Steve Smith

Most of our weed issues are self-inflicted because of poor timing — aka neglect. It’s the No. 1 failure of gardeners. (Getty Images)

How to keep pesky weeds away for a much healthier garden

You’ll continue to have weed problems if you don’t plant new plants or cover the ground with mulch.


The hardy fuchsia “Voltaire” is one the few fuchsias that can take full sun all day. (Nicole Phillips)

Eight perennials to add to the garden for summer-long enjoyment

July is a great time to fill in those blank spots with long-blooming perennials. (Yes, it is OK to plant in the summer.)


Four easy-to-grow vegetables you should plant in your garden

If you plant these perennial crops now, you’ll be harvesting their bounty by next year. And every year after that.


The four simple ways you too can ‘bee’ a pollinator gardener

In addition to bees, our wasps and flies, moths and butterflies, hummingbirds and bats will thank you.

Six unusual cool-season vegetables to try growing at home

Growing your own veggies means you can plant varieties that simply cannot be found at the grocery store.

In the world stressing you out? Escape to the garden

Breath in fresh air, roll up your sleeves and get to work on pruning, weeding and planting.

Wallflowers — they’re so much more than the name implies

The flowers are appreciated for their sweet fragrance, frost tolerance, yellow flowers and blooming habit.

New Belarinas are cuts above your grocery-store primrose

Developed in Europe, these flowers will brighten your garden and be your harbinger of spring for years to come.

Take your pick from thousands of bare-root roses this season

When planting roses in the garden, get them watered-in right away and add some transplant fertilizer.

Cut flowers with roots show everlasting love for your valentine

Here are a variety of roses perfect for Valentine’s Day gift-giving.

Perfect pick: You can grow your own berries in your backyard

The issue is figuring out which berry varieties you want — because so many of them like the Northwest.

We’ll still have frosty nights, but our gardens are waking up

Now that the “arctic blast” is behind us, it’s time to clean up your flower beds. Here’s how to do it.

For the love of orchards: How to grow fruit trees in your yard

Homeowners have lots of space-saving options when it comes to growing apples, cherries, pears and more.

Hurry! Winterize your garden before the arctic blast arrives

Follow these tips to help prevent freeze damage — but be prepared to do some repairs or replacements.

Gardening trends for the next decade (or at least the new year)

Dirt is healthy, and manicured lawns and gardens aren’t ideal — those are two of Steve Smith’s takeaways for 2020.

Seven last-minute gift ideas for the gardener in your life

Don’t know what to get? Why not try a Farmer’s Almanac, bird feeder, houseplant or gardening tools.

Why yes, you can grow citrus trees in the Pacific Northwest

We live in a horticultural paradise, so be adventurous and tend to your own lemon and lime trees.

Christmas or Lenten roses — whatever you call them, they’re back

The seasonal perennials, also known as hellebores, have many lovely hybrids and bloom all winter.

A gardener pauses to reflect and be thankful for what he has

Steve Smith pays tribute to the resilience of nature after a fire burned half his back yard landscape.

When picking out a Christmas tree, should you go real or fake?

Unless you’re allergic, go for a living noble, Fraser or Douglas fir. The trees have a host of benefits.