By Peter Punzi
It is with great happiness that I begin my new garden column with The Suburban Times. I will be bringing you the latest and greatest information on keeping your yard and gardens beautiful and sustainable. As I did with my Tacoma News Tribune column I will be answering your garden questions. But with the new online flexibility I will also be bringing you ideas, local garden happenings (like plant sales and garden shows) and I hope to bring you short video segments via the Flip camcorder my mom bought to document all my son’s explorations (he is just hitting eight months old). For those of you who also watched my Comcast garden segments this is good news as Comcast shut down all the Local Origination facilities back in January in Washington state so Channel 76 is no longer. I have been told they still keep some of my segments available with On Demand. Thanks to all of you who told me how much you missed my column. Please spread the word of my new home with The Suburban Times.
In the Garden
Looking out my window this weekend almost makes me forget what a lion of a spring it has been so far. Where else can you get fours seasons in one day? We are now past the safe date for frost, which makes me very happy. If you are preparing garden beds for vegetables (or other reasons) test the soil to make sure it is not holding too much water. There are many locations in our area that have clay soil or a hardpan below keeping the soil quite moist. Working soil that is too moist ruins it’s structure. The way to test it is to take a handful of soil and mold it into a ball. Drop it back to the soil from a foot above. If it holds together in a ball then it is too wet to work. Raised beds are great in areas that stay wet late into the spring.
To ask me a gardening question go to the question form.
This coming Saturday April 25th (9:30am–4pm) and Sunday April 26th (10am-3pm) the Pierce County Master Gardener’s Foundation will be having its annual plant sale. This is my favorite plant sale! Just leave some plants for me please. See their flyer for more information.
Peter Punzi – Horticulture Guy is a Garden Communicator, garden consultant, coach and online garden shop owner.