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How to Plant in the Summer (Without Killing Your Plants)

  The best transplanting weather is cool and wet, but sometimes there are good reasons to plant during hot and dry weather. In the Pacific Northwest where we regularly experience drought from July well into September, knowing how to help plants cope in these conditions is an essential gardening skill. If you find yourself needing… […]

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July In The Garden

Normally, July would be the time of year to kick back and enjoy the fruits of our labors as the zucchini starts to produce, the tomatoes begin to color up (at least the cherry types), the summer blooming perennials dance into bloom, and my containers fill out into the glorious compositions I envisioned when I […]

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11 Flowers That Attract Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Pollinators come in all shapes and sizes: bees, moths, butterflies, beetles, flies, and even bats, just to name a few. Knowing which plants serve our pollinators the best helps create a healthy and vibrant ecosystem where flora and fauna thrive. It also creates a diverse and beautiful garden for us to enjoy. Here are a […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR: Save a Forgotten Equine

Before there were gardens and flowers and veggies. Before landscape design and school and family. Before Duvall, Peace Corps and the wheat farm. My earliest memories were of horses, farms and animals. As a toddler, I was told that I would beg my Dad to carry me, rain or shine, to feed the horses and […]

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How to Grow Citrus in the PNW

Growing your own citrus can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you get a fruit producing tree, but you get intensely fragrant blossoms and an amazing patio plant for the warmer season that becomes a unique houseplant during the winter season. The most common method of growing citrus in PNW is a schedule […]

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Eight quick watering tips

Would you like to do a better job watering your landscape and keep your plants healthy? Follow our eight quick watering tips. Quick watering tips: What to water 1. Most important: anything that is newly planted. Trees, shrubs and perennials need regular watering for the first two or three growing seasons. 2. Your lawn needs […]

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Go Big Or Go Home

When I moved up to the Pacific Northwest over 30 years ago, I was shocked to see annuals, vegetables, and perennials in 4-inch pots or even 1-gallon containers. This never happened in California…

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7 Water-Wise Tips to Protect Your Plants This Summer

When the weather is hot and dry, it’s important to protect your plants and keep them healthy. Even established plants, like street trees, suffer from a dry summer, so get out there and water! Here are 7 water-wise tips to keep your plants hydrated and make watering your garden easy and effective.

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