Author: Linda

  • Attracting Birds to the Pacific Northwest Garden

    Attracting Birds to the Pacific Northwest Garden

    Watching birds swoop and listening to them sing are some of the many joys of gardening.  But hanging up a few feeders isn’t enough to create a true backyard habitat for birds; inviting them to come and “stay a spell” takes careful consideration of their needs. So what exactly do you need to do to keep birds hanging […]

  • The Many Faces of Coreopsis: New Varieties to Love

    The Many Faces of Coreopsis: New Varieties to Love

    Coreopsis is a staple of the traditional flower garden because it’s long-blooming, easy to grow, and the profuse little daisy-like flowers can cheer up anyone if they’re having a bad day. Yet most people haven’t looked beyond the old-school varieties to learn about the wide array of colors available in this favorite, adaptable plant. These […]

  • Fabulously Fastigiate: Narrow Plants for Skinny Spaces

    Fabulously Fastigiate: Narrow Plants for Skinny Spaces

    Most gardeners have one of “those” spaces: an awkward, skinny location where you need that most unusual of plants, one that grows much taller than it does wide. We call these plants “fastigiate”, which means tall and narrow, or tower-like. Usually these spots in the garden are created by fences or walls, but you can […]

  • Tomato Blight: Organic Treatment for Early and Late Blight

    You have visions of homegrown tomatoes dancing in your head. . . Homemade tomato sauce canned and stacked neatly on shelves, stewed tomatoes in jars, tomatoes on salads and just taking a big juicy bite out of one straight out of the garden – you can almost taste it! You go out to your garden […]

  • Repairing and Preventing Snow Damage in the Landscape

    Repairing and Preventing Snow Damage in the Landscape

    Split bark, broken branches, and winter burned foliage – it’s enough to make any gardener long to take refuge in a warmer climate. However, a little knowledge can go a long way towards preventing and repairing storm damage. By treating your plants properly in summer and fall, you can help plants harden off and become immune […]

  • DIY Bird Seed Blends for Feeding Wild Birds (and a Guide to the Best Seeds)

    DIY Bird Seed Blends for Feeding Wild Birds (and a Guide to the Best Seeds)

    Feeding wild birds is a rewarding pastime and a wonderful way to identify different birds in your area, which is good information to have if you are planning to use native plants in your garden to attract specific species. It’s also a great way to share a love of wildlife with children who may be […]

  • Beguiling Bergenias: 5 Varieties for Dry Shade

    Beguiling Bergenias: 5 Varieties for Dry Shade

    While many gardeners find shade challenging enough, add in dry soil and deer, and the list of plants which will perform gets shorter and shorter. Yet Bergenia, an unassuming perennial with leathery evergreen leaves, does admirably under all of these conditions. Though you may have grown Bergenia in the past and been unimpressed by its tendency […]

  • Low-Maintenance Water Features: Downsizing Ponds and Fountains

    When you envision a water feature, it may evoke the gentle sound of a soothing waterfall, or perhaps your thoughts go to the splashing of a brook over rocks. Maybe a lovely pond with koi and water lilies will give you a sense of peace. What you don’t picture, though, is the hard work it […]

  • How to Compost Pet Waste: Making Pet Ownership More Earth-Friendly

    How to Compost Pet Waste: Making Pet Ownership More Earth-Friendly

    With the number of pets people have, the safe disposal of pet waste has become a real problem for local governments. When you put it in a plastic bag and send it to the landfill, for instance, it just sits there forever until the bag is broken. And it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out […]

  • Keeping Dogs From Eating Organic Fertilizer

    Keeping Dogs From Eating Organic Fertilizer

    Using organic fertilizers is a great way to be green and give your plants a slow-release source of nutrients. However, some of the – ahem – more “fragrant” fertilizer ingredients just seem to call out your dog’s name. If you have a dog who likes to roll around in strong aromas, or worse, has a gourmand’s taste […]