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Spring in Tri-Cities

Yes, we know that recent great weather is tempting you to get your tomatoes planted,but remember that we will probably still get some frost in the next few weeks. Unless you are prepared to cover your plants at night, you could wait until the end of April, and still have plenty of growing time for a great crop. There are lots of veggies and flowers that can take a bit of frost, such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, onions, petunias, alyssum, and most perennials. It is also a good time to fertilize plants as they are starting to wake up.  Weeds ...

Spring Planters

Now that the weather has settled a bit, it's time to make things look pretty outside.

When to plant tomatoes and peppers

Is it safe to put out frost sensitive plants like peppers and tomatoes? If you are eager to get it done, you can take advantage of the nice warm daytime temperatures, and keep plants from getting damaged by the cold with a little foresight. First, watch the weather forecasts, and pay attention to the next 3 or 4 days. If temps near freezing are predicted, cover your plants in the evening around 5p.m. You can use lightweight cloth, black plastic, cardboard boxes, etc. Try to arrange the cover so that the plants are not actually in contact with the material. ...


Now that the yellow blooms of the forsythia are abundant, it's time to make sure that you have done the final trim on your roses.


This year as you are putting together your flowering planters and hanging baskets, try getting creative with your choice of containers.  I always enjoy going to the " Farm Chick's" event at the Spokane fairgrounds( June 1st and 2nd this year) for inspiration on reusing "found" objects for planters.  You'll see  battered old tin buckets, chipped enamel basins, funnels, wodden crates, all stuffed with bright annuals.  I once brought home several little wagons and planted them with petunias and sweet potato vines.  What a clever accent to place near an entryway! You surely have containers at home you could reuse.  ...

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