Pink and white flower
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Get your garden ready for growing season

Caption: Korean Spice viburnum adds beauty and fragrance to the landscape. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com    by Melinda Myers Spring flowering bulbs and perennials are filling our landscapes with color. As your gardens come alive this spring, start making notes on needed improvements and provide some early season color and nectar for the […]

tree and garden
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Plant an Arbor Day tree in April

Caption: A garden of hostas beneath a Burr Oak tree. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com    by Melinda Myers Celebrate National Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, by planting new trees and caring for established ones in your landscape and community. This special holiday was first celebrated in 1872. Arbor Day celebrations continue […]

Raised beds in a garden
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Raise your garden better with raised beds

Caption: Raised beds provide gardeners the opportunity to overcome poor soil, resulting in more productive gardens. Photo credit: photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com By Melinda Myers  Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix. They also make gardening more comfortable thanks […]

Strawberry plant
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Enjoy fresh strawberries from your garden

Caption:  Delizz® is a day-neutral strawberry that was the first ever strawberry to be selected as an All-America Selections Winner. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers As you plan this year’s garden, be sure to include some strawberries. They are low in calories, high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and provide seasonal […]

Green plant in terrarium
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Plant a Terrarium for successful gardening

Caption: Use open containers like glass vases for drought tolerant plants that prefer lower humidity and drier soil. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Create a garden under glass to enjoy or give as a gift to new, experienced, and even reluctant gardeners. This self-contained system makes it easy to be a successful […]

Flowering red flower plant
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Shrub branches add spring colors indoors

Caption:  The branches of ‘Flowering Quince’ add color and beauty to the indoors. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Many gardeners are busy pruning shrubs to remove winter damage, control the size, or provide a bit of shaping before the season is well under way. Save some of the branches or cut […]

Plants and milk jugs
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Sow winter seeds outdoors

Caption:  Winter sowing allows gardeners to start transplants from seeds outdoors by repurposing milk jugs or two-liter soda bottles. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Save money and indoor space used for starting seeds indoors with winter sowing. This easy technique allows you to start transplants from seeds outdoors without a greenhouse or […]

Man putting crop covering on garden
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Reduce garden pests without chemicals

Caption:  Plant protection tents protect plants frosm cold and wind, animals, and insect pests. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company/gardeners.com by Melinda Myers Boost this year’s harvest and reduce pest problems with less effort, while being kind to the environment.  Employ row covers, chicken wire cloches and crop cages to prevent damage without […]

seed starting kit
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Boost your seed success

Caption: Seed-starting trays are reusable and make it easy to pop out young seedlings without damaging the plant’s roots. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company/gardeners.com by Melinda Myers Boost your success, save money, and reduce plastic waste when starting plants from seeds this year. The options are many, so you are sure to find […]

rover space craft
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Mars robotic explorer replicas on display

The Museum of Flight in Seattle is exhibiting NASA’s full-scale replicas of the Agency’s newest robotic explorers on Mars—the rover and helicopter, Perseverance and Ingenuity. The twins are part of NASA’s Roving with Perseverance roadshow to museums that are members of NASA’s Museum and Informal Education Alliance. The digging, scooping, roaming, flying, listening, photographing and […]