Growing Tips for Gardeners
These growing tips articles were written for Pacific Northwest Gardeners, but much of the information will be relevant for gardeners in other climates as well.
- Apple Pruning
Pruning and training apples to central leader form
- Basics of Hard Cider Making at Home
Get starting turning your extra apples into a great adult beverage. Equipment, procedure, and tips about what apples work best are all included.
- Building a Home Hoop House
Build a 10’ wide by 20’ long hoop house at home to successfully grow heat loving crops.
- Can I Grow Apricots?
Tips for apricot growing success in the Pacific Northwest
- Create a Backyard Sanctuary
Using plants to attract birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to your garden.
- Disease and Pest Management
Pest management through the seasons for backyard orchards in the Pacific Northwest
- Edible Landscaping
Use food producing plants to create an ornamental, productive landscape.
- Encouraging Pollinators in a Home Orchard
Companion planting suggestions for orchards to encourage year round habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects.
- Espalier Your Fruit Trees
Train your fruit trees to espalier; create a living fruit fence.
- Gardening with PNW Natives
Choosing the right native plants for the right spot in your landscape
- Gifts from the Kitchen
Using fruits to create special preserves, vinegars, liqueurs, and preserves, perfect for holiday gifts.
- Growing Asparagus
How to plant and grow asparagus from crowns
- Growing Currants and Gooseberries
Tips for site selection, pruning, and disease and pest management.
- Growing Figs in the Pacific Northwest
Tips on planting and pruning figs for best cropping in a maritime climate.
- Growing Hydrangeas
Tips on planting and growing hydrangeas, including pruning of different hydrangea groups
- Growing in Containers
Focusing on woody and perennial plants in containers.
- Growing Strawberries
Planting and growing both June bearing and day-neutral or everbearing varieties of strawberries.
- Growing Table and Dessert Grapes in Cooler Climates
Site selection, cultivar selection, and training methods for growing great grapes for eating in our cool maritime climate
- Growing Vegetables for Fall & Winter Harvest
In our mild climate, you can grow vegetables nearly year round. Timing of plantings is key, and choosing winter hardy varieties.
Building and using tunnels and hoop houses to extend the growing season in the Pacific Northwest. Construction advice, growing tips, and resources for materials is included.
- Living with Deer
How to garden in areas with deer
- Pear Training and Establishment
Pruning and training pear trees as open center trees
- Planting Green Graft Grapes
Tips for success planting first year grape grafts
- Planting Plants
Basic Information on planting balled and burlapped, bareroot, or container grown plants.
- Plants for Fall Interest
Woody shrubs and trees that have exceptional fall flowers or foliage in the Pacific Northwest garden.
- Plants for Problem Places - Salt Spray
Plants that work for seacoast plantings where salt spray is a problem
- Plants for Problem Places - Wet Soil
Plants that thrive in soil that stays wet all year, and may at times be flooded.
- Plants for Problem Places - Dry Soil
Drought tolerant plants for gardens without irrigation
- Plants for Problem Places - Shade
Plants that thrive in partial to full shade and bring color to the garden.
- Preserving the Harvest
A basic overview of techniques for preserving fruits and vegetables from your garden.
- Pruning Dwarf Cherries
Focusing on pruning and training dwarf cherries as a Spanish bush system.
- Starting Right with Blueberries
Site selection, planting tips, and pruning information for Northwest gardens.
- Starting Right with Peaches
Pruning and disease management for peaches and nectarines.
- Starting Right with Plums
Initial planting and pruning guide for plums and prunes, along with basic disease control information.
- Success with Cane Fruit
Planting, trellising, and pruning raspberries and blackberries.
- Success with Conifers
Choosing conifers, growth habits and pruning tips.
- Success with Japanese Maples
Site selection, cultural needs, and problems common in Japanese Gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
- Success with Kiwis
Site selection, hardy vs. fuzzy types, trellis construction, and cultural needs of kiwis in the Northwest.
- Success with Rhododendrons
Site selection, culture, and tips on choosing rhododendrons for Pacific Northwest Gardens.
- Successful Wine Grape Growing in Cooler Climates
Focus on mainly wine grapes for the Pacific Northwest: site selection, cultivar selection, training and pruning tips. Some table grape tips, too.
- Suggestions for Pest Problems
Grid layout of pest problems in home orchards, and a range of solutions.
- Training Sweet Cherries
Training Sweet Cherries to a Upright Fruiting Offshoot System
- The Locavore's Garden
Basic vegetable gardening information for Pacific NW gardens
- Verticillium Wilt- Symptoms and Solutions
A common root disease in the Pacific Northwest, causing decline of numerous species. Tips on diagnosing symptoms, and how to choose plants that are resistant if verticillium is present.
- Winter Damaged Plants
How to tell if your plants have winter damage, and what to do about it.