Marianne Binetti

Time to plant those cool season crops like lettuce, peas and kale | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

"But the soil is still too wet and cold for planting the heat loving seeds of nasturtiums, tomatoes, peppers and squash."

Test for moisture before planting | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

"Early spring is here and for some gardeners that means it is time to plant seed – but planting seed this early will not work in every garden."

Fertilize now for healthy lawns | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

In Western Washington moss often moves in after a wet winter but rather than killing the moss, concentrate on encouraging the grass.

Save the pollinators, save the world | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

March is the month to scan your own landscape for early flowers – not a lot of blooms? Then get thee to a nursery and add new plants in bloom now to provide an early food source for the desperate birds, bees and butterflies.

Have you considered adding a Hellebore to your garden? | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here are six facts about Hellebores that may convince you to invest in these heavenly plants.

Time to get those peas pre-sprouted and ready to go | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

It is still too early to plant other cool-season crops like lettuce unless you have a hoop house or cold frame that protects new seedlings from the weather.

Five ways to win the War on Weeds | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

"If weeds are the biggest worry in your garden, then relax and remember that weeds are Mother Nature’s way of getting you outdoors and exercising."

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.