Never before have I lived a place where you can both snowboard through fresh powder and sow seeds in your garden during the same day. We are fortunate to have spring come early in our part of the world.
I have been a member of the Greater Wenatchee Arbor Day Committee for 17 years. It has been such a pleasure to drive around North Central Washington and recognize specimen trees the committee has distributed over the past 25 years. The trees are thriving and are unexpectedly large!
We all know that fashion is ephemeral. Do you remember that because President Kennedy did not wear a hat, men’s hats went out of fashion? In the late 1980s, did you have an interior design dominated by dusty pink and pale blue?
Is your garden shed bulging with mediocre tools? Most likely we all have many and hopefully a few winners scattered among them. Those winners do wonders for easing garden projects, and here are some that might work for you. They come recommended by four local Master Gardeners.
As I sit here writing this, I am looking at no less than seven different seed catalogs that have come in the mail during the month of December. For me, January is seed-purchasing time. Sometimes the terminology that describes seed can be confusing to a new gardener, especially one lacking a bachelor of science degree. Here are some simple definitions for common terms used in most catalogs to describe the breeding of the seed or its heritage. This can be of importance when choosing seed best suited to your needs.
We grow many plants in our gardens and homes introduced from other parts of the world. We try to stretch the boundaries of climates with the tedious process of planting annuals each year because they cannot survive our winters. We dig Dahlia and other tender, summer-blooming bulbs and mother them for the winter to plant them again the next late spring.
Winter is slowly creeping up on us this year, but I can remember recent years when a killing frost (20 degrees) came early in September. This year we have been kissed by frost but warmed by sunshine to milder temperatures by midday.
What is wrong with this plant and how do I fix it? We have just completed an entire season of gardening questions and more than half of the 700 or so people we talked to at the WSU Plant Clinic and the farmer’s markets and Demonstration Garden asked this question.