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Fall & Winter Veggie Gardening

Fall & Winter Veggie Gardening

Certain vegetable varieties grow well in cooler weather. Crops planted during summer may be ready between September and October or grown during winter for harvest in early spring. Roots actually get sweeter with chilling, fewer pests are around, and some crops like...

Carnivorous Plant Care

Carnivorous Plant Care

Selection Beginner Plants Sundews (Drosera capensis, Drosera binata) Pitcher plants (Sarracenia flava) Butterworts (Pinguicula grandiflora, Pinguicula moranensis) Intermediate Plants Venus flytraps Asian pitchers Cobra lilies Indoor Growing (bright, sunny...

August in the Garden

August in the Garden

For Fresh Color There is still a lot of summer left to enjoy! If the pots of flowers and hanging baskets put out early season are looking haggard or have dried out during your vacation, replace them with fresh colorful pots of zinnias, dahlias, coleus, and potato...

Drought-Tolerant Gardening

Drought-Tolerant Gardening

Successful Water-Wise Gardening: A Brief Overview Because almost all drought-tolerant plants have a vast, far-reaching root system that seeks out water deep below the soil’s surface, well-amended soil is a must when planting a drought-tolerant garden. Pacific...

Growing Citrus in the Pacific Northwest

Growing Citrus in the Pacific Northwest

Every home should have at least one citrus plant! Packed with vitamin C, citrus trees have shiny evergreen leaves, fragrant flowers, and attractive fruits that hang for months. Although it’s not so practical to grow large citrus trees outdoors in our climate, it is...

Watering 101

Watering 101

Factors that complicate watering include type of plant, exposure (sun/shade, wind, etc.), growing conditions (in-ground versus container), soil type/planting media, how long it has been planted, and weather/season. Get Off to a Good Start Amend poor soil when...

Warm Weather Planting Tips

Warm Weather Planting Tips

Here we are in late June/early July, and by now the excitement of planting may be tempered by the need to keep plants hydrated and healthy for the rest of the summer. At times, watering may feel like a chore—caring for newly planted landscapes can be time-consuming...

July in the Garden

July in the Garden

Long, hot days and warm nights make July a great time for outdoor living, but remember to water! Hanging baskets, containers, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and new plantings are especially vulnerable to weather stress. From lead-free hoses to expert advice and...

Vines in the Garden

Vines in the Garden

3 Basic Growth Styles: Clinging, Twining & Climbing with Tendrils Clinging vines use foot-like attachments to adhere to a surface. They climb best on structures with a grainy texture such as brick, rock, stucco, or wood (not very suitable for metal or smooth...

Facts About Bee Pollinators

Facts About Bee Pollinators

Look carefully for groups of bees crowded together in the evening or early morning. They may be hanging by their jaws from various plant parts, hidden inside flowers that are closed up for the night (e.g. squash flowers), or even dug into a temporary shelter in the...