Melinda’s Garden Moment

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

Keep Growing All Winter Even In Conditions That Aren't Ideal

  Add a few houseplants to brighten those low light locations in your home and improve your indoor air quality. Selecting the right plants and providing proper care will save you time and keep your plants looking their best. Pothos, philodendron, snake plant and ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant are a few of the most low light tolerant plants. Use your…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Indoor Gardening

Keep Your Green Thumb Going During Winter

Brighten your home with a few colorful amaryllis. Purchase firm bulbs free of soft spots and blemishes. Plant one or more bulbs in a container with drainage holes that is slightly larger than the bulbs. Plant your amaryllis in a well-drained potting mix leaving the top 1/3 of the bulb above the soil surface. Then water thoroughly. Or place several…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Pine Colors

Pine Trees Can Also Provide Vibrant Fall Colors

  The light airy texture of this tree makes it a standout – even among all these beautiful and unusual plants. But in fall when the needles turn yellow it truly is amazing. Yes this conifer and a few others are deciduous. Though they bear needles and cones like pines and spruces, they are not evergreen. The larches needles turn…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Composting

Don't let a lack of space stop you from composting.

Don’t let a lack of space stop you from composting. Convert kitchen scraps and garden debris into compost right in the garden. Use the pathway between gardens for sheet composting. Place damaged plant leaves, annual weeds that have not flowered or gone to seed and similar plant trimmings in the pathways. As you walk across the path you help break…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: What Gives Fall Leaves Their Color?

They're almost gone, but you can still find a few trees displaying beautiful fall colors before they all fall off for winter.

  They’re almost gone, but you can still find a few trees displaying beautiful fall colors before they all fall off for winter. The brilliant fall color in our landscapes is a magical transformation that happens each year. And the science behind it all is just as intriguing. Each fall as the days shorten our deciduous trees and shrubs begin…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Native Flowers

Coneflowers, liatris, and black-eyed Susans are some of the natives we add to our gardens. But there are many more native beauties to consider.

  Coneflowers, liatris, and black-eyed Susans are some of the natives we add to our gardens. But there are many more native beauties to consider. Add vertical interest with minimal care with American larkspur. This sturdy perennial does not need staking, withstands winds and blooms for several months. It has the beautiful blue of delphiniums without the fuss. You and…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Feed Your Garden With Coffee Grounds

Let your coffee obsession help your gardening obsession.

  Put coffee grounds and filters to work improving your garden’s beauty and productivity. Recycle these morning discards in your compost pile or worm bin. The worms and microorganisms will break them down into wonderful compost. Or occasionally sprinkle the grounds on the soil surface of your indoor and outdoor container and in-ground gardens. Avoid adding large amounts at one…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Getting The Most Out Of Harvest

Enjoy the biggest harvest, best flavor and most nutritional value from your garden vegetables with proper harvesting

  Enjoy the biggest harvest, best flavor and most nutritional value from your garden vegetables with proper harvesting. Harvest tomatoes when they are fully colored. Leave them on the plant for an extra five to eight warm days for even better flavor. You can harvest as soon as they start to show color and finish ripening them indoors if needed…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Black-Eyed Susans

They're one of the most striking and most durable flowers you can grow in your garden

  The compact size and bright yellow flowers as well as its heat and humidity tolerance won Goldsturm rudbeckia the title Perennial Plant of the Year in 1999. Include one of the taller varieties, like Golden Glow, at the back of the border. This statuesque beauty blooms in mid to late summer and tolerates heat and drought once established. Surround…

Melinda’s Garden Moment: Give Your Trees A Drink

Tips For Watering Your Trees During The Summer

  Don’t forget the trees, even old established ones, when extended dry periods and droughts move in. In fact, these should be a high priority since it takes many years to replace an established tree. Always moisten the top 12 inches of soil under the dripline when watering deciduous trees; and the same depth, but three to five feet beyond…