One of the hardworking perennials available at our Plant Sale. This mounding perennial makes the most out of poor soil, is easy to grow (once established} and is deer and rabbit resistant. Butterflies love it! It likes sun, and good drainage, but will tolerant part shade. Beware, though, it spread by stolons and may outgrow … Continue reading
Category Archives: Plant Thoughts
Occasional garden related articles written by club members or guest authors are posted here.
Feb 22 @ 1pm – “Garden Tales”
The topic of the 1pm February 22 CGCofCW meeting will be something very different – “Garden Tales”! Every gardener, new or experienced, young or old, has trod their own special path on the way to becoming a gardener. And along the way each has experienced marvelous successes, sometimes funny failures and absolute surprises. Comes hear … Continue reading
Fall Gardening Tips for the Pacific NorthWest
Ah, its finally cooling off after our long and unusually hot and dry summer. Here are some tips from two of our long time Pacific Northwest garden club members you might find very helpful in your garden. Watering still needed! Be sure to check the moisture content in the soil around the plants growing in … Continue reading
TIDBIT – squash flowers are male & female
Did you know that squash plants produce two sexes of flowers on them, and only the female flowers actually produce edible “fruit”? Here are some pix of a volunteer squash plant’s flowers – on the same vine – female and male. The female flower has the more complex “inards” (pix w. hand), while the male … Continue reading
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs – Great FAQ website!
Just when you thought there was nothing new to know about the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs, a new resource pops up! The Rutger’s new Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station website has a fantastic “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) page about these annoying and invasive pests: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/faq.asp One specific FAQ that caught our eye was the below … Continue reading
“Lasagna Gardening” or “No Dig” primer.
This is a great way to quickly create a raised bed for gardening when you have less than perfect soil. If you have heavy clay soil, like many of us do in the southwest Washington state area, this is an especially useful method to set up your garden beds or plots. (It works for other … Continue reading
They’re baaaaacckk! Slugs on the prowl.
One of our members who lives in Camas (WA, USA) has this message: “The good news is this: my day lilies are up 2 inches and maybe yours are too.” “The bad news is that the slugs are out nibbling. Some pet safe slug bait will work now because they are hungry. I find that … Continue reading