Archive for February, 2010

Fertilizing the Berries

Friday, February 26th, 2010

This weekend I’m going to finish cleaning up around the berries and fertilizing them. Blueberries and huckleberries like acidic soil and I use a different fertilizer on them than on my raspberries and strawberries.

Bainbridge Island Home & Garden Show

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

The annual Bainbridge Island Home & Garden Show will held on Saturday March 6 at Woodward Middle School. Admission is free. See you there!

Growing Your Own Food

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

We welcome back popular guest Leda Langley whose class last year on growing your own vegetables was standing-room only! This year, Leda will be joined by her friend and author Lorene Edwards-Forkner to discuss elements of Lorene’s new book Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest. Leda and Lorene will lead a discussion, covering vegetables available this season, garden planning, crop rotation, how to extend the growing season and food storage. A great class for both the new and experienced gardener. We are pleased to offer Leda and Lorene’s presentation with no class fee and no pre-registration, however, because we are expecting a capacity crowd for this class, please note the special ticketing procedure: You must pick up a ticket to attend this class. Limit 4 tickets per customer. Seating will be limited to the first 100 ticketed participants. Tickets are available in the main building at Bainbridge Gardens. Sorry, this class is full. This class will be held in the Northwest Greenhouse, which is covered, but not heated. Please dress appropriately.

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 1pm
Class Fee: None
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

Pots on the Deck

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This weekend I’m going to re-plant some of the pots on the deck. A few things died during the cold snap which presents an opportunity to change to something completely new. I’ll start with fresh soil and I’m going to plant edible berries so I don’t have to walk so far to get berries to eat. Blueberries, strawberries, and something I’ve never tried called a gojiberry. Can’t wait to taste those.

Got My Pea Seeds

Friday, February 12th, 2010

This year I’m planting a new high-yielding bush pea called Lincoln. It is the kind of pea that you shell and just eat the peas. We’ll see how it compares to the ones I planted last year. I’m also planting a “sugar snap” that gets “fat” and you eat the whole pod (good in salads) and the good old flat ones you put in stir fry. I’ll start mine in flats indoors until the soil gets warmer.

Pruning Basics

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Yes, it is still pruning season! Join Steve Minch for an overview of pruning tools and techniques.

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Time: 1pm
Class Fee: $8
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

For more details and registration information see the Classes and Special Events section on our website.

Unbeatable Plants for the Northwest Garden

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Choose plants that thrive in your garden without a lot of effort. This class will explore plants that are well-adapted to our climate and soils. By introducing the right cultivars to your garden, you’ll be less likely to have pest or disease issues. We’ll be looking at woody plants such as shrubs and trees for full sun, part shade or full shade settings that offer year-round interest: attractive foliage, nice blooms and strong structure. A class suited for newcomers to the Northwest, and beginners as well as seasoned gardeners.

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 1pm
Class Fee: $8
Location: Bainbridge Gardens NW Greenhouse (Dress warm)

For more details and registration information see the Classes and Special Events section on our website.

Started Cleaning The Garden

Friday, February 5th, 2010

It is still too cold and wet for planting peas, but since the weather was good, I went out and pulled weeds. Underneath the weeds I found the first signs of spring. Hyacinth and Crocus bulbs are starting to pop up through the soil. I even saw some rhubarb poking through. Those darn weeds!

Have a Berry Merry February

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Imagine being able to walk out into your backyard and pick a few berries to add to your breakfast or dessert. Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and more are here and ready to plant in your garden. Call or visit for more details. 206-842-5888

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show opens February 3 and runs through February 7. You can purchase tickets at Bainbridge Gardens and avoid the lines at the show.