Win a Beginners Guide to Gardening

Are you a new gardener–or know someone who is? Here’s your chance to win a copy of the new book called “Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening” by Katie Elzer-Peters. Have you ever wanted to learn how to read a fertilizer label, fix a problem in the lawn, plant a perennial or prune a tree? Are […]

Win Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

Do you love trees? Adore shrubs? If so, you could win Michael A. Dirr’s new book, Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs (a $79.95 value). All you have to do is leave a comment with Timber Press, the book’s publisher, before Friday, December 2, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. Pacific time. The contest is open to […]

Thank You Birds for the Golden Currant

I didn’t plant this Golden Currant, but I sure appreciate the birds who did. One of my favorite shrubs in the backyard is one I didn’t choose at the garden center or buy at a garden club plant sale. Every spring it blooms with brilliant yellow tubular flowers that have a fresh spicy scent and […]

Bare Trees Provide View for Spring Planting

Winter is the best time to help you really see where to focus your spring planting efforts. Several years ago, I had the chance to talk with Suzy Bales about her book called “The Garden in Winter.” She said the best time to plan for winter color is during the spring. The opposite holds true, […]

Dry Garden? Time to Water

All Western landscapes benefit from winter watering. If your landscape and garden are as dry as mine, it’s definitely time to water. Even if it seems too early to pull out the hose, trees, shrubs and lawns need winter watering. The general rule for winter watering is to apply water twice a month from October […]

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