Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

Tough plants can provide early color

The final week in April is a good time to make your plans for a colorful summer with blooming container gardens. It may still be too early to plant our heat-loving flowering and vegetable plants such as coleus, basil and marigolds but if you find nice specimens at a nursery or garden center, buy them now and just protect them at night by covering with a light sheet or moving them under a covered porch or patio.

Marianne Binetti

Downton Abbey in your garden

The first week of April is when fools rush in and plant warm- season crops and flowers outdoors much too early. Wait until mid-May, when all danger of frost has passed, before letting heat-loving tomato starts, squash, coleus, marigolds and impatiens spend the night outdoors.

Marianne Binetti

Get spring going by forcing branches, bulbs

The last week of January means it is time to force the issue of an early spring. You can smell the fragrance and enjoy the color of an early spring this month at the Tacoma Home & Garden Show that runs Jan. 28-31. You can also force your own spring blooms by using the techniques below.

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Resolutions for successful gardening in 2016

Winter is when every landscape and garden holds the promise of a perfect growing season. This January, resolve to add these monthly reminders to your calendar — you’ll enjoy less work and more beauty if your resolutions for 2016 are to do at least one nice thing for your garden each month.

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