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From Flower to Fruit: The Mysteries of Apple Pollination

From Flower to Fruit: The Mysteries of Apple Pollination

Apple trees are great additions to any yard or garden, providing a source of food for bees, birds, wildlife and us! There’s nothing like the joy of watching your tree bloom in the spring, expectantly waiting for the fruit to ripen, and finally eating an apple freshly picked off your tree. The topic of pollination, however, can be confusing, so let’s review the basics.

The Bare Necessities: Everything You Need To Know About Bare Root

The Bare Necessities: Everything You Need To Know About Bare Root

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!

Winter Pruning Tips

Winter Pruning Tips

Winter is a fine time to prune many trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Arguably, it's the best time, as you can more easily see the "bones" of the garden, worry less about damaging smaller, neighboring plants, and it gets you out of the house to do something physical. 

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

2018 was definitely a busy year at Swansons! We wrote about many of our adventures on our blog, with topics ranging from planting a pollinator garden in the parking lot, to visiting a food forest in Bothell, to raising backyard chickens. As 2018 comes to a close, we thought we’d share some of our favorite blog posts from the year with you. We hope they can inspire you and guide you in your own gardening adventures!

A Food Forest Grows in Bothell

A Food Forest Grows in Bothell

An emerging idea as we blur the boundaries between ornamental and food gardening is the Food Forest. A project garnering recent attention is the Cascadia College (CC) Food Forest, on the campus shared by Cascadia and the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). It is one of a few but growing number of college campuses in the U.S. which are maintained using sustainable practices and without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Using Fruit Netting For Better Harvests

Using Fruit Netting For Better Harvests

Fruit tree netting is something I had never used or considered using until this year. I had experimented with nylon apple maggot barriers before with moderate success, but their application is quite labor and time intensive. Now that I have tried tree netting I will never go back.