Seattle can be rather soggy most of the year which has its benefits, but it can also make it difficult to start your flower or food garden from seeds. Check out the plants our Floral Department carries seasonally to skip the seeds and learn when its best to do what in the garden. A little bit of work at the right time can minimize work and problems.

Spring

What to do:

1. Add a few inches of compost (what you made last summer will be ready to use!!) to your flower beds and keep the weeds in check; if you get rid of weeds before they go to seed or develop roots you'll have less to deal with later. Fertilize now if needed.

2. Replace or mix new mulch around trees and shrubs now which will feed plants and reduce watering needs in the summer.

3. Consult the Farmer's Almanac to determine and unusual weather for the summer. Consult our floral department representatives to see what plants do best in severe weather conditions.

4. Plant your summer harvest fruits and veggies now.

Summer

What to do:

1. If you haven't done it yet, mulch your tress and shrubs now! Early summer is also the best time of year to mulch your flower beds.

2. If you are planning a vegetable garden, plant your winter veggies now.

3. Do not be tempted to over water your garden or lawn. Let the plants and soil be your guide, the soil should be dry at least an inch or so down and the plants will show you when its time for them to be watered.

3. Enjoy all the hard work you did this spring and enjoy your garden! (Just make sure to do maintenance as needed.)

Fall

What to do:

1. If you are planning on adding new shrubs or trees to your garden add them now when the soil is still warm so they can develop strong roots in preparation for a long dry summer.

2. Clean up your flowerbeds and remove spent plants, they make great hiding places for slugs.

3. Spread out leaves or compost in preparation for planting your spring garden. The best time to plant for a spring harvest is late September.

4. Feed your compost pile and cover it with plastic to keep the rain out.

Winter

What to do:

1. Winter is the best time to prune your trees and shrubs as they are dormant this time of year.

2. A late winter cleanup of your garden or flowerbed can make for much less weeding in the spring, it is also a great time to prune back your perennials.

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