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.

Read More

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.

Read More

HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A BEAUTIFUL GARDEN CONTAINER

by Jenny Mandt, Owner, Garden
Coaching Solutions

I love this quote: Half the interest of a garden is in the constant exercise of the imagination”. ~Mrs. C. W. Earle. It is also so pertinent to this month’s topic – container gardening. There are many choices you can put into that new, shiny ceramic pot that you just got as a gift or purchased at a store.

Read More