Gardening

Spring Garden Tour: This Bud’s for You!

Spring Garden Tour: This Bud’s for You!

Vulcan Magnolia front and center, taking  its long-awaited bow The old place is draped in spring, and may I say it’s most becoming. Thanks to some unseasonably sunny days and my need to plant more spring bulbs each year, the garden has never looked more […]

How to Prune Raspberries

How to Prune Raspberries

Early spring before full bud break is the right time to prune raspberries, and there is a system–one that hopefully simplifies the process so you are dining on delectable homegrown little gems this summer (and toasting my tutorial). Raspberries are a fruit that rewards you if […]

Green Tomatoes: I’ll Tell You What to Do With Them

Green Tomatoes: I’ll Tell You What to Do With Them

Not sure where my content went. What I was blogging about a year ago: Peach Jam: A Recipe for Preserving Summer

How to Make a Trellis for Your Potted Plants

How to Make a Trellis for Your Potted Plants

Trellis in a pot and some towering support Every year I lose potted plants to freezing temperatures. Like Charlie Brown, I never learn.  Just as Lucy convinces her favorite blockhead that she won’t pull the football away as he runs to kick it, gardening sources […]

Homegrown Postcard: Dahlias by the Bucketful

Homegrown Postcard: Dahlias by the Bucketful

Dahlias, stealing the show, one stem at a time… Dahlias and distractions take center stage today. For once, I’m a loss for words and eager to get outside.  So here’s a little sunshine in a bucket for you as I’m heading out the door to […]

Lilies: How to Make Lily Flowers Last Longer

Lilies: How to Make Lily Flowers Last Longer

Boz and I share a love of lilies; me for its beauty and perfume; Boz for its vertical nature. Lilies, Oh Won’t You Stay Just a Little Bit Longer… August is the month when my garden really goes full-on Victorian, a color explosion of old […]

Garden Tour…or Where the Grass Was Greener

Garden Tour…or Where the Grass Was Greener

I take my hat off (Elmer Fudd wants it back) to any homeowner brave and hardworking enough to participate in a garden tour. For a man who thinks folding clothes is a chore, the idea of maintaining a dandelion free lawn or growing a rose […]

Vermiculture: Tom’s New Can of Worms

Vermiculture: Tom’s New Can of Worms

How to Make a Cheap and Portable Worm Compost Bin Black Gold, Tall Clover Tea: Homegrown worm castings and compost are in your grasp My interest in worms began at an early age when I realized the creatures had special powers; they could make my […]

Why Compost? Glad You Asked.

Why Compost? Glad You Asked.

Seattle leads the nation in home composting, an impressive development thanks to the City of Seattle and King County’s effort to make it easy and almost second nature for residents to do so. According to King County, over 90 percent of single family households can […]

Brambles Gone Wild: How to Remove Blackberries

Brambles Gone Wild: How to Remove Blackberries

How to Remove Blackberries Behold, the Blackberry plant (as interpreted by me) When I moved to Vashon almost seven years ago, my property’s frontage was framed by a field of brambles so thick and impenetrable that I half expected to stumble upon a sleeping beauty […]