Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

Experimenting in the garden

The third week of April is when bedding plants and container garden flowers are filling the racks at the nurseries and garden centers. Gardening is an adventure and trying new plants and planting combinations is part of the fun, so make this the year you reach for something new for your garden.

Marianne Binetti

Time for early planting, overseeding lawn

The second week of April is the time to plant cool season vegetables such as lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, radish, peas, potatoes and parsnips. You can also add blueberry plants, raspberries and strawberries to your landscape and fertilize perennial vegetables such as asparagus and rhubarb.

Marianne Binetti

Get outside and weed

Near the end of March there is one very important garden task to be completed: Weeding. If you don’t get control of the weeds this week, you’ll have millions more to deal with later on in the summer. April is the month of blooming, seeding and spreading weeds, so pulling, mulching and cutting back weeds this month is the best form of preventative maintenance.

Marianne Binetti

Plant marriages that create heaven

The third week in March is when the nurseries are filling up with fresh perennials, roses, conifers, flowering shrubs and berry bushes. It’s time to get to a nursery while the selection is good and the weather still cool enough to make transplanting easy.

Marianne Binetti

Ornamental grasses are due for a trim

Cutting back grasses early in the spring means the fresh new growth won’t be tangled with the old brown duff from last year. It doesn’t matter much if you use hand pruners, electric trimmers or hedge shears to take off the old dead growth.

Marianne Binetti

Garden shows are great for inspiration during the dark, dreary months

The end of January is when Home and Garden shows in the area give gardeners a sneak peek at spring while still under the protective roof of an exhibition center. The Tacoma Home and Garden Show runs Jan 26-29 at the Tacoma Dome, and then the biggest garden show on the West Coast — the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle — celebrates spring this year by opening February 22 - 26. (Order early-bird discount tickets online at gardenshow.com)

Marianne Binetti

Hellebores perfect in many ways in winter

Winter is here and so are the blooms on hellebore plants. Hellebores are the perfect perennial for Western Washington gardeners, because not only are they slug-, drought- and deer-resistant, they love our rain and bloom in the shade of evergreen trees.

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