Category Archives: Gardening Tips

Create a Butterfly Garden

People love butterflies. They are beautiful, fascinating creatures. Even people who don’t like bugs and other creepy crawly things tend to like butterflies. Gardeners often ask me which plants will attract more butterflies to their yard. There are certainly many … Continue reading

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Do Your Trees have a Flare for Roots?

The next time you’re fishing for a conversation starter at a cocktail party, try this line: “So how’s your root flare?” OK, you probably won’t get much more than a blank stare, or a “huh?” in response. How about at … Continue reading

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Pruning Fruit Trees

You might be surprised to hear that early spring is the ideal time to prune your fruit trees. I mean, haven’t we always been told that winter is the best pruning season? Well, yes, if you need to do some … Continue reading

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35 Things You Can Do in Your Garden This Winter

Me and some of my gardening friends were recently talking about winter gardening and what we were all planning on doing between now and spring. I guess we were all going through some gardening withdrawal! And, what with spring being … Continue reading

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Fall Tool Prep for Winter

This is the 3rd article in a 3 part series on getting the yard ready for winter. You can read the first two parts here, and here. If you work in your garden regularly you probably have a certain amount … Continue reading

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Fall Garden Preparations

Fall is a great time to work in the garden. Around these parts, in Western Washington, the weather tends to be a little warmer than spring, and a little drier. The colors are beautiful, the air smells sweet and autumny … Continue reading

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How to Make a Rain Garden

Many people have a spot in their yard that seems to flood a lot, or maybe is wet all the time, even in the driest parts of the summer. Typically these spots are at the bottom of a hill, and … Continue reading

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Practical Botany Basics for the Gardening Enthusiast Mary’s garden, according to the nursery rhyme, grew with “silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row.” Of course that’s the completely wrong answer, as any botanist will tell … Continue reading

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How to Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden

One of the questions I get asked the most at my plant sales is, “What kinds of plants attract birds?” Birds are a wonderful addition to your garden any time of year, but it is particularly nice to have them … Continue reading

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Winter Gardening is Not an Oxymoron

Here in the Northwest we have pretty mild winters, at least if you stay west of the Cascade mountains. Still we get a number of days below freezing, and even a little snow from time to time. In fact, just … Continue reading

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