Summer gardening tips . . .

Michael J. McGroarty Summer gardening tips . . . Don’t be afraid to trim those flowering shrubs and trees that need it. Failure to prune is probably the biggest gardening mistake a person can make. I spent 20 years landscaping homes and businesses, and I watched people make the investment in my services, then they […]

How to Grow Corn Poppies – Six Easy Steps Corn poppies, (Papaver rhoeas), also known as Flanders poppies, field poppies or Shirley poppies, are hardy annuals with vividly colored, papery red, pink or white blooms that rise above lacy foliage. The fuzzy stems reach heights of 2 feet and more at maturity. Easily grown by […]

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Twelve Must Plant Pollinator-Friendly Flowers 

Echinacea PowWow Wild Berry is a perennial that provides continual bloom without deadheading or grooming. Photo credit:  All-America Selections Twelve Must Plant Pollinator-Friendly Flowers  By Melinda Myers Fill your garden with colorful annuals you and the pollinators can enjoy all season long. Look for outstanding varieties chosen by All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit plant trialing organization, […]

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms

Plant Lilies for a Summer Garden of Elegant and Fragrant Blooms By Melinda Myers Kaveri lilies bloom mid-summer and enliven gardens with their golden yellow petals painted with tangerine and burgundy. Photo credit:  Longfield-Gardens.com Lilies add long-lasting color and fragrance to flower gardens and summer bouquets. These stately flowers provide vertical interest and blend nicely with […]

House Plants 101

By Melinda Myers House Plants 101 Succulents should be kept within two feet of an east- or west-facing window and grown in a fast-draining potting mix. Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC Houseplants 101 Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, […]

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best By Melinda Myers The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other holiday plant.  Extend the beauty and longevity of these holiday beauties with proper care. And that starts the minute you leave […]

Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage

By Melinda Myers Millennials to Baby Boomers, Gifts that Grow are All the Rage It’s a jungle in there. Every window, surface and brightly lit corner is filled with decorative or edible greenery.  There is no doubt what to gift this person for the holidays. More of the same. A lack of outdoor growing space, […]

Create a Healthy Foundation for Fall Plantings|

By Melinda Myers Create a Healthy Foundation for Fall Plantings| Fall is a great time to start a garden or renovate an existing planting bed. The soil is warm while the air is cool – a perfect combination for establishing new plantings. It is also a great time to prepare gardens for the next planting […]

Organic Prevention and Management of Powdery Mildew on Plants

Powdery mildew occurs when the fungal organism and susceptible plants are present and the environmental conditions are right for the disease to occur. Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC Organic Prevention and Management of Powdery Mildew on Plants By Melinda Myers Spots and patches of white or gray talcum powder-like substance on your plant means powdery mildew […]

The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs!

By Melinda Myers Photo credit: Melinda Myers, LLC The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs! A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests. […]