Garden Tips

Garlic planting in early spring

Why plant garlic? It's the world of flavors that await in every bulb, of course! Cooked garlic offers several dimensions that come alive depending on how you prepare it, (of course it belongs in so many Italian dishes!) and so many varieties are available in the spring at Beaver Bark that you just won't be able to pick only one.

When to plant? Cloves can be planted in late winter as soon as the soil thaws, but it's true that fall-planted garlic produces bigger, better bulbs. If you missed the fall planting, don't fret! Ask which garlic will work best for your situation.

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Pansies are a traditional favorite, beloved for their pretty blooms that brighten cool-weather landscapes. They also work well in window boxes and containers, where you can appreciate the pretty blossoms up close. For best growth and flowers, plant in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pansies like cool temperatures, but today’s hybrids are more heat tolerant than ever, often lasting into summer in our area, until it gets really hot.

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Veggie Planting Guides and Tips

Each person has to decide at what point their garden is ready for certain types of herb and vegetable plants. Creating a planting calendar will help you plan correctly from seed to harvest. Perennial herbs can be planted just about anytime it starts o get warm, but annual herbs such as basil and dill need to wait until all danger of frost is gone. Tomatoes and other warm-season vegetables are also frost tender and will be damaged by even a light frost,  even at 36-38 degrees. Cool-season vegetables like lettuce and broccoli like a bit of frost but a hard freeze can cause damage.
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Forsooth, Forsythia!

This shrub offers a spectacular yellow spectacle so very early in spring you'll wish you had one (or two) to chase drab winter's hues away!

The blooms of forsythia bush offer bright yellow flowers on long, arching branches for a cheery splash of early  spring color in your yard. They produce flowers first, with the green foliage appearing once the flowers fade. This attractive bush is available in several varieties, and great for our Tri-Cities climate. Plant the forsythia any time of the year in areas where freezing temperatures are past. Move and transplant a forsythia during the winter season, when the bush is not actively growing.

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For the Birds!

Gardening with birds in mind is a great way to bring additional beauty and balance to your growing space. These winged wonders not only help with pollination and spreading of seeds, but offer chemical-free insect control as well.
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