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This week, consider what gardeners in other parts of the country must deal with and take a moment to bow down to Washington.
November is the start of the winter season and time to put the garden to bed.
Here are some of the trees and shrubs that will provide a natural food source for the birds this winter.
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.
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.
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.
Tackle these fall chores now and you’ll score more yardage with these October field goals.
As September ends the bulb planting season begins, as does tomato harvesting and leaf raking.
There are many new plants and products out there but these products deserve three green thumbs up because they deliver what they promise.
The middle of September marks the start of the fall gardening season but you also need to keep spring blooms in mind.
The most important time to feed a lawn in Western Washington is September and October.
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You can start cleaning up the summer garden by cutting back perennials past their prime and pulling any weeds that have sneaked into garden beds.
August is also a good time of year to dig, divide or transplant early summer perennials like iris, poppies and pulmonaria or lungwart
If the soil is dry in August you’ll have fewer rhododendron blooms in May.
Summer travel means you can glean gardening tips from all over the world. This summer we led a tour that included a river cruise on the Danube.
Most hanging baskets will need water every day by mid-summer, sometimes twice a day if the weather is very warm.
Cut back delphiniums, Shasta daisies and leggy petunias now.
In the vegetable garden you can still plant seeds of beets, bush beans, carrots and chard as well as crops with shorter growing season.
Beginning this week, the Renton Reporter will begin running Marianne Binetti’s gardening column in the paper and on our website. We are excited to offer you this new feature.