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Last week mother nature decided to begin her tease into the spring season. It was 60 degrees and sunny through out the Puget Sound and everyone had huge smiles plastered across their faces. Of course we then promptly received several feet of snow in the mountains and the temperature down here plummeted back down with the onset of clouds and rain. That’s how spring seems to always begin – teasing us with little touches of light and life. The garden is beginning to poke its head out and those little glimpses of color keep us feigning for more. Hang on – she will be here soon!
Do you have avid gardeners in your family? Or those who want to be but they need that extra helping hand?
Winter may not seem like gardening time, but it is the best time for planning, preparing, and catching up on maintenance so that you can get the most out of your garden during the productive growing months. Landscapes should be a source of joy, not stress, and we have some great options to give to people who might need an extra hand, some more color in their life, or some inspiration to help create the yard they want.
A Design Consultation: a gift that will give back for a lifetime! We specialize in unique designs to fit whatever needs one might have and creates them in a way that is perennial, ecologically sustainable, and low maintenance. A consultation is designed to help with whatever needs a client hour knowledgeable team can help with a vast variety of landscape to-dos. We can work with you to create a gift certificate specific to your loved ones and their gardening needs. Here are a few of our ideas, and areas of expertise, and we are also more than willing to work with you to create a unique gift as well.
Consultation topics can include:
- Landscape design, planning and coaching
- Rainwise advice and guidance
- Edible gardening
- Outdoor living and entertainment space ideas
- Farm planning and animal / forage integration
- Problem area solutions
- Much, much more!
Maintenance: let us do the heavy lifting!
- Pruning, weeding, seasonal cleanup
- compost tea
- whatever is needed!
Containers: Add color where ever you are.
- Your pots or new
- Perennial and annual
- Totally unique
If this sounds like something you’d like to do you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 486-6902 and we can get a gift certificate sent to you in time for the holidays.
Here we are again about to plunge into the fun and chaos of the NW Flower and Garden Show! This year we are doing something totally different and we’re gonna have a booth in the Plant Market! That’s right, we’re selling the best, tastiest and most functional plants for our Pacific NW gardens. Be sure to stop by and visit us at Booth #2626 we will be giving away free plants – just be sure to visit a kiosk for details.
Also, Jessi will be teaching two seminars both followed with book signings:
- Easy Peasy Edibles Plant Once & Enjoy the Harvest for Years Thurs, Feb 21 at 9:30 am/Hood Room Join landscape designer Jessi Bloom talk about her favorite low maintenance edibles for the Pacific Northwest – all perennials! Plant them once and enjoy the harvest for years to come, plus arrange them beautifully for a gorgeous edible landscape!
- What the Cluck?! Everything You Need to Know for Chicken Gardening Sat, Feb 23 at 12:15 pm / Hood Room Join best-selling author and designer Jessica Bloom as she helps you master the basics of how to integrate chickens into your garden, starting with chicken raising myth busters, to designing habitat for them and you to benefit from; Jessi Bloom, author of Free Range Chicken Gardens will also share her favorite top 10 chicken garden plants!”
To see our involvement at the show over the years, be sure to check out these links for photos and recaps: 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012. Keep an eye on our facebook page if you want to follow what is happening at the show including cool finds & great garden ideas!
My first day in DC I went for an all day hike to see the sights and in search of gardens in the Mall. I was pleasantly surprised by the food gardens in the front lawn of the White House and a nice big beehive to boot! Next, I think the Obama’s need to get some chickens! Just think: Executive poultry– I could imagine them keeping Silkies for sure! 😉
Throughout the Mall three is a ridiculous amount of lawn. Almost no shrub layer, and Liriope seems to be the favorite ground cover used everywhere. But, I was also happy to see “weeds” in the lawns throughout.
Not having spent much time on the East Coast I was blown away by so much impressive masonry and intricate designs and details throughout the monuments and even in the smallest buildings. The diverse architecture is amazing – lots of brick and stone — has a old prestigious feel.
Much of my time was spent visiting many of the Memorials which was a very emotional and powerful experience. I spent hours in the Holocaust Museum, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial among several others.
Several of the “gardens” labeled on the maps weren’t exactly gardens, but I spent all day walking around and ran out of time. If I can I am going to try and make it back to the East side of the Mall and see the US Botanic Garden. I also got a tip to see the Enid Haupt Garden and Ripley Garden!
We are excited to have this guest post from Stacy Tornio (www.stacygrows.com) the author of “Project Garden: A Month by Month Guide to Planting, Growing, and Enjoying All Your Backyard Has to Offer” a fantastic new book which includes over 175 activities for the whole family to enjoy! I’ve been enjoying it and found that there are so many fantastic and creative ideas that kids will love. Check out how to win a copy of her new book < here >
Composting with Kids
Truth be told, I don’t exactly find composting an “easy” activity for kids. I think it can involve a lot—finding the right space, knowing what is and isn’t okay to compost and having the patience for it all to turn into soil.
Yet, I regularly teach a composting class to kids through my volunteer work as a master gardener. How come?
The thing is, kids love it. I mean, what’s more magical than throwing your garbage into a bin and then it turns into soil? So to make composting with kids easier, here are a few suggestions:
Explain what’s happening. Make sure to tell the kids what’s going on throughout this process. There are some great books out there that explain what you should and should not compost (Compost Stew is a wonderful picture book). Depending on what age of kids you’re working with, make sure they understand what’s happening.
Find a good tumbler system. Old school composting systems involve a lot of turning and mixing by hand. But if you’re composting with kids, I recommend getting a good tumbler system. They’ll like to spin it, and it speeds up the process.
Learn the difference between brown and green. If you don’t get this part right, then nothing else matters. It’s easy to come up with green matter like kitchen waste, but don’t forget to add brown matter like leaves and cardboard. The general rule of thumb is you need about 25 to 30 parts brown material to one part green. (To learn what is and isn’t okay to compost, take a look at my video.)
Designate a spot. You definitely need a spot to keep your compost pile or bin outside, but also designate a place to keep your kitchen scraps. They make some bins, complete with compostable, odor-eliminating liners that are great. If you have it out where everyone can see, you’re more likely to keep doing it.
Experiment with worms. Worms speed up the composting process, and kids love them! When I teach composting classes, we create mini environments with red wiggler worms, shredded newspaper and soil. In the gardening world, it’s called vermicomposting. Check it out!
Recycle, recycle, recycle. The bottom line is that composting is a great way to recycle. Don’t lose sight of that. Even if you’re not successful right away or it’s a lot more involved than you imagined it to be, you can still use it as a way to recycle more. It’s still a worthwhile lesson.
It’s okay to take a break. Many people stop composting in winter (if they live in a colder climate) or find that they go in spurts. This is okay! Don’t try to do too much, and take a break if you need it.
I have a funny thing to admit… on the opening day of the show I had to get up at 4am to get ready for a live TV interview and while I was driving to the show I got all teary because I was so happy that the show was finally starting. I could not wait! It is such a huge highlight of my year, I tend to get overly emotional with happiness! I love it, seeing everyone – the people are fantastic, all the hard work put into the show, the garden family reunions and new discoveries and encounters. So much garden love.. I can hardly handle it! I’m looking forward to next year “Garden’s Go Hollywood” theme.. the question on my mind, is *will we* or *won’t we* build a garden?! Anyhoo, onto a photo album of some fun stuff: