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March Ramblings

There is nothing that gets my gardening juices flowing more than a string of dry days, a little blue sky, and the mercury flirting in the low 60’s. Such was the case last week and boy did I take advantage of it – this is often the case in March…

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Smoothie Herb Container Garden

Potted Smoothie Garden Plant a container garden of herbs mixed with fruits for ingredients to make flavorful, healthy smoothies! Herb Smoothie Making Tips Herb leaves are packed with flavor. Don’t overdo it! Add a few leaves at a time and adjust to taste. Grow your herbs and fruits organically or purchase organic ingredients to use. […]

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Words from the Garden: Our Favorite Horticultural Lingo

As you may already know, there is a lot to learn when it comes to gardening: plants, bugs, microclimates, soil conditions, animals, tools, minerals, moisture levels, and so much more! Once one part of the puzzle becomes clear, you may realize you’ve opened up an entirely new can of worms to be explored. When it… […]

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When good plants go bad

I have always loved the pristine white bark of the Himalayan white birch (Betula utilis var. jacquemontii) and it was an obvious choice to anchor the far end of our island bed  where it was highly visible from many vantage points. When a colleague offered me two more I created a small grove of these,…

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It’s time to add mason bees!

March is the perfect time to add mason bees to your yard. These small, shy bees are a great way to increase your fruit harvest and encourage native flowers in your yard. They are called mason bees because they use clayey mud to build protective walls. Choose a warm, sunny day with little wind. Hang… […]

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DIY Spring Container Gardens

Colorful spring containers celebrate the start of the gardening season and creating them is fun and easy if you know which plants to choose. Look for these great gems to create a new spring container or refresh an existing pot.

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The Magic Of Gardening With Raised Beds

Raised beds are an excellent way to grow your own vegetables in the PNW – especially with sometimes less-than-ideal soil conditions. Raised beds work their magic in several ways…

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Vegetables to Plant in Spring

One of the first activities I want to do outside in early spring is to plant my early spring vegetable garden. There’s nothing like the smooth, clean surface of prepped garden beds, the soil still pristine and just waiting to nurture rows of bright green spring vegetables, carefully planted in perfect rows. It’s like a […]

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5 Weeds 5 Ways

As you prepare your beds for spring planting, you may find yourself yanking out a whole lot of green stuff. From dandelions to shot-weed, uninvited guests proliferate in our gardens before we have even finished sketching out our garden plans. These hardy wild plants earn their unsavory reputations as “weeds” because they tend to shoulder… […]

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