Home & Garden HEADLINES
Two weeks ago, I wrote about a reader who contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet.
On a gentle slope halfway between Shelton and Allyn, puddles of color light up the ground like a gigantic painters palette. The demonstration garden of specialty nursery Heaths and Heathers is made up almost entirely of its two namesake plants. Though a few are in bloom, most of the color is coming from a rainbow of foliage: red, pink, orange, yellow, green, silver, bronze and even black. Now is the time of year when those colors are most vibrant.
It’s cool-season crop time. The beginning of March is a good time to plant peas, sweet peas and lettuce.
Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache.
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.
The transformation started simply enough, with a molded ceramic tile of a flower framed by Celtic tracery.
Consider the chicken. Or at least consider raising one or two. Backyard poultry is just one of the topics at Saturday’s South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.
Pamela Andrella and Arica Neill’s business is about more than giving old furniture new life.
Question: My daughter and her 5-year-old sleep in a bedroom with a hardwood floor, filled with clothing and stuffed animals. She recently added a small table-top air filter and a humidifier that she activates every night, putting a half-gallon of water into the air in a 12-hour period.
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 70th annual Seattle Home Show begins Saturday and continues through Feb. 23 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Here’s what you need to know about the nine-day event:
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.
Imagine a city park full of edible berries and mushrooms, or neighborhoods laden with productive fruit trees. Two new projects in Tacoma — the Tacoma Food Forest and the Fruit Tree Steward Program — and an orcharding workshop in Mount Vernon offer chances for people to grow food in the community over the next few months and beyond.
For the Tacoma mother-daughter team of Sue and Courtney Goetz the generation gap spans just inches. That’s the amount of space that separates the pair’s two cottages that take center stage in their display garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Is the rain getting you down? Store it in barrels. Are bushes about to swallow your house? Prune them into topiary. Is it too sunny for you? Harness solar energy.
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