I’ll let you in on a little gardener’s secret: late summer through early autumn is the perfect time for many kinds of garden projects, including incorporating edibles into the landscape. We are so lucky in the Pacific Northwest to be able to grow veggies nearly year-round. There are a wide variety of cool-season veggies for autumn and early-spring harvest and now is the best time to plant perennial edibles like berries as well.
Edible plants are a great way to introduce your kids to the wonderful world of gardening. They’re colorful, fast growing, and delicious! It’s exciting for kids to see fruits and vegetables sprout and grow in their own garden (some, like Brussels sprouts, look very different in the garden than on the dinner plate!) I’ve also noticed that kids are often more adventurous about trying a new vegetable when they have grown it themselves. Here are a few tips to make creating an edible garden a fun and successful family endeavor!
February is "Bare-Root" season at Swansons and this means now is the best time to find an extensive selection of fruit trees and flowering ornamental trees and shrubs, all at a great discount during our Early Spring Sale. Many of the varieties of fruit trees and berries that we have in stock now won't be available later in the year!
The main site of the UW Farm is tucked away behind the Center for Urban Horticulture, an agrarian oasis in the midst of Husky stadium, U Village and the bustling UW campus. If you walk through, you will find rows and rows of carefully planted vegetables, a growing permaculture section and a student-designed shed and composting area.
This spring, Swansons Nursery launched the "Grow With Us” project to help people get the most out of their garden spaces. This free, online service offers personalized plant ideas, tips, and advice from our seasoned pros to help make your garden projects a success. We see it as a natural extension of what we already do for our customers here at the Nursery.
After winding down NW Blue Ridge Drive for what seems like forever, I pull up in front of my assigned meeting place with Amy Pennington, cook, writer, blogger, TV personality and edible gardener extraordinaire. I follow the sounds of laughter-filled chatter up the stairs and into the back garden, where I am met with a spectacular view: beautiful ornamental landscaping blending harmoniously with an edible garden of raised beds at the height of the property, with sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Olympics. It is a tapestry of blues and greys on this overcast morning.
While heading outside to do a little weeding on a recent sunny day I decide to check out my currant bushes. Two years ago I planted one bush each of red, white and black currants and I expect this year I’ll have a nice big crop. What the heck!?! The leaves had been chewed on and in some cases only the leaf stem and veins were left!
It is fall at Wychwood with the beautiful autumn colours in all their glory. It will be quite a change to come home to see how my spring bulbs have grown. Yesterday was a busy day in the garden and when I leave I'll miss being able to do chores in my shorts and tank top. Peter had moved the grass the evening before so obviously the nocturnal Wallabies seem to have enjoyed munching on the grass clippings and leaving their calling cards (which I raked up!)