Marianne Binetti

Now’s the time to force your garden into an early spring | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

You can smell the fragrance and enjoy the color of an early spring this month at the Tacoma Home and Garden show that runs Jan. 28 – 31.

if you can’t have a pet, try one of these substitutes from the plant world | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

"Plants are easily house trained by slipping a saucer under the pot."

Tips to get your garden ready for spring | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of January may feel like the dark days of winter but the days are getting longer and spring is on the way.

A year’s worth of gardening resolutions | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

This January resolve to add these monthly reminders to your calendar.

Resolve to add some color to your outdoor spaces | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The end of December and the start of the New Year means it is time to consider change and resolutions.

Support a ‘growth industry’ this gifting season | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The first week of December is when holiday gift plants appear as the easy and practical solution for Christmas, hostess and personal gifts. So what plant is best to give?

Holiday reading gift ideas for the gardener in your life | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

This year consider getting lost in another time by reading some gardening classics, become inspired by trying a new garden magazine or fall hopelessly in love with a plant you discover on the pages of a garden catalog.

Time for gardeners to give thanks | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Gardeners in Western Washington can adapt an attitude of gratitude each time they look outdoors and enjoy the reason we call this the Evergreen State.

Get your garden – and tools – ready for winter | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of November is a good time to put the garden and your garden tools to bed.

Time to protect those tender bulbs | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The beginning of November is your last chance to save tender bulbs and plants that need winter protection.

Take home tips from Italian gardens | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

We recently returned from exploring the gardens near Bellagio on Lake Como (the real Bellagio, not the Vegas imitation) and Stresa on Lake Maggiore.

Sweep out those spiders and add some fall color to your garden | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Spiders are good for the garden and using a broom to collect them means you can wipe the mother spiders along with their egg sacs onto tree trunks or shrubs in the landscape

It’s already time to start getting ready for spring | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week of October is still a good time to plant spring blooming bulbs, add trees and shrubs to the landscape and to dig and divide overgrown perennials such as daylilies and hosta.

Time to hunt for slugs and other October tips | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The second week of October is a good time to search out and destroy newly laid slug eggs, especially while planting bulbs or harvesting from the vegetable garden.

Plant your bulbs now to develop roots | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Planting bulbs in October will give them the time they need to develop roots before winter arrives.

Plant your trees and tulips while the soil is still warm | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Fall is best for planting trees and shrubs because the soil is still warm from the summer encouraging new root growth but the autumn rains mean you can let nature take over your watering chores.

Time to harvest all or your summer veggies | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

It is harvest time in the vegetable garden so keep picking ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash. Share fresh produce with your local food bank if you’re lucky enough to have a bumper crop.

Get your lawn ready now for next spring | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The big advantage of doing these chores in the fall rather than spring is that the soil is already warm and ready to encourage new root growth and after such a dry summer the slug and snail population should be less damaging to tender young transplants.

Time to harvest veggies, celebrate color | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The last week in August is time to harvest squash, tomatoes and beans, cut back perennials such as daisies and daylilies.

Don’t fall behind on bloomin’ summer | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here are more tips for keeping specific flowers producing until the first fall frost: