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Companion Planting

We get a lot of questions about companion planting at Sky. Many gardeners hope for a straightforward list of compatible plants to make it easy to intercrop their garden beds. But ultimately, charts and lists might be a little too simplistic for the beautifully complex world of plants. Instead, we like to think about companion… […]

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What’s a Rootstock? Grafted Fruit Tree Basics

Most of the fruit trees we sell at Sky are grafted, meaning that they are actually a combination of at least two trees! This goes not only for our “combination” trees that grow more than one kind of fruit, but even for those that only produce a single variety. Grafting is what keeps dwarf trees… […]

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Natural Slug & Snail Management

Ah, springtime in the garden. Bulbs are blooming, bumblebees are buzzing, and mollusks are slowly stirring beneath the mulch. Wait…. what? Slugs and snails — land-based cousins of marine mollusks like clams — are very much part of our garden ecosystems. Like most of the small animals that call our gardens home, they spend the… […]

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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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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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Indoor Plants & Pets

You may have heard that indoor plants and pets don’t mix. Depending on what you’ve been reading, you might even have given up on the whole idea of house plants for fear of poisoning your fur-babies. While we definitely believe in being cautious about toxic plants, we’d like to offer a more optimistic perspective. Keep… […]

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Soil Acidity in the PNW

Have you heard that you need to “sweeten” your soil, that you should check your soil pH, or that your soil might be too acidic? Many gardeners have heard about soil acidity or soil pH, but not many of us really understand what it means. It’s an important topic. No matter what else you do,… […]

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New Rose Varieties 2021

For years, Sky Nursery has offered our customers hundreds of varieties of pre-potted roses, available by early February. Sky has one of the largest rose fields in the Seattle-area, and our knowledgeable staff is here to help you select the perfect varieties for your garden. Every year, we bring in a few new varieties to… […]

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Squirrels: Garden Friend or Foe?

Squirrels: adorable backyard wildlife, or pesky garden pest? It’s a hot debate in some gardening circles, and consensus may not come anytime soon. In polls, squirrels top lists of everyone’s favorite urban wildlife… and they also top lists of the most annoying pests. But whether you view squirrels as fluffy friends, problem pests, or admirable… […]

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Why Botanical Names Matter

Have you tangled with botanical names yet in your gardening adventures? Chances are that you have, even if you weren’t aware of it at the time! Whether you’ve planted a Hydrangea, Petunia, or Hosta, you’ve at least brushed shoulders with the world of botanical names. Some gardeners are passionate about botanical names. Others see them… […]

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