Monthly Archives: June 2009

Consider a Drought-Tolerant Garden

There are many plants that will grow in Pacific Northwest Garden zone 8 that are fairly drought tolerant when they are established plants.  Some are native plants, while others are not, but all produce lovely flowers in season and add … Continue reading

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Happy Summer Solstice!

I hope you get to spend some time today out in your favorite garden, enjoying the plants on this first day of summer!

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Chitting Curcurbit Seeds For Better Germination

I have had pretty good luck growing pumpkin and winter squash, and terrible luck the last couple of years growing cucumbers.  I want some cukes this year, so I decided to try some techniques that Steve Solomon advises in his … Continue reading

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Planting Tomatoes

The weather is being cooperative here in Garden zone 8, and thus I am beginning to get the tomato plants into their respective beds.  This is how I do it: I weed the bed and redig it I then add … Continue reading

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First Swallowtail of the Summer!

I saw a beautiful Swallowtail butterfly flitting through the roses yesterday. Nice to have them back again.  I’m also seeing a lot of dragonflies in the garden as well.

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Working At The Farmers’ Market Today

If you are fortunate enough to have a farmers’ market where you live, I encourage you to go and check it out!  It offers you a great way to purchase some of your food from local growers, and it helps … Continue reading

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Delphinium Summer

The delphiniums are in full bloom right now.  They are particularly striking when paired with the roses, with the cool blues and purples of the delphiniums contrasting nicely with the full, plump pinks, reds  and yellows of the roses. All … Continue reading

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Roses Supreme

The roses are in full bloom right now.  I have a particularly nice combination on the front stoop of the house.  There are columns that are completely covered with a wonderful Old Garden rambling rose named ‘Phylis Bide.’  This rose … Continue reading

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