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!
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Don’t fret about all those fallen leaves, faded flowers or other yard debris. You can convert all of your yard waste into gardener’s gold, compost.
Buy a compost bin or make your own from old pallets or concrete reinforcement wire. Fill it with yard debris such grass clippings free of herbicides, disease free plant debris and fall leaves
Don’t add weeds that have gone to seed or aggressive perennial weeds like creeping Charley, bindweed, or quackgrass. They can sprout or root in the compost and end up right back in your garden. Don’t add fat, meat or dairy products that can attract rodents
Do add some soil or compost to inoculate the pile with the microorganisms that will help break down the green debris. Add a bit of fertilizer to help speed things up
Moisten and wait. The more work you put into your compost pile the faster you get results.
Just a Bit More Information: Speed up the composting process with just a bit more effort on your part. Create your compost pile in layers. Use brush from tree and shrub pruning at the bottom of the pile. This twiggy layer creates an air space under the pile and speeds up decomposition. Next, add your yard waste. Aim for equal parts, by weight of green and brown materials. The greens are high in nitrogen while the browns are a source of carbon. Keeping them in balance, creates an efficient compost pile that doesn’t smell.
The greens include things like grass clippings, kitchen scraps, sea weed and manure. Straw, fall leaves, evergreen needles and newspaper are common brown materials. Add the fertilizer between six to 12 inch layers of yard waste and moisten. The pile will quickly heat up as the materials start to decompose. When the temperatures in the center of the pile start to drop, move the outer materials to the center and more decomposed materials from the center to the outside of the pile. Repeat as needed.
Don’t worry about getting it exactly right. Given enough time your yard waste will eventually turn into compost no matter how much effort you exert. If the pile smells, add some dry materials. If it is breaking down too slowly add some greens and a bit of fertilizer.
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.