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August in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Madronas Dropping Their Leaves Madronas are one of the few trees that drop their leaves at the end of July and early August. If you aren’t prepared for this, it’s common to believe the tree is in distress, which can then lead to valiant efforts to “save” the tree by…

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July in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer Spring delivers a rich visual return on the gardener’s investment, but July and August are a different matter altogether. If you don’t put some effort into sustaining action, things will peter out much earlier than they need to. Part of the reason the spring garden is independently active is due to…

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June in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer In the Essential Earthman, Henry Mitchell writes, “I always warn myself (with very little result) against the beauty of the late May early June garden, which can overpower and unbalance the rest of the year—to say nothing of the gardener.” I couldn’t agree more, but have decided to give myself…

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May in the Garden: Sow Veggies, Fertilize Rhodies & Plant Dahlia Bulbs

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer May’s warming temperatures and rain create the perfect storm for weeds. But if you need a break from staying ahead of the invaders, here are a few enjoyable alternatives that will make you feel more like a gardener than a weed whacker. Sow Veggies During the first half of the month,…

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April in the Garden: Fertilize Now, But Wait to Plant Those Annuals

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer It’s Time to Fertilize Your plants are now waking up and in need of nutrition so they are well-prepared for all the work that lies ahead of them this growing season. A lot of folks like the slow release fertilizers, but those are sometimes too slow for me. I find that…

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March in the Garden: Revive, Divide and Stop and Smell the Sarcococca

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Last month I directed readers to prune their fruit trees. Not one to give advice I don’t follow myself, I punctiliously headed off to our orchard with my Felcos and folding hand saw in an attempt to continue the process I began last year of bringing our old, neglected orchard back…

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February in the Garden? Early Birds Reap the Finest Flowers and Fruit

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer [This article from the archives originally appeared February 1, 2013.] As I write this, I look out my window and can’t deny that nothing has changed in my garden for the last month. Perhaps certain sword ferns are laying a bit flatter than they were in December, and my ornamental grasses…

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November in the Garden? There’s Plenty to Do for Die Hards

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Thank you to our In the Garden sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. Even the most enthusiastic of gardeners welcome the late fall and winter months as a chance to sit by the fire, flip through the seed catalogs, and generally rest from the physical demands of their garden. If you…

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October in the Garden: Protect Your Beds and Seed that Lawn

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer October is the time to protect your garden with a green cover crop and leaf mulch; seed your lawn; plant garlic; and hold off on pruning your hydrangeas and ornamental grasses. Plant Your “Green Manure” Green manure is the term used to describe protecting your garden soil with a living plant,…

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September in the Garden: Shepherd Your Yard into Fall

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer September is historically one of the best weather months in the Pacific Northwest. It has a high likelihood of being payback time for the cool June we shivered through. Still, our gardens are tipping us off to the rhythms of fall, with the plants showing signs of getting just plain…

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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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