Do you wonder why some years your cucumbers have low yields but you’re not quite sure what you did wrong? It might not be you. It could be the finicky “dating and mating habits” of cucumbers that are causing the problems. Arm yourself with a little information and most of your cucumber probl…

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People are noticing my green thumb, and it has nothing to do with gardening prowess. Deadheading roses has left me with stained hands that even OxyClean can’t fix. I am forever misplacing my pruners, but since my right thumb and forefinger are providentially attached to my arm, my favorite r…

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For many of us, a passion for flowers drew us into gardening in the first place. But in time, even the most ardent lover of all things petaled has to admit that a garden based only on blooms is missing something. That’s when we look to the leaf, and suddenly it’s all about foliage.

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The invasive brown marmorated stink bug first came to this writer’s attention during a Yakima Master Gardener lunch-and-learn session in spring 2019. Some months later, the creature was observed and captured on my property, 5 acres bordered by two creeks that once was horse and cattle pastur…

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The demand for heirloom varieties, especially in edible plants, has increased dramatically in recent years. There are many reasons that heirlooms may be better suited to home gardens than hybrids. One of the biggest is that heirlooms are open-pollinated, so you can save seeds year after year.

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By the second week of March last year, dozens of Master Gardeners, working on an array of greenhouse teams, had the finish line in sight. For six months, they had faithfully tended thousands of plants in their South 18th Avenue greenhouses. It was time to fledge those babies and send them to…

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Remarkable in so ways, the year 2020 also managed to make gardening history. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans turned to gardening in record numbers. Half did so “as a way to get out of the house, relieve stress, provide security, and for something to do while sticking close to home.”

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Americans eat a lot of lettuce. Thomas Jefferson grew nearly 20 varieties in his Monticello kitchen garden. In 2015, the U.S. per capita consumption of all types of lettuce was 25.8 pounds per person, of which 51 percent (13.3 pounds per person) was head lettuce. Fresh romaine and leaf lettu…

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If you want to raise your favorite Gala apple variety, you can’t just plant a seed from a Gala apple and expect the resulting tree to produce fruit that will resemble a Gala. Instead, you must either buy a Gala tree or graft Gala scion wood onto an existing apple tree or rootstock.

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The Yakima Area Arboretum’s “The Weekly Leaf” newsletter arrived at the same time as mid-January’s snow and ice, bearing the unlikely headline, “Which Witch-Hazels are Blooming?” Flowers blooming in the dead of winter? I grabbed a camera and my husband, and off we went to see if it was true.

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