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Gardening in a Summer That’s Finally Arrived

I don’t mean to be a complainer, but is it too much to ask for just something about 2020 to be normal? After the coolest start to summer since 2002, we’ve finally turned a corner into a good stretch of sunny, warm weather. But with so much cool, damp weather to start the season, some aspects of gardening have proven challenging and may require extra attention on your part. As [...]

Battling the Effects of June Gloom

To say that this year has been unusual is in so many areas of life an understatement. And although the cool, damp weather we’ve had the last several weeks seems unusual, it’s not unprecedented—after all, Washingtonians are the ones who coined terms like “June gloom” and my favorite, “June-uary.” While the last few years have brought us beautiful weather in June, it’s not uncommon for gloomy weather to hang around [...]

A Welcome to New Gardeners

In the last two months, as the world has adjusted to the reality of COVID-19, more people than ever before have taken up gardening. Deemed essential businesses in most states, nurseries and garden stores are open to sell vegetable seeds and starts, flowers--and hope. Gardening is a hobby that relieves stress and gives you reason to get outside, so if you’re new to the hobby, welcome! This month, I’d like [...]

2020-05-13T05:02:38+00:00May 13th, 2020|Edibles, Fertilizer, Planting, Vegetables|0 Comments

Tomato Days 2020: 49-Cent Tomato Starts!

This year, more than ever before, we've found our customers are interested in growing their own food, both as a way to ensure their food supply and as an enjoyable stress reliever. Whether you're a first time gardener or have shopped with us for years, we're excited to help make your gardening budget go further with Tomato Days! Each year, on the first weekend in May, we offer a [...]

2020-04-23T14:07:51+00:00April 21st, 2020|Edibles, Fertilizer, Sale, Vegetables|0 Comments

Grow Your Own in Your Happy Place

Given all the seismic shifts to our way of life in March, it feels like far longer than a month ago I last sat down to write about gardening. And while much has changed over the last month, spring flowers continue to bloom, grass is still growing, and gardens are bursting back to life right on schedule. Gardening, unlike many events in our world today, is not cancelled—and for multiple [...]

2020-04-24T03:18:57+00:00April 14th, 2020|Edibles, Insect Control, Vegetables|0 Comments

Open For Business During COVID-19

Thank you to all of our customers who have supported us during Governor Inslee's 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order. As life begins to return to normal and you get out to shop more, please remember the following when shopping with us: Masks: Effective July 7, Governor Inslee has required us to only serve customers wearing masks, so please remember to mask up prior to entering the store so that [...]

2020-07-09T14:00:42+00:00March 25th, 2020|Design, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making the Most of Spring Gardening

Rudyard Kipling once wrote, “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” To be fair, this hobby we call gardening can be downright hard work sometimes, but what joy to see a garden flourish and know that you played some small part in refining its beauty. With spring officially here, it's time to enjoy working the soil once again. As you start gardening [...]

Rain or Shine, Get Ready for Spring

Like most Washingtonians, I love a good rain—at least the first few of the season. But frankly, I think even the most enthusiastic pluviophiles among us (extra points if you don’t have to look it up!) are ready for a good stretch of sunny, dry weather. As you gear up for early spring in the garden, here are a few can’t-miss tasks to make time for this month. First, before [...]

2020-02-14T04:13:52+00:00February 14th, 2020|Fruit, Lawn Care, Plant Care, Pruning, Roses, Shrubs|0 Comments

Fruit Trees — Grow Your Own!

Early spring is here, and along with it comes the perfect time to plant fruit trees in your your garden for a great harvest in the years to come. At Vander Giessen Nursery, we have a wide selection of fruit trees in stock right now and ready for transplanting into your yard. Most of the fruit trees we carry are dwarf varieties, meaning that while they'll bear a full [...]

2020-05-12T14:17:48+00:00January 30th, 2020|Edibles, Fruit, Planting|2 Comments

Preparing Your Plants for a Winter Wallop

Mild though it’s been so far, winter in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t typically arrive until about the time we start thinking about spring. After last February’s bitter cold winds and blowing snow, remember that there is plenty of potential for winter weather for at least the next six weeks, and maybe as soon as this weekend if forecasters are correct. As you prepare for whatever winter weather may soon arrive, [...]

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