Gardening Tips

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.

The Truth About "Drought-Tolerant" Plants

The Truth About "Drought-Tolerant" Plants

Drought tolerant* or low water use* are terms we use often in Northwest gardening. You see them on many of our plant signs and information sheets at Swansons. More so each year, as we recognize the importance of saving water in the face of our region's growing population and potential effects of climate change. Also, we see ever more examples of how beautiful a well-designed, drought-tolerant garden can be! However, this doesn’t mean these plants don’t need water. Read on to learn the truth about helping these plants thrive.

Growing Small Fruits & Berries in the PNW

Growing Small Fruits & Berries in the PNW

Kathy Boullin, a Swansons Nursery expert, recently led a seminar on planting and growing small fruits and berries in the PNW garden. It was such a great discussion about planning, planting, and caring for small fruits and berries that we wanted to share some of her expertise with you here on the blog!

Spring Garden Preparation

Spring Garden Preparation

The end of February through mid-March is the perfect time to start garden preparations for the coming season. The risk of severe frost is low and we get a few days that are pleasant enough to tempt us out into the garden. Pruning, garden cleanup, amending soil, and mulching will get your garden off to a great start for the season.

Living with Moss

Living with Moss

Not many gardeners have a neutral opinion when it comes to moss. Either we love the impossibly green fairyland it evokes on our forest walks and aged garden or we hate the layer of slippery moisture it lays over our roof or patio, and the way it crowd out our showpiece lawn. Both camps recount legends of the virtues or evils of moss. 

Swansons' Staff Favorites: Gardening Tools

Swansons' Staff Favorites: Gardening Tools

We're on the forefront of our planting season and we're eager to get our hands back into the soil. Before we can get our gardens going, we're pulling out our favorite tools. Our tools are our back-saving prized possessions, and we want to tell you about our favorite ones!

Fall And Winter Prep In My Perennial Garden

Fall And Winter Prep In My Perennial Garden

It's hard to believe that after our long, extremely hot summer it's already time to start planning and prepping for the colder seasons. However, nature and the changes in the garden are telling me that it's the time to start the process

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

9 Flowers Blooming Right Now (And Into Fall!)

It's August and what is needed is a little late-summer color to spruce up the garden, even better if the plants continue to bloom well into fall. Luckily, there are plenty of flowers that are in their prime right now and that will keep on blooming into fall or even until frost!

Framed for Murder: Not the Pests You Might suspect

Framed for Murder: Not the Pests You Might suspect

Dear Friend,I am writing to you today to ask your assistance in righting an egregious wrong, which has been foisted on an innocent population for decades — nay, centuries. It's time to set the record straight.