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A Gardener’s Winter Solstice

On the winter solstice, the northern hemisphere will be at its furthest tilt from the sun. We’ll mark our shortest day and longest night of 2021 here in the Pacific Northwest on December 21st . Then, our sunrises will creep earlier and our sunsets later. From the winter solstice on, the half of the planet… […]

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Gardening for Dinosaurs: Paleozoic Plants for Today

When you think of a classic garden, you might picture an impressionist painting. But let’s try turning the clock just a little further back… or, you know, like 300,000,000 years back. While the trilobites of the Paleozoic era and the overgrown chickens of the Jurassic may be long gone, some of the plants that dominated… […]

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Pumpkin Passion: Delicious Recipes for Sky Squash

Every year in October, a good part of the Sky greenhouse becomes an all out festive fall pumpkin patch! We source organic and sustainably grown pumpkins, gourds, and squash from just a few special local growers in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re looking for the perfect jack-o-lantern to carve before all hallows eve, or a… […]

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Plants for a Haunted Halloween Garden

Some gardens are spooky year round! Bloodgood Japanese Maple Two very special seasons collide in our October gardens. Of course, we’re talking about fall planting season, and spooky season! Now is the perfect time for our gardens to get into the spirit of things with wonderfully wicked plants of all kinds. Whether you garden in… […]

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The Fall Garden Fashion Show

While spring and summer boast plenty of blooms, one could argue that the real fashion show belongs to autumn. In our Pacific Northwest fall gardens, flowers give way to colorful berries and intriguing seed pods; leaves transition through a vibrant cavalcade of colors, then drop to dramatically reveal textured bark and twisting branches; and all […]

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Pest Damage ID Part 3: Who’s destroying my garden?

Creepy crawlies may come to mind first when we think about garden pests, but birds and mammals can sometimes cause us even more trouble. Damage from smaller critters might look like holes or discoloration. But when it comes to uprooted plants, heavily nibbled veggies or flowers, seeds snapped right up out of the ground, or… […]

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Pest Damage ID Part 2: Who’s Discoloring My Leaves?

Pest damage isn’t always as obvious as holes in your leaves. In our last pest damage ID post, we covered the most common insect pests that chew or rasp away at plant leaves. This time, we’re taking a look at some more subtle culprits: those that suck the juices right out of your plants like… […]

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Celebrate Summer: Inspiration for Garden Gatherings

A garden party of any size can be a wonderful way to celebrate the season of abundance. Many of us are yearning for a little jubilation now more than ever, and a garden is the perfect place to make those memories. At the same time, we may be keeping our gatherings smaller, and looking for… […]

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Natural Pest Management for Indoor Plants

Where there are plants, you can be certain there will be pesky creatures looking to munch on them. Unfortunately for indoor plant parents, this holds true even inside our homes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared, and minimize any harm that may befall your plants. Where Do Indoor Pests Come From? Even if… […]

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The Garden Walk: Daily Checklist for a Healthy Garden

Hi there, dear Sky Nursery readers. Toby Madrone here. I usually stick to a more informative tone, but I decided to change it up a bit today, and share from my personal gardening experience. I hope you enjoy this post in all of its honest plant-nerd glory. I take a walk through my garden every… […]

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