Spring

How To Grow Peas

How To Grow Peas

Peas are always one of the first vegetables I plant in the spring. As soon as there's a sunny day in late February or March, I bundle up and head out to the garden to sow snap and shelling peas along trellises in my raised beds.

Why We Garden, Reason #12 (and a half)

Why We Garden, Reason #12 (and a half)

So I confess I was a bit surprised when I stumbled across a great article about the virtues of the dandelion, written by Saara Nafici of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Brooklyn? you say. I know, right? When I think of Brooklyn, I think concrete jungle, not meadows of wildflowers (It's okay, Seattle, our designer chickens are still designery-er than theirs).

Spring Pruning Pt. 2: Thinning

Spring Pruning Pt. 2: Thinning

Last post, I explained the basics of heading back. Now let's look at a quick spring thinning of that beefy magnolia I mentioned before, and other ornamental trees and shrubs (examples: Japanese maple, snowbell, rhododendron, camellia, etc.). If there is a “secret” to thinning trees and shrubs to look their best, it would be this...

6 Essential Steps for a Successful Vegetable Garden

6 Essential Steps for a Successful Vegetable Garden

It’s officially mid-April and you haven’t started your vegetable garden yet. Don’t panic! There’s still plenty of time, whether you are starting from scratch or a veteran urban farmer, here are 6 essential steps to help you create a successful veggie garden.

Spring Pruning: What Should I Do?

Spring Pruning: What Should I Do?

It’s spring already and you’ve got a garden full of healthy trees, shrubs, perennials and vines going crazy! They need pruning to keep from taking over the neighborhood, but you heard that winter and summer are the better seasons to prune. You want to know what you can do right now. Does any of this sound familiar? Then you’ve come to the right place.