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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. 

How to Plant Trees & Shrubs

How to Plant Trees & Shrubs

Now that you’ve picked out some gorgeous plants to begin your escapade into the Mysterious World of Gardening, the first big question arises: “How do I properly plant these to give them a good, healthy start?” The steps described here focus on planting trees and shrubs, but are essentially the same for anything being planted in the ground, including smaller perennials and annuals. 

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.

Creative Screening For Privacy

Creative Screening For Privacy

Everyone likes a little privacy. We want to feel like at least some part of our garden is a private oasis, a place where we can go to relax and leave the cares of the world behind. That doesn't necessarily mean building a fortress of walls around your yard. In fact, there are many creative options for privacy screening.

How to Plant a Tomato

How to Plant a Tomato

Tomato season is upon us and after deciding which tomatoes to grow, they need to be planted! For this project, we chose a Brandywine heirloom tomato to plant into a container, but the steps also work for planting tomatoes into a garden bed.

Planning & Planting the Autumn Garden

Planning & Planting the Autumn Garden

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.

Planting A Boxwood Hedge With #heyswansons

Planting A Boxwood Hedge With #heyswansons

What do you do when your unruly rose bed needs something a little formal to rein it in and give it year-round appeal? Alexandra Hedin reached out to us at #heyswansons for some help, and documented the creation of her new boxwood hedge in a fabulous how-to video!

Choosing The Best Spot For Your Edible Garden

Choosing The Best Spot For Your Edible Garden

Interested in building a new vegetable garden this year or expanding your existing one?  Now is a great time to start planning. The first thing you need to decide is where the garden is going to located. Thinking through the entire process and taking the time to make a plan in advance will prevent you from making mistakes that could affect the productivity and beauty of your garden.