Author

Erica Grivas

Erica has written for a wide variety of publications including the New York Post, Real Simple, Flower Gardens, Chicago Parent, and Connecticut Home and Garden magazines. She holds a certificate in Landscape Design from The New York Botanical Garden. She is a lifestyle writer for Seattle Greenlaker and has lived in Green Lake since 2009.

PCC Meal Kits Put to the Test

Suddenly meal kits are everywhere – bringing fun, hassle-free cooking to you online, via subscriptions, and at your supermarket.  PCC Community Markets debuted its “Scratch-Made Meals at Home” kits in April, and provided Greenlaker some to sample. The “globally inspired” kits, retail at $19.99, serve two people, and are “almost entirely organic produce and non-GMO, locally […]

Kombucha For Your Plants Created By Local Mom

In case you hadn’t heard, microbes rule the world as our tiny, yet all-powerful, overlords. Through complex networks of relationships, they boost or withhold health in us, in our plants, and for the planet. Dr. Sarah Pellkofer, 34, was struck by those relationships in her Ph.D. studies in Switzerland, seeing how certain bacteria and fungi […]

Need Garden Inspiration? The NW Flower and Garden Show Starts Today

Always an over-the-top inspiration for seasoned gardeners and plantaholics, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show  opens today for its 30th year with a twist – a special focus on delivering doable ideas for beginning gardeners, city dwellers, and edible gardeners. The five-day festival runs Wednesday–Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center, offering 20 plant-packed display […]

Caring For Your Trees In Winter

Why does my evergreen look so weird? To prune or not to prune?  Mulch? Which trees are the best for Seattle? When can I plant? We asked certified arborist Rick Castro of Davey Tree, who has been caring for trees for over 40 years,  to help us out on these questions and more. Read on. […]

Fall gardening: Plant Now For a Spectacular Winter

Imagine sitting by a fire, enjoying a hot cocoa as the winds gust outside. How’s the view out the window? Conjure a Japanese maple which sets off fireworks of fall color before revealing its winter pose, a pieta in swirls. At its feet, a symphony of bulbs emerge in turn, from snowdrops to daffodils and […]

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 […]

Meet Mojo

Meet my dog, Mojo, the latest in our series, Dogs of Green Lake. Mojo, nearly four years old, likes challenges – especially ones with squirrel potential. Our family adopted him at eight weeks after his litter was left in a parking lot. He is such a blend of breeds that his DNA test came back […]

Fall gardening: Plant Now For a Spectacular Winter

Imagine sitting by a fire, enjoying a hot cocoa as the winds gust outside. How’s the view out the window? Conjure a Japanese maple which sets off fireworks of fall color before revealing its winter pose, a pieta in swirls. At its feet, a symphony of bulbs emerge in turn, from snowdrops to daffodils and […]

previous page iconOlder posts