Marianne Binetti, Tacoma News Tribune

Marianne Binetti

Tacoma News Tribune

Framingham, MA, United States

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Past articles by Marianne:

Time to up the watering game in Western Washington gardens

It’s important to water your garden correctly in the summer months. Here are some tips for keeping geraniums and other plants in containers and pots properly watered. → Read More

Late June is the time to deadhead flowers and raise your lawnmower height to 3 inches

The end of June is the time to deadhead blooms, weed volunteers and tend to watering your garden and lawn. Petunias don’t like cold water, so let water warm up in a watering can before giving them a drink. → Read More

If you’ve got a few pots, you can grow hosta plants and grasses without much effort

Hosta plants and ornamental grasses can be grown in containers without too much effort. Spittle bugs in the rose garden are no cause for concern. → Read More

It’s time to plant tomatoes, Western Washington gardeners. Here are some tips.

It is time to plant tomatoes in Western Washington gardens. Make sure to put them in a place that gets heat. Cherry varieties grown well in containers. → Read More

June is when plants go through a growth spurt. Here are tips for keeping them happy

The longer days mean plants in the garden and lawn are having a growth spurt, so be sure to fertilize and water to keep up with rapid growth. → Read More

Pick up book by local author to learn how to grow herbs and cook with them

A book by Tacoma resident Sue Goetz gives tips on growing herbs in the garden and using and cooking with them in the kitchen. → Read More

Mid-May means it’s time to plant kale and spinach and fertilize the lawn

It’s mid-May, time for Pacific Northwest gardeners to plant kale, spinach and Swiss Chard in the vegetable garden along with seeds of cucumber, zucchini and green beans. Also, fertilize the lawn. → Read More

The middle of May is the time to put out hanging baskets and bedding plants

Mid-May means you now can safely put out hanging baskets of fuchsias, geraniums and mixed planters. It also is the time to set out bedding plants such as petunias, marigolds and geraniums. → Read More

Gardening in May should be about blueberries and greens, but never tomatoes

Northwest gardeners should be planting blueberries and greens in their containers and gardens in May. Tomatoes should wait until June. → Read More

The end of April means it’s time to pay attention to your rhododendrons

Rhododendrons like shade, but they’ll produce more blooms if you plant them in a spot where they get some sun. Here are some other tips for taking care of the flowering shrubs. → Read More

Here are some tips for raising a vegetable garden in containers

Vegetables can be grown in small spaces, like on patios or decks, using containers. Here are some tips for growing tomatoes, eggplants, Swiss Chard and other plants in a container garden. → Read More

It’s April. Time to start thinking about your lawn

April means Western Washington homeowners are thinking about lawn care. Here are tips for aerating, fertilizing and watering the grass. → Read More

Here are some do’s and don’t do’s for April gardening in Western Washington

Here is a list of tips for gardening in April in Western Washington. Among them: Pull weeds, prune dead branches, plant cold season crops likes peas. But don’t put out the tomatoes. → Read More

Steal ideas from gardeners in other parts of the world to help beautify your landscape

The Dutch, French and Italians all use techniques local gardeners can borrow from to beautify their own gardens. Put already flowering bulbs in containers. Plant pastel flowers. Use terra cotta containers. → Read More

Keeping deer out of your garden isn’t easy, but there are solutions

There are products available to help keep deer out of your garden. Also, now is a good time to transplant flowers from pots to the yard. → Read More

Early spring is the time to plant seeds in the garden. Here are some tips.

Seeds are a great and inexpensive way to grow plants for your garden. Early spring is the best time to plant many vegetable types or start them inside. → Read More

There’s lots to do in the yard now, like spreading compost and planting pansies

The second week of March is time to fertilize the lawn, plant perennials and hardy annuals like pansies, sow seeds of lettuce and chard in the garden and add more roses and berry plants to your landscape. → Read More

Layer your way to an easier to maintain landscape

A layered landscape is a way to garden with less maintenance, less water and fewer chemicals. Learn about it at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show. → Read More

Grab the shearers and mulch, it's time to freshen up your groundcovers

Now that the soil is warm you’ll notice all seeds sprout sooner and heat-loving plants will successfully transplant into the soil. → Read More

Early March is a good time to ‘pre-sprout’ peas, divide daylilies and prune clematis

Early March is a good time to pre-sprout your peas, divide your daylilies and prune your clematis. → Read More