In Your Garden: Gardening by the Moon
Planting by the moon is an idea as old as agriculture. Since ancient times, our ancestors have watched the phases of the moon and observed the behavior of seeds and young plants.
As they did so, they saw that seeds germinated more quickly when they were planted at certain times. They also saw that some seedlings grew more vigorously than others, and that some crops fared better when planted at certain times than at other times. Years of observation led them to the conclusion that the phases of the moon were responsible for these differences.
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Gardening Etcetera: The Kids' Garden
At Nikki’s request, Ella runs to the house, bringing back a plastic gallon bag. She then carefully tiptoes through the garden, remembering to bend slightly under the white PVC arches. She looks for, then picks bright orange and red Roma tomatoes, and yellow lemon cherry tomatoes.
Plopping them into the bag, she comments, “They taste good. They are squeezy and squirty.” Next, Ella shows me carrots with purple stems. Ashkii, following Ella, unknowingly steps on the carrot stems. He does not have to bend over as the garden hoops are still above his head. Ella cries out, “The carrots have a secret: they are underground.”\
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Gardening: Pacific County Master Gardeners rediscover a garden
Gardener Beverly Arnoldy explains the bog’s habitat with curious gardeners in a workshop in October. “There’s been a real effort here to bring back native plants, and as always, remove the weeds. Always with the removing of weeds.”
Q: What is the aim or purpose of the Discovery Garden? When was it started?
A: The Discovery Garden was started during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial and was conceived as a place to highlight the native plants that the Corps of Discovery encountered during their time here. The garden is just behind the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and marks the original shoreline where William Clark walked. A couple of years ago the Washington State Master Gardeners approached us about taking on the garden as it had gotten quite overgrown. Since 2013 they have been its steward and it is looking great!
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Will black walnut leaves kill my flower garden? Gardening Q&A with George Weigel
I just put in an all-native garden this spring, and it is getting a lot of leaves falling from trees near it. Unfortunately, most of the trees are black walnuts. Due to the juglone these trees give off, should I rake up the leaves so my plants don't die?
You're familiar with the old kill-flowers-with-juglone trick, eh? Black walnuts (and to a lesser extent butternuts, hickories, English walnuts and Persian walnuts) use that self-made plant chemical to ward off competition from other plants.
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Garden Tips: Prepare for spring gardening by doing small chores now
Two weeks ago, I talked about the fall garden chores that should be done once fall arrives and cool weather starts to prevail. Here are some tasks that are good to do but are not absolutely necessary:
▪ Clean the vegetable garden: It is a good practice to clean the garden by removing plants that are finished producing or killed by frost. Plants without any obvious disease problems may be chopped and composted. However, if the plants were diseased, do not compost them. Once the plants are removed, add organic matter to the soil by tilling in finished compost or chopped up leaves.
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