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Best Watering Practices for Your Northwest Garden

Best Watering Practices for Your Northwest Garden

Do you know what the No. 1 cause of poor health or death of plants (especially new plantings) is? It's not disease. Not unexpected freezes. Not mistakes made during planting. Watering, you say??? Aww, you looked at the title of the post — yes, it's insufficient or incorrect watering. These living organisms you've just planted can be delicate and demanding, and neglecting their water needs, even briefly, can undo all your hard work getting them planted.

Swansons' Autumn Project, Part Two: Our New Parking Strip

Swansons' Autumn Project, Part Two: Our New Parking Strip

Last time we reviewed the basics of planning a large planting project, from checking the availability of light and water (Step One: Evaluate Your Space) to determining your gardening style and how much you can accomplish with your budget (Step Two: Make a Plan). This week it's time for Step Three! Let's look at what we did here at Swansons to advance our Autumn Project: revamping our parking strip.

Swansons' Autumn Project, Part One: The Planning Stages

Swansons' Autumn Project, Part One: The Planning Stages

September is Autumn Project Month at Swansons Nursery and we know that early autumn is the best time to tackle those planting projects you've been meaning to do. The air and soil are still warm but the rains are coming - a perfect balance for new and transplanted plants to grow, become established before winter, and thrive next year and beyond. We've been busy helping you with your autumn projects and now we're doing one of our own.

Fifty Shades of... Well, Shade

Fifty Shades of... Well, Shade

Your Attention Please: the Puget Sound region has shady areas. We Northwesterners want to garden, shade or no shade. We try to garden under lots of really big trees, on the north sides of the ever-increasing quantities of tall buildings, and in the shadows of a host of other structures.

Yikes! What’s Eating My Plants?

Yikes! What’s Eating My Plants?

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!

Exciting News! The 'Grow With Us' Project Has Now Launched

Exciting News! The 'Grow With Us' Project Has Now Launched

Here at Swansons, we have been busy thinking about ways to better share our expertise with gardeners of all levels. We are as excited as you are about your garden projects, so we have created an innovative new way to connect, offer advice and ideas, and share your success. After much behind-the-scenes planning, we are thrilled to announce our newest endeavor: the 'Grow With Us' project!