Melinda myers

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Yes, you can (and should) garden during quarantine

Published April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day, Milwaukee! Local gardening expert Melinda Myers says research now proves what gardeners have long understood. "Spending time in the garden and nature improves our mood, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and helps us focus," she says. Which means now is a great time to get planting, because during quarantine, many of us could use the exercise for our bodies and minds.

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Expand your edible garden indoors

Published Feb. 15, 2020

No matter the season, size of your garden or climate, you can inject homegrown flavor into your meals. Just clear a shelf, countertop or windowsill and get busy planting herbs, greens and even tomatoes to enjoy year-round.

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Keep your Valentine's Day flowers looking their best

Published Feb. 11, 2020

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day like a fresh bouquet of flowers. Make sure your gift provides many days of enjoyment by selecting the freshest flowers and providing the best possible care.

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Affordable gardening gift ideas for anyone on your list

Published Dec. 14, 2019

The holidays are upon us, and busy schedules often send us into a panic when looking for the perfect gift for those on our list. No matter your budget, there are affordable gift options your friends and family will love.

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Brighten your spirits and indoor decor with a colorful cyclamen

Published Nov. 23, 2019

Add some unique beauty to your indoor décor or give the gift of low maintenance splendor with the easy-care cyclamen. You'll enjoy the colorful plain or ruffled white, pink, rose or lavender flowers that look like shooting stars hovering over heart shaped leaves with silvery highlights.

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Now's the time to force a few spring flowering bulbs

Published Nov. 16, 2019

In just fifteen minutes, you can plant a beautiful garden guaranteed to brighten your spirits and indoor décor this winter. All you need is a container with drainage holes, potting mix and some tulips, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.

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6 things to help evergreens through winter

Published Nov. 8, 2019

Prepare your evergreens now before winter weather takes its toll on your boxwood, arborvitae and rhododendrons. Winter wind, sun, frozen soil, snow and ice can wreak havoc on our plants, especially evergreens.

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Protect your winter landscape from hungry wildlife

Published Oct. 7, 2019

There's no doubt that managing critters in the landscape can be a challenge especially as food supplies start to dwindle. If you are battling with rabbits, deer, groundhogs or other wildlife, don't let down your guard as the growing season begins to wind down.

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Pansies add color and interest to every occasion

Published Sept. 28, 2019

Pick a few pansy flowers and add a smile to any occasion. No matter where you live, pansies provide color - and in some cases, fragrance - to the garden and containers during the cooler months of the year.

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Revive overcrowded and struggling perennials

Published Sept. 14, 2019

Take advantage of the warm soil and cool air of fall to dig, divide and transplant overcrowded and struggling perennials. Your efforts will be rewarded with better looking and more floriferous gardens.

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Get the most out of your tomato harvest

Published Sept. 7, 2019

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes, and when they're left on the plant five to eight days after the fruit are fully colored, the flavor only gets better.

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Prevent tick-borne diseases while enjoying the outdoors

Published June 15, 2019

You've grabbed your water bottle, sunscreen and hat for a hike in the park or some gardening. Add a bit of tick protection to your must-have items when you head out the door for an adventure, to garden or play.