Steve Smith

Fun facts about robins, the musical harbingers of spring

Some of the birds live here year-round, but most head south for the winter.

Gardens can and do come back to life after a freeze

Time will tell if there is winter damage, so don’t get in too much of a hurry to pull plants out.

Growing up: Some plants go through changes not unlike puberty

Arborvitae, junipers, spruce and pines, for example, exhibit juvenile and adult characteristics.

How do plants survive freezing temperatures? With genetics

Plants have evolved to tolerate the weather conditions of where they are growing.

Is your yard more moss than grass? It’s time to take control

At the top of the to-do list: Treat your lawn with an organic product to get rid of moss for good.

Get rid of shot weed now to prevent lots of yard work later

Here is Steve Smith’s gardening to-do list for the month of February. Weeding is a top priority.

Gardeners, take heed: This is your last chance to goof off

Steve Smith is giving you permission take it easy in the garden until Feburary arrives.

A visit to the nursery helps put you in the mood to garden

Not ready to get back into gardening? January is still a fun time to poke around a garden center.

Indoor gardens: Four easy-to-grow house plants for beginners

If you want to get in on the house-plant trend but you don’t know where to begin, read this column.

New year, new garden: What are your planting plans for 2018?

Now is the perfect time to dream big and make plans for the next growing season.

Compost: It’s what every gardener really wants for Christmas

A pile of decomposed and recycled organic matter is the gardener’s gift that keeps on giving.

A mild December makes for easy winter cleanup in the garden

If you haven’t finished your November gardening tasks, here’s a list of chores to do this month.

Buying a fresh-cut Christmas tree is the natural choice

When decorating for the holidays, Steve Smith goes for the real deal. He lists some pros and cons.

Add evergreen perennials to your garden for winter interest

Here’s a list of plants that compliment the seasonal shrubs you’ve just added to your yard.

Around Thanksgiving, gardeners give thanks for the garden

What are they most thankful for? The pleasure they receive from spending time in their yards.

Keep the garden interesting all through the winter

These plants will add much-needed color to the winter garden.

Fall pruning at the top of the gardener’s November to do list

Gardening in the Northwest really is a year-round hobby. Check off this month’s chores.

So much happens in the fall garden that you’ll never get bored

Watch for gardening surprises: While many plants go to sleep this season, others are just waking up.

Fall is just another blooming season

October can be a time of spectacular colors in your garden.

How to prune a hydrangea: An exception to the pruning rule

It helps to think of a growing blackberry vine when you’re about to cut back this blooming shrub.