There were so many great blog posts on Digging Deeper in 2017 that it was hard to pick our favorites, but here is a selection of 10 posts that were entertaining, informative, and helpful. Enjoy!
Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Pacific Northwest. We're fortunate to have spectacular scenery around us, and the beginnings of the rainy season bring back the bright hues of green, but sometimes our container gardens begin to feel a little flat after the colorful flowers of summer have faded. Not to worry, there are many plants that will thrive as the weather cools and offer you dynamic container gardens that will hold up all winter (even through frost)!
Fiddle leaf figs are the darlings of the design world and for good reason! Their large, architectural leaves make a dramatic statement, offering a modern accent to homes and offices. While the fig may have the reputation of being a bit of a prima donna, if you follow some basic guidelines, you and your fig can have a long and productive relationship.
Compost. Real gardeners love the stuff. It adds and preserves air space, moisture, and nutrients, and fosters the web of life in the root zone. It improves soil fertility and structure. And it does it all by reusing “waste” material. What’s not to love?
Kids well know the glowing excitement of watching a bee go about its business flower to flower in the sunshine. And hopefully, most adults out there haven’t forgotten the feeling, either. Being a steward of mason bees is a special opportunity to watch these busy creatures transform your yard-scape into one of balance and bounty.
We want to help all our fellow gardeners get going as soon as possible to get the most out of this gardening season. Despite the cold and wet weather, now is a great time to plant! Keep reading to make sure you’re prepared to start your garden project.
I'd like to share my observations about some of my favorite roses, which I currently enjoy both in the garden and in bouquets at home. The first rose I planted was 'Altissimo' because I thought it best to start with a red rose. By autumn of that year, I was sold on roses. The rose grew about 6 feet, had large deep red flowers that continued to bloom all summer, a moderate fragrance and large hips of a glowing orange suitable for fall bouquets.
The environment the plant is in indoors will determine whether the plant will have the opportunity to thrive and flourish. The "secret" to successfully caring for indoor plants is to mimic the same conditions as their natural habitat. Adequate light is the most important environmental factor in successfully growing plants in our homes.