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Lessons spring from what does and does not winter over
Taking stock of how your garden fared through the cold, wet months will help you plant for the future.
Get those frost-tolerant veggies into the ground while it’s still cool
And while you’re at it, tuck a few varieties of frost-tolerant flowers into your beds, as well.
March madness: Here’s your game plan for a winning spring garden
From veggies and berries to landscaping and lawn care, it’s time to get your head in the game.
Spring dreamin’: Cold, wet winter can’t keep a good gardener down
With better weather around the corner, now’s the time to explore new shrubs, trees, roses — even perennials and annuals.
Creating a delightfully fragrant garden just makes good scents
As a garden center owner for over three decades, I have seen all types of gardeners come in to shop for plants and, without exception,… Continue reading
It’s show time: Let this festival renew your love of gardening
This week marks the beginning of the 33rd annual Northwest Flower and Garden Festival, which will run Feb. 15-19 at the Washington State Convention Center… Continue reading
Here’s your gardening to-do list for February. Step 1: pruning
Recess is over, it’s time for action After this last hard freeze, I am hoping that the worst is behind us and we can confidently… Continue reading
Fruit tree season is upon us. Choose wisely
Unlike growing veggies, fruit trees are a long-term investment, so make sure you start out on the right foot.
Is there a rose bush in your gardening future?
Now is the time to browse local garden centers for these sun-loving, repeat-blooming treasures.
January is a great month for learning more at gardening classes
With the pandemic ebbing (knocks on wood), the classes have moved from Zoom back to in-person venues.
Slow down and enjoy ‘quiet time’ in the Snohomish County garden
A quietly serene winter garden is the perfect place to escape the chaos of everyday life.
A few tips for a better garden in 2023
I know a few of you might find it incredibly hard to believe, but I actually spend a considerable amount of time researching my columns… Continue reading
How cold is too cold for the Northwest garden? It depends
Overnight temperatures in the teens, and daytime highs that don’t exceed the mid-20s, can spell doom if gardeners don’t take action.
Steve Smith’s gift ideas for your favorite gardener
They range from the down-to-earth practical (garden tools) to the purely decorative (garden art).
Get in the holiday swing of things — make a wreath
Area garden centers have the greenery and equipment so you can make a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home.
Weather, rain, geraniums: A gardener gives thanks
Take a minute and reflect on what you are grateful for in your garden, and then share the gratitude with your fellow gardeners.
It’s time for a little winter cleanup in the garden
Here are a few tips to help your garden survive winter and come back in spring stronger than ever.
Decidedly deciduous: Creating year-round interest in the garden
Up your fall gardening game with Japanese maples, hydrangeas and countless more deciduous trees and shrubs.
Discover hardy cyclamen, cool-season jewels for PNW gardens
They will grace a shady part of your garden with dainty butterfly-like flowers from August through October.
Fall is for planting — don’t let the weather spoil it
Here’s what to do — and what not to do — in the garden during our increasingly long dry spells.