Marianne Binetti

Let’s clear the air: resolve to grow more house plants

Indoor plants will give off oxygen and reduce CO2, effectively cleaning the air your family breaths.

‘Tis the season for Christmas trees (and no spiders)

With the holiday season here, readers wonder about trees, insects and keeping things fresh.

Garden gifts make the world a better place

Gardening is the only activity that fulfills all five senses, is good for your health (all that fresh air and exercise), your wealth (fresh produce… Continue reading

Late November is time to tackle your fall field goals

There are plenty of outdoor chores that can be done now and will show results in the spring.

Give thanks, you’re a gardener in Western Washington

Happy Thanksgiving! Time to celebrate all that is great about gardening and our beautiful native plants. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and… Continue reading

There’s still time to celebrate fall color by adding a maple

November is a great time to celebrate fall color— not too late to move a tree or plant a new one.

Summer bloomers can’t handle our winter weather

Cut back your summer-blooming annuals or just pull them and toss into the compost pile

Plants in pots, shrubs in tubs solve outdoor problems

Planting hardy, woody shrubs into large containers can help solve a tubful of landscape problems.

Time to start checking fall garden chores off the to-do list

Fertilize the lawn with a fall/winter food, plant spring bulbs, rake leaves and divide perennials.

Here’s the scoop on raising healthy, happy hydrangeas

Harvesting hydrangea blooms and cutting back perennials is the exception to “no fall pruning” rule.

Plant bulbs now, dream of a blooming spring

Our climate is perfect for growing spring-flowering bulbs requiring a cool winter before bloom.

A change of season brings a new crop of garden questions

Check trees, shrubs for tent caterpillars, pick up apples to prevent pests, keep harvesting veggies.

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