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Gardening for Pollinators

Pollinator insects need your help! Pollinator populations continue to decline due to the increased use of agricultural pesticides, and supporting pollinators is one of the easiest and best ways to improve the health of your local ecosystem, increase biodiversity, and support food production. Unlike yellowjackets and wasps, which can be grumpy and aggressive, pollinator insects […]

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Smoothie Herb Container 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. Play with herb […]

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Watson's Grown Annuals

Your favorite annuals, grown right here to our highest standards for 35 years and counting. Our homegrown plants are the bedrock of our business. Each year, for as long as anyone can remember, Watson’s has planted and nurtured popular annuals for our customers. And as we’ve grown, so has the space devoted to Watson’s Grown. […]

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Soil Guide

Whether you are potting your very first houseplant or budgeting for a major landscaping project, everything begins— and can potentially end—with the soil. Here are the basics you need to know to have a successful season. Garden soil amendments Soil amendments maintain the integrity of your soil by adding valuable organic matter. This matter breaks […]

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Vegetable Gardening 101

Eat what you sow There exists in life few pleasures more rewarding than popping a ripe, sun-warmed cherry tomato into your mouth that you picked just moments earlier. Or inviting friends over for supper (now that it’s finally safe to do so!) and serving them a truly fresh salad, assembled entirely from ingredients you grew […]

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Essential Houseplants

Whether you’re overwhelmed by the choices, new to gardening, or just a fan of our blog (we don’t blame you), the following plants are the classics of the contemporary indoor garden—and not just in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve arranged this list with arrangements in mind. There’s no one right way to create a thoughtful and […]

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Garden Activities for February

Least fun but very important: WEEDING – the pop weed (shot weed) is growing like crazy right now, best to get it out before it throws seeds everywhere. PLANTING – Around here we can plant most things for most of the year, as long as the ground is not frozen. It’s perfect timing for the […]

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Challenging Houseplants

Watson’s customers are generally a savvy lot. We aren’t surprised when people ask us for advice on caring for more temperamental houseplants. For home gardeners up for a little challenge, these hard-to-care-for plants are absolutely gorgeous and rewarding to grow. Most of the difficulty comes down to attention: these simply need a bit more of […]

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Pet-Safe Houseplants for Your Indoor Garden

If you’ve resisted filling your home with plants because you’re worried about your furry friends getting into them, rest assured. Here is a list of pet-safe plants that you’re sure to love: Pachira (Money Tree) Needs lots of light, up to full sun. Southern and Western exposure is ideal. Soil needs to dry thoroughly between […]

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Arranging Houseplants

Styling and creating elegant houseplant arrangements isn’t difficult once you understand the basic tenets of garden design. More ]]> ARRANGING HOUSEPLANTS Styling and creating elegant houseplant arrangements isn’t difficult once you understand the basic tenets of garden design. And one of the first elements to look at—and an easy way to take your indoor garden […]

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