Marianne Binetti HEADLINES
The second week of March is when your gardening task list really begins to grow. Add these:
It’s cool-season crop time. The beginning of March is a good time to plant peas, sweet peas and lettuce.
The end of February is the time to add heavenly hellebores and other early bloomers to the landscape. Local nurseries are bursting with new and exotic hellebore varieties, thanks to a local wholesale grower in the Skagit Valley who has made these perennials the stars of the winter garden in Western Washington.
Early spring means dwarf daffodils, crocus, hellebores, forsythia and even some flowering plum trees are edging onto the stage as the big show of petal-performers unfolds.
The second week of February is the time to finish up any winter pruning of fruit trees and grape vines, and use a dormant oil spray on roses or other leafless plants.
The first week of February may still be gray outdoors but a rainbow of orchids will offer tropical delights inside the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Wednesday through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center.
Here are five things to do to hurry up spring the next few weeks.
With spring’s arrival just weeks away — ignore that dripping rain — dig into creative ideas and think about “containering” your plants, but don’t contain your enthusiasm for container gardening with a twist.
The second week of January is prime time for indoor gardening.
Let’s start the new year off with a test: Do you know how to handle your garden this winter? Here are the most asked and most important questions of the season, with multiple-choice answers. (If you answer them all correctly, your thumb is green.)
The most universal New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, get more exercise and save money — all goals that will be accomplished if you plant a vegetable garden.
Mid-December means the celebration of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. By the end of the month, the sun will set later each day and bulbs and buds will begin to stir in a slow awakening toward spring. Last week in this column, I wrote about finding a focal point — one you can see from indoors or near the entry — and adding outdoor lighting and plants. This week, it is time to consider some of the best plant material for winter gardens.
The first week of December is when the winter delights of the garden begins. You don’t even need to have a garden to train your eye to see the beauty of living in a climate where there is a change of seasons.
Time for the annual Thanksgiving column so gardeners in Western Washington can once again be grateful for our mild climate, abundant rainfall and beautiful gardens. This year you’ll also get to be thankful for the garden chores you don’t have to do this week:
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