Marianne Binetti

July is hydrangea season | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The middle of July is when hydrangeas usually start to bloom in Western Washington – but this summer the big, ball blooms of hydrangeas were showing color months ahead of schedule and many local gardeners had bushels of hydrangea blooms by the beginning of June.

Watch your watering through warmer summer weather | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

You must water more often when the weather warms up and roots fill the soil and demand more to eat and drink.

Time to prune those flowers and veggies | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

If you cut back early to bloom perennials now you’ll be rewarded with a second flush of flowers.

Add some new color to your garden this summer | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

The third week of June is the start of the summer season and if your landscape is looking a bit dull with the end of the spring rhododendron and azalea show, it may be time to add more flash and foliage to the garden.

Get the rest of your crops in the ground | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

By the middle of June you can finally plant all your warm season crops into the garden.

Ready your rose bushes now for a scented summer | THE COMPLEAT HOME GARDENER

I’ll promise you a rose garden if you remember that these superstars of the flower garden demand plenty to eat and drink and if you read and heed the answers below from the most-asked, rose-growing questions.

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.