Articles by Melinda Myers


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Keeping Orchids beautiful and blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care – once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth orchid is the most widely available and easiest to grow. It’s similar to caring…

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Five Tips for Container Gardening Success

Container gardens allow you to easily dress up your balcony and patio, create a colorful welcome for guests and keep edibles close at hand for cooking and entertaining. They’re also a terrific way for new gardeners to get their start. Increase your success growing vegetables, herbs or flowers in a container with these tips. Proper…

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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 gardeners.com for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable…

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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…

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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…

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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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