JENNY’S GARDEN TIPS: Aggh! What fertilizer do I buy?

We are all optimistic that the soil that we have in our gardens will do the job we ask of it – grow beautiful, healthy plants.  But really most soils in Seattle don’t provide the basic nutrients for growth.  As plants grow, they need to absorb nutrients and leave the soil less fertile or heavy rains wash them away.  By applying fertilizer, you are putting back the lost nutrients to ensure that your produce and flowers will be bountiful in the future.

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DO’S + DONT’S IN TAKING CARE OF HOUSEPLANTS

I’ve written a lot about outdoor plants over the past couple of years but wanted to write about houseplants for a change.  Since the weather is getting cooler and wetter, some of us fair weather gardeners are putting our gardens to bed and won’t have much to do with them until spring.  Now is a great time to start giving attention to your houseplants. 

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JENNY’S GARDEN TIPS

WHAT TO PLANT FOR IMPACT IN 2018

by Jenny Mandt, Owner, Garden Coaching Solutions

“In a bulb there is a flower, in a seed an apple tree…” is a song about planting today to reap the rewards tomorrow. Why not plant something now that will make your garden shine next year? With a little planning, digging, and effort the results will be worth it. First thing is to check out your soil. Is it a hard as a rock, sandy, grey and lifeless looking? This should be corrected before you plant anything. New or divided plants, shrubs or trees will need fertile, well-draining soil in order to thrive. Adding soil building compost can really boost nutrition in lifeless soil.

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