Gardening Tips

By Lexi Myer

garden photo
Photo by Kristin “Shoe” Shoemaker

When I was young, one of my favorite things to do was spend time with my grandparents at their farm. They have a hobby farm in northwest Missouri where my grandpa has a couple of gardens, and picks wild berries from around the acreage that was a dream for a suburban girl that liked to get her hands dirty. We would work in the garden pulling weeds, planting seeds, and harvesting. We then took them inside to my grandma who would use what we brought in to prepare dinner. I loved the fresh food that we were able to eat from their gardens.

I have not been able to dedicate that kind of time since becoming an adult, but their farm is still my favorite place to be in this world. I developed a green thumb that I look forward to passing on to my children. Here are some tips that I have learned along the way as you begin to prepare your garden:

  1. When using a rain gauge, put a couple of drops of food coloring in it. The next time it rains, the rainwater will mix with the coloring and make it much easier to see how much rain you got.
  2. Having problems with rodents tearing up your newly sprouting plants? Stake some chicken wiring over the bulbs/seeds. You can either cut the wiring as the plants grow, or completely remove it (you can check out more details on this at
  3. Low on space and still want to show off that green thumb? Make a “Rubbermaid Container Garden”! Want to learn how? Check out

Please feel free to share your favorite gardening tips with us below.  And, if you have questions about insuring your home or hobby farm in northwest Missouri or any other part of town, feel free to contact us.

LexiAbout Lexi Myer

St. Louis Cardinals fan, Mom of one daughter, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3836

Lexi started at MAX in June of 2016, and has 2 years of experience in the insurance industry. Lexi enjoys spending time with her husband, newborn baby girl, and Chihuahua/Beagle mix Ted. Lexi and her family are big St. Louis Cardinals baseball fans and travel to see them whenever they can. She also works with students of the University of Kansas (KU) as her husband is a campus pastor there.