making the cut

science based pruning: part 2 – what the cut? What’s in your toolbox? tools of the trade Pruning…removing dead, dying, or diseased wood eliminates an entry point or build-up area for insects and fungi to enter the plant and spread to other parts. Gardeners and arborists spend a lot of time and energy in thisContinue reading “making the cut”

more than just a pretty leaf

the science of fall color The Sun has passed the celestial equator heading southward and in most of the world temperatures are dropping – Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumnal and Spring equinoxes mark the point in the calendar at which the length of night and the length of day are almost exactlyContinue reading “more than just a pretty leaf”

making the cut

science based pruning: part 1 – healthy start In the forest no one prunes the plants and trees – so why all the fuss about pruning? I think my library has six ‘How To’ books on pruning, several illustrated guides and one volume, so weighty, that it is used for a door stop in myContinue reading “making the cut”

skagit garden almanac : august 2020

part instruction, part aide-memoire, part skagit lore august 18, 2020 “If the first week of August is warm, the winter will be white and long.” Weather Lore Calendar, 2022 Old Farmers Almanac Summer is in full swing – Skagit is in the 80’s and after a scorching weekend that saw triple digits, this feels positivelyContinue reading “skagit garden almanac : august 2020”

master the garden

part two botany basics: internal plant parts In this second installment of botany basics  – Cells: are the basic structural and physiological units of plants and of life in all organisms. They are eukaryotic cells, which have a true nucleus along with specialized structures called organelles that carry out different functions. Plant cells have specialContinue reading “master the garden”

latin for the accidental gardener

Not often do gardeners have the opportunity to bring something back to life. Latin is now considered a dead language, meaning it’s still used in specific contexts, but does not have any native speakers. Before diving farther into the ‘A’s’ of botanical Latin – I would like to pause and take a look at some common Latin prefixes andContinue reading “latin for the accidental gardener”

master the garden

part three botany basics: roots In this third installment of botany basics – roots are discussed. Perhaps the most important system of any plant – is the root system. They absorb nutrients and moisture, anchor the plant or tree to the soil, support the stem or trunk, and store food. In some plants the rootsContinue reading “master the garden”

latin for the accidental gardener

Not often do gardeners have the opportunity to bring something back to life. Latin is now considered a dead language, meaning it’s still used in specific contexts, but does not have any native speakers How do you say soil in Latin? Well, there are 6 ways to refer to soil: soli, terra, humus, telis, and ager. soli The wordContinue reading “latin for the accidental gardener”

master the garden

Study guide for Master Gardener Programs. Gardening can have impact – positive and negative – on the environment, so take your skill and knowledge to the ‘next level’ and become aware of environmental protection and improvement practices. This series will direct you to becoming a Master Gardener and practice sustainable gardening.