Marianne Binetti

Dishing the dirt on soil | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Time to educate yourself and ask questions before you purchase topsoil for landscape or lawn renovation projects.

Think of the pollinators when planting | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Pollinators include birds, bees, butterflies and moths that all need the nectar of flowers this time of year for the energy it takes to pollinate the plants and keep us humans alive.

Get your garden ready for spring! | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

This is also a good week to check your overwintering geraniums, dahlia tubers and begonia corms to make sure they aren’t drying out.

Five spring gardening renovation tips | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Garden renovation is a lot like de-cluttering your indoor space with a fresh look and clean sweep of the overgrown, overdone and overwhelming plants and design elements in your outdoor space.

Now is the time to start planning for spring planting | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The end of January and beginning of February means it is time to dig in and start planning and planting.

A bird feeder backlash | A COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week of January is when the birds most appreciate homeowners that keep the feeders filled. But is it necessary to feed our native birds with seed?

A primer for healthy houseplants | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Want to breathe easier? Add some houseplants to your indoor rooms. Living plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen and many varieties add the benefit of removing pollutants from the air as the produce oxygen.

Make your gardening resolutions now | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Make 2015 the year you improve your home, your garden and your mindset. Just dig in and keep growing.

A Christmas gardening poem | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

T’was the week before Christmas, and all through the yard, not a gift was given, not even a card...

A last-minute gift guide for gardeners | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Gardeners are easy to gift, even at the last minute. You don’t need to search for a parking space in a crowded mall, log onto Amazon or bother UPS and pay for shipping.

Winter color: Poinsettias, hellebores and amaryllis | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Indoor plants also improve air quality and mental health. Plus, some indoor plants like hellebores can be planted out into the garden or bulbs like amaryllis can be regrown for years of blooms.

Make the most of your winter storm debris | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

From plant protection to Christmas decoration there’s a lot of good things you can do with storm debris.

Gardening tips gathered froma trip to the Old Country | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here are a few ideas to steal from our recent tour of Sicily, a sun- drenched island sitting off the south toe of Italy.

Be thankful we garden in Western Washington | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

This week, consider what gardeners in other parts of the country must deal with and take a moment to bow down to Washington.

No better time than now to start a compost heap | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

November is the start of the winter season and time to put the garden to bed.

Use trees and shrubs to provide food for birds this winter | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here are some of the trees and shrubs that will provide a natural food source for the birds this winter.

Time to consider NOT buying birdseed for the winter | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The Natural Wildlife Federation and other naturalist agree that food for wild life should come from native sources. This means adding more trees and shrubs with berries and seeds as a winter food source and not using seed to fill a bird feeder.

Decorate your home for the season with the plants of fall | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

An inexpensive way to decorate your home or porch for the change in seasons is to harvest all your squash, apples, corn, tomatoes, peppers and other produce and display your garden bounty in a basket or tray.

Time to get your tender plants ready to survive the winter | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Now is the time to dig and store tender bulbs such as canna and dahlias, move any houseplants back indoors and try your hand with lady luck when it comes to being a gambling gardener.

The top 10 ‘must-do’s’ for Western Washington gardens | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Tackle these fall chores now and you’ll score more yardage with these October field goals.