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!
After my garden goes to sleep in the fall I look forward to the approach of winter. Tucked among the ferns are some of my favorite winter blooming perennials: hellebores. I love seeing the evergreen leaves throughout the year and excitedly wait for flowers to emerge during a season when there is little else in bloom.
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!
Often, we just don’t have sufficient light indoors to make our plants the happiest they can be. The plants we fall in love with are not always the ones that are well-suited to the spaces we want to put them in, unfortunately. If this sounds all too familiar, then you're in the right place. Let's talk about what I've learned about the plants that are best for low light (most are low maintenance, too)!
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!
The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it's gotta go. Here are 7 ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-&-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching-protecting thing of wonder this year, courtesy of our friends at Horticultural Magazine.