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Are Arborvitae able to be shaped this time of year. In addition, when is the best time to shape dwarf boxwood. ~Anonymous October 18, 2016, Seattle, WA Firstly, as a graduate of the Master Pruner Seminar Series at Plant Amnesty, I feel obligated to advise against...read more
Sword ferns Polystichum munitum are a native plant here in the Pacific NW. They are extremely hardy with an expansive root system making them indespensible in soil stabilization projects. A usually evergreen fern that integrate nicely into modern and rustic...read more
Biochar is charcoal that is made from renewable carbon-based resources (i.e. biomass) like crops, wood, yard waste, and manure. This biomass is burned at high temperatures in an anerobic environment to create the charcoal. Biochar has proven to be an extremely...read more
Just how does this product work against Garden Symphylans? ~Customer October 18, 2016. "Animal-based amendments include chitin-containing crab shells and shrimp shells that apparently stimulate populations of soil-dwelling fungi that feed on chitin. Because chitin is...read more
Mulching for Winter with Straw – one bale will be great for 100 to 200 square feet plot. Last year we put two bales on our 200 s.f. plot but have stretched one bale over this area. We usually move the bale into an open spot in the planting bed and cut it open. Then loosen the sheaves and tuck it around over-wintering crops. I’m guessing this ends up being around 3-6 inches deep (loose and fluffed up).read more
Recently received an email from a customer that was inquiring about amending the soil for her roses with oyster shell. Here is my reply (looking for other thoughts here): "Yes, Oyster Shell Flour (or crushed oyster shell) adds calcium and helps raise soil pH. ...read more
Question: How many square feet of bed space will a one cubic foot bag of biochar cover? Answer: 10 to 20 square feet would be about...read more
Keep the lady bugs refrigerated until dusk (they are less likely to fly away). Mix the packet of beneficial insect food with 1 pint water (even better if water is non-chlorinated...you can let tap water stand for a while and the chlorine...read more
Get your favorite gardener something they will really use this year. Walt’s Rainy Pacific North West Blend Organic Fertilizer: Give their garden a boost with this 7-4-9 all-purpose organic fertilizer. Great for veggies and ornamentals a like. If your gardener is a...read more
(In no particular Order) Fish Meal: We’ve all heard the story of Squanto teaching the Pilgrims how to grow maize with Fish. Fish meal keeps with that tradition. A great slow release fertilizer best added early in the season. Fish Meal will help your young plants get...read more
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