Northwest Gardening

  June 2017

Expand Your Food Growing Horizon

Compared to the rest of the continental United States, the Pacific Northwest is unique in offering a relatively cool, year-round gardening season, akin to the maritime clime of England and coastal Northern Europe. The tempering effect of the Salish Sea, … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Great Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes in the Maritime Northwest can be a challenge, even with the warmer summer temperatures of the past few years. Tropical plants native to South America, tomatoes struggle with our more temperate, though sunny and dry, summers. For the … Continue reading

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  April 2017

Harvesting Crops Throughout the Year

Before plunging into the first plantings of spring, it is useful to look back and consider what survived the bouts of snow and cold temperatures that came down from Canada this winter. Beyond the vegetable garden, under the second-growth cedars … Continue reading

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  March 2017

March Winds

As an early herald of spring, March usually blusters in with winds and cold temperatures, but then settles down at the end of the month into a bit warmer weather. The annual temptation is to start digging the soil and … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Looking Ahead to the Spring Season

In the middle of February we usually get a winter thaw: The cold lets up for a bit; the sun comes out a little brighter, and the hardy, over-wintering plants in the vegetable garden perk up, thinking of spring. After … Continue reading

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  January 2017

Moving East to West

Editor’s note: This is a new column, and the Watch welcomes Peter Heffelfinger, who will write monthly about gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Please feel free to submit questions and thoughts!!   Contact Peter at:   peterh.heffelfinger@gmail.com As a human transplant … Continue reading

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