April Gardening Tips:

Planning When buying bedding annuals this spring choose properly grown plants with good color. Buy plants that are not too large for their pots with many unopened buds. Plants that bloom in the packs are often root bound. Plants not yet in bloom will actually bloom sooner, become better established and grow faster. Plan to …

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Garden Trends

In today’s instant media fueled world people are searching for balance and purpose, and tapping into the power of plants to cultivate the ‘new good life’. According to Susan McCoy, of the U.S.-based trend-spotting Garden Media Group, Plants play a vital role in our lives. Besides beautifying our homes and gardens, they’re vital to our …

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In the Garden in March

Planning If you are buying bare-root trees, look for ones with large root systems in relation to top growth. It is not necessary to purchase a very large tree to get a quality plant. Planting Dig, divide, and replant crowded summer and fall flowering perennials like Agapanthus, Garden Phlox, Astilbe, Aster, Bleeding Heart, Coral Bells, …

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Worm Bins!

Vermiculture or vermicomposting is the practice of using worms to aid in the breakdown and disposal of waste into viable, useful material. The end product of vermicompost is vermicast; worm casting or manure created from the digestion of materials. This process takes material that is not readily useful to either soil or plants and turns …

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Water Sustainability

Although we often complain in Seattle about the amount of rain we get, water shortages are something we can, and do, experience. Our last drought was as recent as 2003. In response, citizens of the Puget Sound water shed have reduced our per capita water usage from 152 gallons per day (gpd) to 97 gpd …

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Raised Bed Gardening

Are raised beds worth the effort and expense? The simple answer is yes, and here are a few reasons to make room in your landscape: Raised beds give the gardener an opportunity to control key factors such as soil make up, drainage and sun exposure. No foot traffic through your raised beds means less compacted …

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