Melinda’s Garden Moment

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Uncommon Trees

Try uncommon trees for disease resistance and variety.

  Try uncommon trees for disease resistance and variety. The Katsura tree’s blue-green leaves flutter in the wind and turn a clear yellow in fall when you may even notice a faint smell of cookies. The musclewood is a small scale shade tolerant tree. Its smooth gray bark, unique flowers and fruit along with the yellow, orange or red fall…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Fighting Gray Mold

You want color and variety in your garden. So something called Gray Mold can really dampen the vibrancy of your flowers.

  Brown buds that fail to open on peonies and some roses, especially the white and pink flowered varieties is likely the result of Botrytis Blight also known as Gray Mold. This fungal disease is most common in cool rainy as well as humid weather. The disease attacks a variety of ornamental and edible plants and often is specific to…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Mulch

Learn some tips to get the most from your mulch in this week's Melinda's Garden Moment

  Mulching new plantings helps conserve moisture and suppress weeds that compete for water and nutrients. But spreading mulch around small transplants can be a bit tedious. And if not done carefully can end up damaging your plants. Make it easier with one of these two techniques. Start by preparing the soil and removing existing weeds. Cover the area with…

Melinda’s Garden: Invite Hummingbirds To Your Yard

Invite some guests to your home that you won't mind spending time with while we're social distancing.

  Invite some guests to your home that you won’t mind spending time with while we’re social distancing. We tell you how to bring hummingbirds to your yard in this week’s Melinda’s Garden Moment. Bring the hummingbirds into your garden and keep them happy with a season-long supply of their favorite nectar plants. Early blooming lungwort is a shade tolerant…

Melinda’s Garden: Grow Vertical

Grow plants that will make Jack and his beanstalk blush

  Grow plants that will make Jack and his beanstalk blush. We’re getting vertical in this week’s Melinda’s Garden Moment. Change your garden perspective. Include a few tall plants in the landscape and start looking skyward. This large castor bean provides bold texture in the garden. The leaves can grow up to 3 feet across and the plant grows 5…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Strawberries

Save space and add some color to the landscape with a bed of strawberries.

  They can be a tricky fruit to grow, but the offer some of the sweetest rewards for a job well done. Save space and add some color to the landscape with a bed of strawberries. We added to the ornamental appeal by growing our strawberries in this star shaped raised bed. Consider using the matted row planting and training…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Flowers For The Shade

You Don't Need Sunlight To Have A Vibrant Flower Garden

  Older subdivisions and urban lots are often filled with shade. Consider using woodland wildflowers for the shady areas in your yard. Early spring flowers like hepatica and bloodroot have given way to a favorite mid spring bloomer, the trillium. Its white flowers make it a standout in the shade. And the unique flowers of Jack-in-the-Pulpit are sure to catch…

Melinda’s Garden: Planting Asparagus

Save money and improve your health by growing your own asparagus

  Save money and improve your health by growing your own asparagus. It’s nature’s own detoxifier and one of the most nutritionally balanced vegetables. Select a space with full sun or light shade in well-drained soil. Add several inches of compost to the top 12 inches of soil to improve drainage as asparagus does not tolerate waterlogged soil. You can…