Articles by Melinda Myers


Design an outdoor room to enjoy this fall

No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy, as fall descends on the desert. Start by gathering ideas from magazines, blogs and websites like for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable…


Minimize mosquitoes in your yard

Citronella oil or scented candles keep mosquitoes at bay when entertaining outside. Photo courtesy Melinda Myers LLC Don’t let disease-carrying mosquitoes keep you indoors this summer. Instead, employ these eight tips to protect yourself and manage these pests in your backyard. Do a bit of yard and garden clean up.  Remove weeds, manage neglected gardens…


Spice up your garden with hot peppers

Don’t be afraid to add a little spicy heat to your meals this season by growing a few hot peppers in either the garden or containers. It’s easier than you think, and many of the hot pepper myths floating around the garden are simply not true. Don’t worry about your hot peppers heating up your sweet peppers. Peppers are normally…


Tiny plants equal BIG flavor

Photos courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company Add some homegrown flavor to your winter meals. From microgreens to tomatoes, it is possible to grow produce indoors. Microgreens are a quick and easy way to add some flavor and crunch to your plate. Just plant seeds labeled for sprouting or microgreens in a shallow container filled with…

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