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Ask the Gardener: What and When Do I Plant to Bloom for a July Garden Wedding?

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Thank you to our Ask the Gardener sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. Greetings Carina! It’s hard to think ahead to warm weather, but what can I plant soon that will be in bloom for a July 20 wedding in my garden? Thank you! Lynne Hi Lynne. Telling a plant to…

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Ask the Gardener: To Grow Great Apples, Talk to the Pros in Puyallup

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer, September 17, 2012, 1:15 p.m. Dear Carina, One of the reasons I look forward to autumn is that I am an apple lover. I’ve planted a few varieties of apple trees, only to be disappointed to find them infested with bugs. If they aren’t full of critters, then they seem…

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Ask the Gardener: Creating Texture

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Hi Carina. When I visit nurseries it’s easy for me to see plants I like, but I struggle to arrange them in a way that is pretty. The result always looks jumbled and haphazard. Can you give me a few planting guidelines? Thanks so much, Robin Hi Robin. Texture is…

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Ask the Gardener: Who’s Been Eating My Strawberries?!

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Dear Carina, Many of the seeds I’ve sown this year in my vegetable garden have emerged, only to stop growing, and finally just peter out completely. I know the weather was cool early on, but my guess is something else is going on. Any ideas? Thanks in advance, Olive  …

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Ask the Gardener: How Do I Get the Hydrangea Blues?

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Hello Carina, My hydrangeas are pink. I’ve heard I can make them turn blue. How? Thank you! Lucia Hi Lucia! The color of a hydrangea is related to the amount of aluminum in the soil. Plants can absorb aluminum more readily when the soil is acidic. In the Pacific Northwest,…

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Ask the Gardener: Slug-Proof Plants?

by Carina Langstraat June 8, 2012 11:14 a.m. Lucky for us, Carina has been sharing her landscape design expertise on Inside Bainbridge since last fall. Now you can ask her your garden/design questions in her new column Ask the Gardener. Carina’s and her husband Erik’s Landscape-Architecture Design firm Langstraat-Wood has been creating landscapes in the…

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Friendly Forsythia Forcing

by Carina Langstraat March 13, 2012 In January my youngest daughter turned six. As a birthday gift, our neighbor and fellow gardener, Irmgard, delivered an armload of cut forsythia branches in full bloom. They graced our kitchen table for two weeks before the fiery yellow blossoms began to dry. Last month my florist friend, TJ,…

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