MELINDA’S GARDEN MOMENTS
Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 25 years of horticulture experience. Viewers from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expands on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.
Melinda’s Garden Moments Garden Tips!
New tips will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To view online streaming video of Melinda’s Garden Moments, visit This Webpage
Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are sure signs of spring. Get busy now planting a bit of spring beauty.
Be creative mix bulbs in with your perennials. This fall garden looks great summer through fall. Adding tulips or hyacinths can lengthen our season of enjoyment.
Plant bulbs 2 to 3 times their vertical height deep. Try mixing several bulbs together to double your enjoyment. I like mixing yellow daffodils with blue squills for a rich combination. Or how about some early blooming crocus mixed with some late blooming tulips.
Or maybe you prefer to mix in a few pansies. Cold weather pansies like icicle, second season and sub-zero will make it through even the coldest winters.
Mix a little slow release or bulb booster fertilizer in the soil above the bulbs. Water and wait for spring.
Just a Bit More Information: Get the best variety and healthiest bulbs by shopping early at your favorite garden center or by ordering from catalogues specializing in bulbs. Store purchased bulbs in a cool (50 to 60 degree) dry location until it is time to plant. Keep your bulbs away from apples and other ripening fruit. The maturing fruit gives off ethylene gas that can interfere with bulb growth and flowering.
Wait for the air and soil temperatures to cool before placing your hardy bulbs in the garden. Planting too early can result in fall growth that may be damaged or killed over winter. Those gardening in the far north can begin planting in September while those in the far south must wait until December or even later. Check out the regional bulb planting guide at www.bulb.com to find the recommended planting time for your area. This site also provides tips on selecting bulbs suited for your climate.
For more gardening tips, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
About Melinda Myers
Melinda Myers, best known for her gardener friendly and practical approach to gardening, has more than 25 years of horticulture experience in both hands-on and instructional settings. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure.
Outside the classroom, Melinda shares her expertise through a variety of media outlets. She has written 20 books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, and the Birds & Blooms’ Ultimate Gardening Guide. She hosts “Great Lakes Gardener,” seen on PBS stations throughout the United States, and “Melinda’s Garden Moments”, which air on network television stations throughout the country. She appears regularly as a guest expert on various national and local television and radio shows. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column and is a contributing editor and columnist for Birds & Blooms and Backyard Living magazines. In addition, she hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years.
For her work, community service and media presence, Melinda has received recognition and numerous awards, including the 2003 Garden Globe Award for radio talent and the Quill and Trowel Award for her television work, both from the Garden Writers Association. She has also received the Garden Communicator’s Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Gold Leaf Award for Arbor Day from the International Society of Arboriculture.
For more information, visit Myers’ web site www.melindamyers.com. The site features regularly updated garden tips, podcasts, a garden club, e-newsletter, books, appearance information, “Great Lakes Gardener” television schedule and more.