gardening tips

KEEP YOUR LANDSCAPE LOOKING GOOD WITH LESS EFFORT

By Melinda Myers

July 1, 2020 (San Diego) - Keep your garden looking its best and reduce your workload by enlisting practices that provide multiple benefits. Your garden will flourish and you’ll have more time to enjoy its beauty.


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LET’S GROW TOGETHER SAN DIEGO: NEW STAY-AT-HOME GARDEN RESOURCES FROM MASTER GARDENERS

East County News Service  
 
April 24, 2020 (San Diego) -- San Diegans looking to plant their first Victory Gardens, refresh some tired succulent beds or maybe teach their children how to grow food from seed can get their garden questions answered any time of the day thanks to Let’s Grow Together San Diego, a free online effort  launched this week by the University of California Master Gardener Program in San Diego County.
 
Need to get rid of weeds? Grow herbs for cooking? Plant spectacular roses or bring butterflies to your backyard? Folks still staying close to home can visit www.MasterGardenerSD.org   and take their pick from how-to videos and dozens of articles on all kinds of flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees plus tips on saving water. Since it will be a while before the Master Gardeners can make presentations at large county-wide events, their refreshed website is filled with targeted information to help San Diegans required to stay-at-home.
 
Let’s Grow Together San Diego is meant for gardeners of all ages and skill levels. There are fun projects for caretakers who want to get seniors back into the garden and for parents needing some home-school lessons. Beginning gardeners are offered step-by-step instructions and even seasoned pros will find in-depth details on hundreds of plant species. And many of the video lessons are offered in Spanish.

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FLOWER CARE MAINTENANCE KEEPS GARDENS LOOKING THEIR BEST ALL SUMMER LONG

By Melinda Myers

Photo:  Removing spent flowers on many perennials will encourage additional boom and keep gardens looking their best, courtesy Melinda Myers, LLC

June 18, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - A bit of grooming and care will keep your flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall.

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.


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