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Keep Your Garden Cool When It’s Hot

Despite Seattle’s soggy reputation, any gardener here knows our summers are dry. Dry as toast. But first comes winter. In winter, winter rains flood plants. If they survive that, which many tough customers didn’t in last winter’s record pelting, then – just as the growing season gets underway, as plants send out their tender feeder […]

Jumpstart Your Garden This Spring

The first week of spring often feels like the weather missed the calendar’s memo. It’s rainy and cold again, and the ground – which ideally would look like fluffy chocolate cake, looks more like the batter. Fortunately, although the forecast may not fit our spring dreams, this time of year offers great gardening opportunities for […]

Dream Gardens At The Northwest Flower And Garden Show

It may be gray outside, but it’s a supernova of color inside at the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 26) at the Convention Center. The show packs ideas, inspiration, and information into a dazzling display of theater.   The definitive stars are the 20 display gardens, each bursting with […]

Get Your Veggies On – Seeds vs. Starts

Just like a first kiss, timing is everything in the veggie garden. Take tomatoes – the Holy Grail of the Northwest gardener – they prefer their beds pre-warmed and toasty. Sow a seed in the ground that’s not warm enough, you might as well buy it a casket. Tomatoes wait for the soil to be […]