Melinda’s Garden Moments articles


Spring Cleaning in the Garden

Spring Cleaning in the Garden

A little spring cleaning will increase the health and beauty of your landscape and reduce ongoing maintenance throughout the season. Remove winter protection, such as mulch, when the temperatures begin hovering around freezing or your plants are beginning to sprout. Keep some frost cloth handy to protect any tender plants from a hard freeze in


The Edible and Ornamental Chokeberry

Though chokeberry is not an appetizing name, this four season beauty is making a big impact in edible and ornamental gardens. Include this beauty in your landscape. Hardy in zones 3 to 9 it prefers full sun to part shade and tolerates moist and even wet soils. The white flowers appear in spring and glossy


March Big Tree of the Month White Oak

The featured big tree this month is the 400-year-old white oak that was growing in Wye Oak State Park in Maryland. The community worked together to preserve and care for this massive and historic tree. It survived development, environmental stresses and more until a storm in 2002 brought its life to an end.  A sapling


Quick and Affordable Entryway Makeovers

Create a colorful welcome for family and guests with a little paint, pretty welcome mat and container of seasonal flowers. Revive a tired door with a fresh coat of paint or stain. Newer products are more durable, fast drying and make this an easy fix. Or dress up your door with a wreath. Silk daffodil


Renovating Overgrown Shrubs

Quickly tame overgrown shrubs with renovation pruning in late winter or early spring. This drastic approach to managing shrubs is not for the timid pruner or for all plants. Many shrubs like potentilla, spirea, privet, butterflybush, beauty bush and abelia can be pruned back to 6 to 12 inches above the ground. Wait for new


Grow Tasty and Nutritional Purple Vegetables

Brighten your dinner plate and vegetable garden while improving your health with purple beets, carrots, blueberries and more. Purple foods contain the anthocyanins that promote eye and heart health, fight cancer cells and more. The purple pigment contains flavonoids that can help decrease blood pressure, reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Not only are they tasty