The elegant, lacy foliage on black stems of the Himalayan maidenhair fern, Adiantum venustum, are a delight to grow. Only about a foot high, it forms a low, slow creeping rhizomes groundcover that is not invasive in our gardens. Small frond unfurl in late winter with a warm bronze blush that makes this fern refreshing to see on these gray overcast days of winter. The soft green, triangular fan-shaped segments are numerous and make up each frond.
By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom’s Garden Club, in partnership with the Town of Steilacoom, began another garden spot makeover this past Tuesday.
Workers from the Cedar Creek Corrections facility dismantled the garden plot next to the Bair Store that’s stood there for more than 25 years, replacing the railroad ties with concrete pavers. The garden spot is located at the intersection of Wilkes and Lafayette streets, across from the Tennis Courts.
By Nancy Henderson
Most people are familiar with the invasive plant Scotch Broom, but fewer know about knotweed, a much more-threatening species.
Knotweed is very aggressive, escaped ornamental that is capable of forming dense stands, crowding out all other vegetation and degrading wildlife habitat. These aggressive invasive plants grow better in their new habitat due to the absence of native predators and diseases that limit their growth in their native Asia.
By Peter Punzi
Q. Why won’t my cucumbers turn green. I have huge yellow cucumbers. Are they edible? thank you, Kathy M., Illinois A. There are two possibilities here. If they start out green and then turn yellow you waited too long to harvest … Continue reading
The Tacoma Garden Club (TGC) is currently accepting grant applications for projects that stimulate a love of gardening, protect the quality of the environment, encourage civic beautification and/or promote educational/scientific activities. [Read more...]
With so many tomatoes, not to mention peppers, onions, and cilantro at the market, it is surely Salsa time! Come pick up the ingredients to complete your favorite recipe, or stop by the Information booth at the market and pick up a copy of some salsa recipes submitted by a few of our market facebook fans. Either way you should be able to find all you need to mix up this favorite snack! [Read more...]
By Peter Punzi
Q. Your web site is very informative and inspiring. I try to follow your advice as much as I can. We had good year so far..specially in green house..lots of cabbage, cauliflower, salad, lots of peas and lots of tomatoes … Continue reading
Want to learn proper, corrective pruning skills and be well equipped to care for your fruit trees this season? Join the Pierce County Gleaning Project and Master Gardener and Arborist, Pamela Draper for a hands-on workshop, Saturday, July 28th at Ft. Steilacoom Park. The workshop will be conducted at the apple orchard along Angle Lane, just past the maintenance shop. Bring your pruning tools if you have them and wear a hat, gloves, and protective eye wear. Some tools will be available at the workshop. This event will be held rain or shine. The Clover Park Kiwanis Club will harvest the apples along Angle Lane and donate the apples to the Lakewood FISH Food Bank.
Corn, tomatoes, peaches…need I say more? Yet there is more! And all of it can be found at the market this week! If the absolutely incredible selection of fresh fruits and vegetable doesn’t entice you, then perhaps the kettle corn or handcrafted toffee will. Either way, the Steilacoom Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Wednesday. Pick up your favorite treat, and head to the free concert in the park at 6:30 pm. The 133rd Army Dixie Land and Big Band will be performing in Pioneer Park. The market is located on the corner of Lafayette and Wilkes, and is open from 3-7pm. See you at the market!
By Peter Punzi
Q. I have 2 rhodies that both have leaves that are looking chlorotic with leaves that are yellowing between the veins. I have fertilized like I should, I have bark mulch on them and they still dont have the dark … Continue reading