Weeds seem to be the most visible lawn and landscape pest, and will always be a major headache for homeowners. Weeds have evolved to be tough and opportunistic, taking advantage of thin areas in our lawns, landscape beds or fields and pastures the moment we turn our backs.

Each year at the Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic, a well-trained group of volunteers takes hundreds of calls from Yakima gardeners. A frequent concern: hydrangeas.

Every year since 1996, the American Hosta Growers Association picks one outstanding variety to honor as Hosta of the Year. The winner for 2019 is “Lakeside Paisley Print,” with thick, heart-shaped leaves edged in wide, wavy green margins. A narrow, creamy-white feather seems to fill the cent…

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To celebrate the birth of each of his two daughters, my father brought flowers to my mother at the hospital. He chose potted hydrangeas each time. I never asked him why, but my father was a practical man. A bouquet of roses could have seemed too ephemeral.

Tomatoes are the most beloved vegetable in the garden patch. They are easy to grow, but it’s difficult to decide which ones to plant.

Celery (Apium graveolens) is a vegetable that is popular with the health conscious. The stalks are almost absent of calories, yet contain important vitamins and minerals. Many herbal remedies claim that celery helps balance blood pH, lowers cholesterol, relieves constipation, normalizes body…

This weekend in London, the Royal Horticultural Society is hosting the epic Chelsea Flower Show. Held on the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital since 1912, it’s become the most eminent garden show in the world. Members of the British royal family attend every year, along with 157,000 visi…

These sweet cucumbers aren’t cucumbers at all. They’re in the muskmelon family along with cantaloupe and honeydew. The slightly sweet, melon-like flavor should have tipped me off. They’re also called yard-long cucumbers, snake melons and cucumber melons. Armenian cucumbers are recognizable b…

YAKIMA, Wash. -- When I was in college, someone would have had to drag me, kicking and screaming, to register for a science class. Unfortunately, no one did, and I regret those missed opportunities. I’ve been learning the hard way that to garden well, I’ve got to be better acquainted with bo…

YAKIMA, Wash. -- In 2007, more than 600,000 frozen seeds of Silene stenophylla, an arctic wildflower, were found buried in squirrel burrows below the permafrost in northeastern Siberia. Radiocarbon dating determined the seeds were 32,000 years old. Scientists were able to extract embryos and…

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Master Gardener program of Yakima County, thanks to one of our leading members, Phyllis, started an heirloom garden several years ago and teaches seed saving classes. With the push toward gardening sustainability, there’s a lot of information out there about saving seeds.

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Since I’ve become a nana, I make twice-monthly trips to Olympia to visit my two young grandchildren. I was there last week when I got a text from a friend, warning me that all her fallen leaves had blown from her yard and simply disappeared. If they arrived on my doorstep, s…

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