Marianne Binetti

Cooler weather means it’s time to dig into new projects

The crisp days of September-October: best time to build a new deck, add a patio or create new beds.

 

Snap up spring-blooming bulbs at fall’s bargain prices

Beautiful bulbs are available at garden centers and nurseries.

 

All hail the hardy hibiscus, with its numerous varieties

In late summer, when lawns and gardens are fading, the hibiscus comes to the rescue.

 

Celebrate your harvest by sharing with others

Enjoy the tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and squash that are ready for the table.

Trim hanging baskets, get a bounty of blooms

Petunias, verbenas and begonias, oh my! Time to trim these plants; the reward a bounty of new blooms

In search of brilliant blooms without a lot of water

Plants that survive without daily water can include most trees, shrubs and many perennials.

Water deeply, but less often, to keep your lawn green

Or, just follow the practice of many homeowners and opt for a “golden” approach.

Make your home happier with hydrangeas

The last week of July means you can continue to harvest fruits and vegetables, deadhead faded blooms from perennials and annuals and pay close attention… Continue reading

The Northwest becoming obsessed with hydrangeas

The third week of July belongs to hydrangeas. These long-blooming, shade-tolerant shrubs are my personal favorites. I don’t just have hydrangeas in pots, hydrangeas in… Continue reading

Questions, answers for summertime gardening

The second week of July is the time to renew groundcovers by shearing them back and applying a mulch. Trim azaleas that have finished blooming… Continue reading

I may never be stressed when looking at a tree

The first week of July is a good time to get snippy, harvest, feed and weed. You’ll also need to mow, trim and water as… Continue reading

There are many reasons to visit farmers markets

Marianne Binetti will appear from 11:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Auburn Farmers Market at Les Gove Park, 1140 Auburn Way… Continue reading

Seven secrets for growing stunning succulents

The second week of June is not too late to plant some food. You can visit the garden center for potted tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and… Continue reading

It’s time to mow, plant and prune — then mow some more

It is a good week to plant geraniums, petunias and other annuals.

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