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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.

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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
Planting Perennial Beauty

Container grown perennials can be added to the garden anytime of the season. Avoid mid summer if you don’t want the extra work of keeping the soil moist and plants healthy during the extreme heat.

Properly prepare the soil before placing plants in the ground. This is especially important since the goal is to have these plants growing in the same area for several, hopefully many seasons.

Gently squeeze or roll the pot to loosen the roots. Tip and slide don’t pull the plant out of the container. Loosen or slice through any circling roots to encourage root development beyond the original rootball.

Set the plant in a hole the same depth and at least twice as wide as the rootball. Fill with soil and gently tamp.

Add a bit of low nitrogen, slow release fertilizer if you mulch with wood chips. This replenishes the nitrogen temporarily tied up by the wood mulch. Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the roots
and surrounding soil moist.
A bit more information: Keep perennials looking good all season. Remove diseased leaves and damaging insects as soon as they are found. Removing faded flowers on many perennials encourages a second or third flush of bloom. Allow the final flush of flowers to set seed. The seed heads add beauty to the winter landscape and provide food for the birds.

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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 The site features regularly updated garden tips, podcasts, a garden club, e-newsletter, books, appearance information, “Great Lakes Gardener” television schedule and more.

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