Garden moments: Beautiful and productive vegetable gardens and containers

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Melinda Myers, a nationally recognized horticultural expert, helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her A moment in Melinda’s garden television segments. Through more than 30 years of gardening experience, Melinda shares learned tips that hold the key to gardening success. Melinda’s Garden Moment’s new online tips will be out during the growing season, so be sure to check back for timely, seasonal tips to make your garden a success!

Beautiful and productive vegetable gardens and containers

Get the most beauty and edibility out of every square inch of your garden or container.

Use color and texture to create attractive edible displays. The silvery foliage of the artichoke contrasts with the bold red cabbage. The purple fruit of the eggplant and the leaves of All-America Selections winner Onyx Red pepper echo the purple, unifying the planting.

Fill all the space by planting short-season crops such as radishes, beets and lettuce between long-season crops such as cabbage, peppers or tomatoes.

Save space and increase beauty by growing in wide rows or arrays. Leave enough space for the plants to reach their adult size.

Fill edible and ornamental pots with colorful salad, mustard and other greens and keep them fruitful by regular harvesting.

Go upright to save space, create a focal point, and reduce your risk of disease.

A little more information: Expand your edible garden with substitutions in mind. Use raspberries as a hedge, asparagus as a background for flowers, apple and peach trees as ornamental trees, and rhubarb as a shrub. The landscape can be beautiful if it is full of attractive edible plants.

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About Melinda Myers
Horticultural expert, TV / radio presenter, writer and columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of gardening experience, is a columnist and co-editor Birds and flowers magazine. He has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small gardening is a must and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. He is home to the national syndicate A moment in Melinda’s garden ventilation segments 135 TV and radio stations throughout the United States Myers is also the host of the recently released show The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Melinda writes a regular column for her Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening journals. He also writes twice a month Questions for gardeners ” newspaper box. Melinda was hospitable “The Doctor of Plants” radio show for more than 20 years as well as seven seasons Gardener of the Great Lakes next PBS. Melinda earned a degree in horticultural engineering, was a certified arborist and a horticultural instructor. He is the recipient BY Horrison Communication Award of the American Horticultural Society and inserted the GWA Hall of Fame: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers website,, includes gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening checklists, and more.


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