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In the Garden – November

Gardeners are intimately familiar with change. In particular, they share with many other enthusiasts a sensitivity to the rhythm of the year and the march of time and science. In November our … more

In the Garden – September

Once again, it’s the time of year when my sister asks me if I have started my fall garden cleanup and how I put my garden to bed. And every year, she is not alone in believing that I still say, … more

In the Garden – July

I’ve encountered many questions lately about how to turn a septic mound into an attractive garden feature. Frankly, I’ve never dealt with this personally. However, I have cultivated … more

In the Garden – May

Isn’t this just a beautiful time of year in the garden? The horrors of the past year’s extreme weather are behind us. Hopefully, plants that did not survive have been removed and … more

In the Garden – March

A recent discussion of native plants (via the Washington Native Plant Society, I think) led me to check out Hitchcock and Cronquist’s Flora of the Pacific Northwest. When this hefty tome … more

In the Garden – January

The start of a new gardening year already? While we have not yet put aside our holiday decorations and activities, it is almost time to think about 2022. Whether you are relatively new to … more

In the Garden – November

Dear Santa, As I sit and think about the garden presents you have gifted me over the years, I want to say how grateful I am for my bountiful garden and well-stocked garden shed. Rather than focus … more

In The Garden

Last night, the man in the house remarked that it is getting darker. You’ve noticed that, right? Well, so have our plants. At least plants don’t suffer seasonal affective disorder ... or … more

In the Garden – July 2021

Damn deer! Blasted squirrels! Nefarious voles! Sometimes gardening is a battle. Who’s your most infuriating nemesis? In my previous garden, the main mammalian culprit was the two-legged … more

In The Garden – May 2021

I want to welcome those new to gardening in Point Roberts. You aren’t necessarily new here, but might have taken up gardening during pandemic restrictions. No matter how you got to this point, … more

In The Garden

Are you eager to start your outdoor seeds and plantings? Many like broad beans, calendula and cilantro can go in the ground right now, provided that the soil temperature is at least 50°F. (Did I … more

In The Garden

The gardening year 2021 is going to be different from previous years by virtue of following 2020. When lockdowns started, many people wary of supply chain disruptions and brick-and-mortar shopping … more

In the Garden – November

The garden column on the role of soil texture in growing healthy plants generated some interest, which leads me to a good holiday gift suggestion for gardeners. In fact, it’s a gift that can be … more

In the Garden – September

Soil is something that crop farmers think about naturally, yet baffles some gardeners. The baffling aspect has to do with the complexity of soil, which is truly amazing. Healthy soil is richly … more

In the garden– July

Ah, mid-to-late summer marks the time that all the hard work in spring and early summer pays off. The flush of spring color might have faded, but July and August are the months when many annuals and … more

In the garden – March

By Tim Trudel With spring just around the corner, a lot of us are looking forward to new plants popping up with blooms. The 150,000 bees that have overwintered in my garden hives are also … more

In the Garden – January

By Rhiannon Allen Dear Santa, I apologize for the lateness of this letter and hope that you have enough time to put something garden-themed under the tree. I was so busy finishing all … more

In the Garden – November

By Rhiannon Allen While non-gardeners often assume that summer is the busiest gardening season, experienced gardeners know that this is not strictly true. Autumn can be a busy time, with most … more

In the garden – September

By Rhiannon Allen I have been spending a lot of time this year visiting people in their gardens, and am struck with how varied their attitudes are towards their gardens. Some gardeners are … more

In the garden – July, 2019

Now that another growing season is upon us, I look at my Point Roberts garden over a decade since I started it, and I am struck by how some plants are now gone while others survive and … more
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