen and yard waste to good use, keeps green matter out of the landfill, and improves your soil conditions and with it, the health of your plants and yield from your garden. Win-win, right? Except for some gardeners who think they can’t get on…