Butterfly attracting plants

Here is a thorough list of butterfly attracting trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.  All will grow well in the Pacific Northwest.   Trees Aescules Prunus Salix   Shrubs Abelia Buddleia Calycanthus occidentalis Caryopteris Clethera Ceanothus Ligustrum Lonicera Rhododendron Salix Syringa   Perennials Achillea Allium Arabis Asclepias Aster Aubretia Centhranthus Chives Chrysanthemum Coreopsis Helenium Helianthus Hemerocallis Echinacea […]

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How to plant and care for blueberry bushes

Choosing a site: Blueberries require a sunny location for best results. Avoid planting around trees. Trees will provide too much shade as well as take away the water and nutrients needed for blueberry success. Blueberry bushes have very specific soil requirements. Soil needs to be well drained and high in organic matter with a pH […]

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How to grow artichokes in the Pacific Northwest

Choosing a site: Artichokes need to be able to grow quickly to become edible. Artichokes need partial to full sun and a lot of room. Do not plant artichokes in containers. Watering is key and the soil needs to be very good with excellent drainage. Artichokes prefer additions of compost and/ or manure in generous […]

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Growing Bulbs Indoors

Do you want to have beautiful daffodils, hyacinths, and other bulbs this spring but don’t have space in your yard? Or maybe you have some pesky animals that love to dig up your bulbs all winter long? Try forcing your bulbs indoors! With this technique you can grow lovely pots of spring flowers early in […]

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Green Grass: FAQs About Starting Over

Any tips on how to kill your lawn and start over? We try to avoid spraying too many chemicals on lawns to kill them as these are harmful to our river and stream habitats. There are isolated exceptions when we break our rule but generally we’d suggest you strip off the old grass with a […]

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Controlling Wasps

When to Control In late summer and early fall, it may become necessary to control wasps (including yellow jackets) in your yard. It is good to take care of the menacing insects before finding one inside your pop can as you are about to take a sip! In August and September, wasps become aggressive scavengers. […]

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