Melinda’s Garden Moments articles

Green Space and Your Health

Green Space and Your Health

Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month by getting outside and gardening. As a gardener you know digging, pruning and planting strengthens your muscles and improves flexibility.  It also improves your mood and reduces stress. And now there is additional research that shows what we experience when we are viewing or in nature does make

Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day

Looking for a last-minute gift for mom?  Don’t worry there is plenty of time to create the perfect gift she will enjoy all season long. Pack up the family and head to your favorite garden center.  Have each child select a plant or combination of plants for mom.  Check the tags and make sure they

Celebrating George Washington’s Osage Orange Tree

This month we celebrate the 200-year-old Osage orange tree in Alexandria, Virg. This historic tree is the oldest tree on George Washington’s River Farm. It is believed that Thomas Jefferson, who received lots of seedlings from the Lewis and Clark expeditions, gave this tree to Washington. The Osage orange is native from Arkansas to Oklahoma

Grow your Favorite Vegetables in a Container

Enjoy the convenience of planting, tending and harvesting fresh vegetables grown in pots on your patio, balcony or entryway. Consider some of the compact varieties suited to container gardening. Bush early girl produces 4-inch tomatoes on a compact plant. Patio Choice tomato will yield up to 100 yellow cherry tomatoes on an 18-inch-tall plant. Or

Stretch Your Planting Budget

Stretch your planting budget with each plant you buy. When shopping, look for perennials and groundcovers with multiple shoots that fill the pot. Plant it as is for quicker results or divide the plant into several smaller pieces to cover a larger area. You’ll just have to wait a bit longer for the planting to