Marianne Binetti

It’s time to plant those cool season crops | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

If you are looking for more color than consider filling the gaps in your garden with perennial plants for come-back color year after year.

Weed, feed, tend to shrub borders | Marianne Binetti

The third week in April is a good time to weed, feed and add plants to your perennial or shrub borders. Every weed you pull in April can mean thousands fewer weed seeds to deal with during the summer.

Great lawn, landscaping doesn’t require lots of water | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here are 5 Dirt Cheap Garden Tips that you can bank on:

It’s April, but don’t be fooled into planting sensitive plants yet | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

April is a good month for planting trees, shrubs, roses, perennial plants such as hosta and rock garden plants as well as hardy sedums and succulents and cool season vegetables.

Tips for gardening in dry shade | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here in Western Washington we have an abundance of evergreen trees and lots of shade. Add to this our plentiful overcast days and many gardeners struggle to add color to areas of dry shade.

Gardening answers for beginners | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Here’s the most asked questions from beginning vegetable gardeners – read them and reap.

Feed the lawn to stop the moss | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Feeding the lawn in early spring helps the winter weary lawn to wake up and compete with the moss.

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.