Marianne Binetti

Talking herbs: When and where to plant | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The end of May is a good time to add herbs to the landscape and enjoy these fragrant, tasteful and useful plants as part of a low water use landscape or edible garden.

Time to get some of those vegetables in the ground | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week of May is when you may be tempted to plant everything into your vegetable garden, and it is true that tomatoes, squash, beans and basil will survive if planted into the ground in mid May.

Paint your garden with the colors of flowers | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Combining colors in a container garden is a lot like painting a picture and many of our most famous artists have been gardeners as well.

Let’s talk tomatoes and slugs | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

Every spring many people ask the first two questions about tomatoes and slugs.

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...