How-To Archive

No Cuba Trip – Oct 2016

June 27, 2016 After much thought, I have decided to cancel the Cuba trip for 2016. The recent loosening of travel restrictions there has caused chaos in the travel industry. Good guides are unavailable. Groups are being booted from hotels...

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France and Italy Trip 2016 – Odd Things

Some things are interesting and some things just make me laugh. I so wanted to use this door knocker. street graffiti some people are French beyond French is your bathroom sink this fancy? do your bathroom faucets look like this?...

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France and Italy Trip 2016 – Pictures

Oh, what a time we had!! A lively and entertaining group of gardeners and supportive spouses headed for France, Italy and Monaco in late May/June, 2016. We walked through beautiful gardens, visited ancient cathedrals,  tasted wine, and walked through doors...

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France and Italy Trip 2016 – Plants

This was a garden trip, right? We saw lots of pretty plants and gardens!      ...

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France and Italy Trip 2016 – Food

I finally got tired of taking pictures of our meals…..once you’ve eaten in Italy and France you’ll understand why people swoon over the food.            ...

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France and Italy Trip 2016 – Places

Every corner seemed to reveal something new to see. Here are a few favorites.      ...

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France and Italy Trip 2016 – People

Pictures of folks on the trip.        ...

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World Pajama Gardening Day

We all know about World Naked Gardening Day. But how should gardeners celebrate if they don’t dare to be bare outdoors? Celebrate World Pajama Gardening Day by gardening in your pajamas! It’s held the day after World Naked Gardening Day and you...

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Garden and Landscape Calendars

I have various “what to do when” calendars scattered throughout my website. I’ve collected them here for easier access. Monthly Gardening Calendars Shrub Pruning Calendar Lawn Care Calendars Planting Trees Correctly Vegetable Planting Calendar Vegetable Harvesting...

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GMO Food – How to Avoid

Some consumers would rather avoid food that contains GMO ingredients. It’s hard, since most corn products (including high fructose corn syrup but not popcorn) and soy products are made with GMO plants. I found a guide to avoiding GMO food...

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Join Me for a Pacific Northwest Trip – July, 2016

Looking for a quick garden get-away to one of the garden beauty spots of the world? Join me this summer in the beautiful and exotic Pacific Northwest! Home to lovely gardens, rain forests, and stunning scenery. You’ll see Butchart Gardens...

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Dandelion – Control

My young friend Ayana and I recently spent several minutes making a bouquet of dandelion flowers and blowing on the seedheads of those already bloomed. Although the flowers are bright and distinctive, some folks would rather not have this plant...

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Weeders – Portrayed by Artists

I just became aware that famous artists have had an interest in weeding just like I do! Some examples are below. Email me if you know of other pieces of art that include weeding or weeders!     Katy K....

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Leyland Cypress – Fallen

It’s not unusual to see tall Leyland cypress trees that have fallen over during high winds, particularly after a heavy rain. Leyland cypress has a shallower root system than you’d think…and few strong anchor roots. If yours is taller than...

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History of Walter Reeves’ Radio Career

1980 – 1991 Special guest on “Metro Extension 103”, forty 30-minute shows on V-103 FM. 1984 – 1986 Hosted 15 two-hour call-in gardening shows on WGST-AM, in rotation with other Extension service agents 1989 – 1994 Wrote and voiced 50...

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Testing Potting Soil Quality

There are no hard and fast rules about how fast good quality potting soil should drain or how much water it should retain. Here is one way to compare the difference between two products you are considering. For each one:...

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Mulch – Way Too Deep

Local landscape designer Lyle Collins noticed some  really deep mulch installed by a professional company around crapemyrtles. I see it too. It’s called “volcano mulching” and it is never good for trees. Moisture held around the trunk leads  to rot...

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France and Italy Trip – 2016

In response to several requests, I’m hosting a trip to southern France and Italy on May 29 – June 9, 2016! Northern Italy, Southern France and Provence seem to make seasoned travelers swoon. “It is just so beautiful… and the...

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