Stories by Dean Fosdick

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rethinking gardens: Help plants survive drought conditions

LANGLEY, Wash. - Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn't mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water ...
By Dean Fosdick

Friday, July 3, 2015

Landscape accessories can add personality to the garden

Flowers are the face of a garden, providing color and texture. But a few well-placed landscape accessories can give it character and a dash of personality.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Simplify garden to simplify life

Too many plants, too little time? A lot of unnecessary effort can be weeded out with some time- and energy-saving shortcuts, from plant selection to better tools.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, June 4, 2015

You can help pollinators one flowerpot at a time

Even a little effort - a potted plant, say, on an apartment balcony - can mean a lot when trying to help restore declining pollinator populations like bees, bats, and butterflies.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lawn-care basics: How much to cut, irrigate, fertilize

Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawn mower and buzzing around the yard. There's cutting at the right height, irrigating with the correct amount of water and ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Understanding how to manage animal manure

Organic and synthetic fertilizers are the most common way to add nutrients to the soil, but animal manure is good too, if you can find and transport it. 
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Make plan before starting garden

The arrival of a new year is always a good time for fresh starts, and there are few things as enjoyable to start than gardening. But where to begin? A helpful first step is to develop a plan. ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Kitchens move outside with winter fire pits, rings, tables

Gas-operated fire pits, fire rings and fire-pit tables are emerging as modern-day substitutes for campfires. Flipping a switch to ignite the flames is a whole lot easier than kindling a stack of ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Some tips to help potted perennials survive in winter

In simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Plant species tulips for early color

Large, goblet-shaped blooms make a colorful springtime splash grouped in beds and pots. But those hybrids are softies compared to their wild ancestors - species tulips growing in unforgiving sites ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Plan ahead to keep critters from harming plants

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Use garden harvest for fruit or green smoothies

Smoothies are a nutritious way to stir things up in the kitchen, especially if the ingredients come from your garden. Few drinks are as refreshing as fresh or frozen fruits and syrups mixed with ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Crafting custom brew at home can begin in garden

You don't need a garden to succeed as a home brewer, but growing your own ingredients is a flavorful step up. Much of the creativity involved in crafting a custom-made beer starts with the plants ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Choosing to plant in curbside spaces can be a challenge

Making a yard and a community more beautiful begins at the curb. But that narrow space between sidewalk and street - sometimes called a boulevard, median, hellstrip, parkway, verge or tree belt - ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Birders debate playing back birdcalls on phones

Wildlife watchers can now wield unnatural powers, playing actual birdcalls on smartphones and other mobile devices. The practice, called playback, is effective for attracting elusive species but ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bee-friendly gardens can save species

Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct.
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gourmet herbs are simple way to spice up garden

Culinary herbs are enjoying a revival thanks to new varieties, stronger flavors, health concerns and more discerning palates. Their low cost, attractiveness and easy-to-grow attributes are making ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shop smart for a healthier garden

Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by ...
By Dean Fosdick

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Pots are perfect fit when growing fruit

Many fruit growers are going to pots. Con­tainers are great for tight spaces, easy to manage, convenient for harvesting and provide better soil than is found in most gardens.
By Dean Fosdick
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