Marianne Binetti

Early spring to do list starts with getting outside

On your to do list this week should be to bait for slugs, plant dahlias, cabbage, radish, spinach, potatoes and other cool season crops, feed… Continue reading

 

Why plant from seed? More choices and lower cost

The second week of April means you still have time to start warm-season flowers and vegetables from seed for setting out into the garden this… Continue reading

 

Grow these five plants for great taste, good health

“It is time to plant cool season crops like peas, radishes, cabbage and lettuce but only if your soil is ‘ready to be worked.’”

 

It’s a good week to head to the garden center

“If you are suffering from spring fever, the cure is as close as your local nursery or garden center.”

It’s time to determine what yardwork you like and dislike

“The first step to a more carefree landscape is to make a list of the problem areas”

Only the brave will work in garden before winter ends

The month of March is for the lion hearted as hints of spring coax gardeners outdoors but only the brave will actually plant, prune and… Continue reading

Now is a good time to clean up garden

You can also start to clean up the soggy or dried stems of plants in the perennial garden.

Now is time to get prune your winter weary plants

The second week of February is time to get outside and prune back roses and the dry brown stems of ornamental grasses.

Kick off to spring party begins Feb. 7

“This is the premiere kick off to spring and lucky for us it is held indoors every February inside Washington State Convention Center.”

Indoor plants are perfect antidote for winter doldrums

Pick a houseplant from Marianne Binetti’s list that will best match your motives and personality.

No excuse to exclude houseplants from indoor life

“Houseplants are growing more popular in our high-tech world as humans feel a greater need to be close to growing things.”

After Christmas, it’s time for the tree to go back outside

Hellebore gift plants can also be placed outside immediately after the holidays.

‘Twas a week before Christmas in Marianne Binetti’s garden

“But wait there’s still time, it’s not Christmas yet, and gardening gifts are the quickest to get.”

Do’s and don’ts for buying poinsettias and hellebores as gifts

The second week of December is time to buy potted poinsettias and hellebores as gift plants.

If it’s a dry day, it’s time to mow and edge the lawn | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of November is when gardeners need to take advantage of any dry days to make a final mowing and edging of the… Continue reading

Tend to your tulips now to ensure a colorful spring garden

“The first week of October is a good time to invest in a beautiful spring.”

Gear up for end-of-September, fall gardening | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The end of September is the time to make plans to protect your plants for the winter.

Secrets for the lazy gardener | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week of September is the time to fertilize the lawn, buy and plant spring blooming bulbs, continue to weed, water and mow and… Continue reading

Can I plant lettuce seeds in September? | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in Lacey “Blooming Bingo” is a chance to win plants and prizes at this benefit for Thurston… Continue reading

August is the month of laurels, larvae and lawn dye | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The middle of August provides a last chance to clip and trim broadleaf evergreen shrubs before winter. In Western Washington the most common evergreens for… Continue reading