Marianne Binetti

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

Tend to the spring bloomer bulbs | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

July is when spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils and tulips are finally dormant, so this is a good week to lift the dry bulbs and store… Continue reading

Best presents for dads and grads | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

“Here’s an annual review of some of the best new products for Dad’s, grads and anyone that is ready to upgrade their garden maintenance tools.”

Best new plants for lazy gardeners | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of June is time to celebrate all the best plants for Northwest Gardens. It is not too late to start growing vegetables… Continue reading

How to grow clematis this summer | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The beginning of June is the season for clematis, queen of the vines.

Get growing and keep mowing | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Marianne Binetti answers questions, including what to spray if you are an organic gardener.

Get bushels of berries | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

May Day alert! The ground in Western Washington is still cold from the wet spring so wait a few more weeks to plant heat-loving plants… Continue reading