Melinda’s Garden Moments articles


Don’t Let Aggressive Bargain Plants Take Over the Garden

Don’t Let Aggressive Bargain Plants Take Over the Garden

So, you’ve found a plant that blooms all season, tolerates a wide range of growing conditions and needs little maintenance. Sound too good to be true?  It probably is. Lots of fast growing easy care plants are overly aggressive.  They crowd out their more timid neighbors and often need concrete barriers or regular weeding to


Choose the Best Tomato for Your Favorite Recipes

Sliced, sauced or cooked in your favorite recipe; tomatoes are a favorite and versatile vegetable. And they taste best when grown and harvested from your own garden or container. Ensure the best flavor and greatest results by selecting the most disease-resistant varieties and growing your tomatoes in full sun and moist well-drained soil. Further narrow


Celebrate Earth Day April 22

(Related: See Haverhill Earth Day Cleanup.) Be part of the world’s largest secular celebration and join billions of people around the world as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day was the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. He wanted to raise awareness and concern for our environment through outreach and education. In


Invite Frogs and Toads into the Garden

Celebrate National Frog Month by inviting insect and slug-eating toads and frogs into your garden. Start by providing water. A pond at least 20 inches deep with gently sloping sides will work. Include water plants that provide oxygen, shelter from predators and weather and breeding sites. Include a few rocks or logs in the pond


Grow Colorful and Unique Dracaenas Indoors

Improve indoor air quality and invigorate your décor with some of the unique dracaena varieties. Corn plant, Madagascar dragon tree, lucky bamboo and Song of India are popular varieties of the dracaena. Update your collection with a few less common varieties.  Mass Appeal is a corn plant with twisted stems and improved drought tolerance. Rikki


Manage Pests in the Garden with Organic Approach

Organic farmers and home gardeners have been using Bacillus thuringiensis, referred to as Bt, for decades to manage pests in the garden. This naturally occurring microbe found in the soil, produces proteins that are toxic to the larva of certain insects. Bt is sold as a powder, granular, dust or pellet. When the susceptible insect


Grow a Spiral Herb Garden

Grow a 25-foot row of herbs in a circular garden six feet in diameter and three-feet-tall by creating a Spiral Herb Garden. Locate your spiral herb garden in a sunny location near your home for convenient harvesting.  Start by marking the outline of the bed and inner walls of the spiral. Construct the garden walls