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I have a confession to make. Even though bulbs are probably the last thing I need more of in my garden, I just can’t help myself. Bulb catalogs and garden center displays do this to me every time: Whenever I spot something new and unusual, it goes into my cart.
There are two foods that really make life worth living: chocolate and garlic. While I can’t grow my own chocolate, I certainly can cultivate garlic. It is really easy to grow, and the resulting crop enhances the flavors of so many savory dishes. Fall is the time to plant garlic.
I know it’s not the end of the garden season yet, but with fall fast approaching, I’ve been taking a critical look at how this year’s garden performed. Gardeners in the Inland Northwest and across the country have seen the impact our changeable weather patterns have had on our plants.
Do you have room in your vegetable garden right now? Chances are, your lettuce, spinach and peas stopped growing when our hot temperatures arrived. If you pulled them up and have empty beds, think about growing a fall garden.
Allow me to apologize in advance for the following statement: Fall is coming. Those three words cause fear and dread in vegetable gardeners everywhere. Now is the time to be proactive to ensure an abundant harvest before the weather gets cold.
Is it just me, or are you also alarmed we’re well into August already? Since our long, chilly and very wet spring got our vegetable gardens off to a rough start, it seems only fair that the growing season should proceed more slowly.
Why haven’t I grown annual poppies before? This thought has been echoing in my brain lately every time I admire the stunning poppies that are currently blooming in my garden.
There’s a baby boom going on in our garden right now. Birds of all kinds are starting to reveal what they’ve been up to for the past few weeks. Mountain chickadee babies are out and about begging for food from Mom and Dad.
My husband, Bill, and I really enjoy watching the British gardening program “Gardeners World.” In the U.K., it airs every Friday night during primetime, and the broadcasts are an hour long for most of the garden season.
I know I’m not the only one who has been stunned by the way the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our daily lives. The past three months have been surreal. In addition to disrupting so many of our routines, it has affected gardeners.
Our pollinator garden’s first growing season was a journey of discovery as we watched the plants grow and bloom while observing the variety of insects that visited them. While we didn’t see any monarchs, plenty of other butterflies stopped by.
Culinary herbs are the easiest edible plants you can grow. With no known insect or disease problems, they are a breeze to grow. Herbs add such a flavorful dimension to all kinds of dishes. If you plant them right outside your door, they’ll become an integral part of your cooking.
You don’t need a garden plot to grow fresh produce. Planting vegetables and herbs in containers is an excellent alternative to conventional gardens. By finding the sunniest location available, you will be successful.
I think it’s safe to say the tomato is everyone’s favorite veggie to grow. Try as they might, grocery stores just can’t offer us fully ripened, flavorful tomatoes. As a result, we gardeners crave them through the fall and winter months and put them at the top of our planting list.
With the month of May just around the corner, it’s time to think about growing warm season crops in the garden. In the Inland Northwest, it’s usually safe to plant them after May 15, although one should always keep a close eye on the weather forecasts.
It seems like no matter which savory dish I make, onions always play a prominent role. They are easy to grow, so let’s take a look at how to have the best results with them.
Flowers are one of the most delightful aspects of a garden. The sheer variety of blossom colors, plant heights and leaf shapes is mindboggling. Some have pleasant fragrances, which adds another dimension to the experience. It’s fascinating to watch butterflies and other insects that visit them, as well.
Some of my favorite cool-season crops are beets, spinach and Swiss chard. They all belong to the same plant family (Amaranthaceae), so they have the same cultural needs and potential insect problems.
Who would have thought that having trees cut down would allow us to meet more neighbors and promote the concept of growing a garden?
Cabbage family crops are some of the tastiest veggies a gardener can grow. The most frustrating thing about growing members of the cabbage plant family is that they tend to be bug magnets.