Nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Home gardeners throughout the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative. Here, Melinda shares garden tips which expand on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.
New topics will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To watch Melinda’s Garden Moments online, click here.
This week’s gardening tip:
Extend Bloom Time by Deadheading Faded Blossoms
Keep your flowers blooming longer and your garden tidier with a bit of deadheading.
Remove the flower stems of salvias, veronicas and similar flowers as the blooms begin to fade. Use a pruner or sharp garden scissors and cut just above the first set of leaves or above the side shoots where new flower buds are forming.
Plants like daylilies and balloon flower require a bit different care. Remove the individual blooms as they fade for maximum beauty. Once all the individual flowers have bloomed out, you can cut the flower stem back at the base.
Keep coral bells tidy and many varieties blooming longer with a bit of deadheading. Remove the whole flower stem where it arises from the plant within the leaves.
And don’t forget to cut a few flowers to enjoy indoors in a fresh-from-the-garden bouquet.
Past week’s gardening tips:
Week 1: Will they Still Sprout? Testing Leftover Seeds for Viability
Week 2: Five Ways to Attract Bees and Other Pollinators to Your Garden
Week 3: Tips for Seed Starting Success
Week 4: Capture Rainwater for the Garden with Rain Barrels
Week 5: Tips for an Early Tomato Harvest
Week 6: Space Saving Vegetable Garden Techniques
Week 7: Plant Flowers and Vegetables Together in Containers and in the Garden
Week 8: Time Saving Tips for Maintaining Your Landscape
Week 9: Always Room for Strawberries!
Week 10:Expand Your Garden Space and Planting Options with Container Gardens
Week 11:Low Maintenance, Eco-Friendly Lawn Care
Week 12:Start New Plants with the Layering Technique
Week 13:Gardening Under Trees
A bit more information: Further increase your garden’s flower power by selecting continuous blooming varieties. Proven Winners Primo™ Pretty Pistachio coral bells provides nearly continuous bloom on robust plants with chartreuse leaves.
Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower, Veronica White Wands photos provided by Proven Winners, LLC.
About Melinda Myers
Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes for Chicagoland Gardening and State-by-State Gardening. She has received recognition and numerous awards, including the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award. Myers’ website is www.melindamyers.com