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Growing edibles for fall, winter: start now

  • Written by Bill Thorness Author, Cool Season Gardener Courtesy of Molbak’s Garden+Home

Want to serve food from your garden at holiday dinners this year? It’s possible, if you get started now.

As you eye the tomato patch and hope for a good harvest, you could also be planning what will go next into that garden bed. When other summer crops come out, tasty cool-season crops can go in. They’ll use our gentle fall climate to get growing.

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Molbak’s Blooms & Tunes to kick-off Share Your Harvest

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Molbak’s is throwing a party to kick-off their annual Share Your Harvest (SYH) food drive and you’re invited! SYH is an annual community service program which benefits Hopelink’s local food banks. Gardeners are asked to bring their extra garden-fresh produce to the store Saturdays, Aug. 9 – Sept. 27. No need to pre-wash; just bag it and bring it. It’s that easy. Molbak’s will take care of the rest! Apples, beets, broccoli, carrots, all herbs, onions, oranges and tomatoes are especially appreciated.

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Water like a pro

  • Written by Molbak’s Garden+Home

Cool water splashing overhead, sliding on wet grass, almost everyone remembers running through the sprinkler on a hot, summer day.

But who knew that a conventional sprinkler can spray around 600 gallons of water an hour! The water crisis and conservation is on the forefront of the news, with demand for water in some states exceeding the natural supply. As we head into the driest part of the gardening season, Molbak’s has some tips and tools that can help you be environmentally conscious, conserve water and still have your garden and lawn looking healthy and beautiful.

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Ceanothus’ nectar-laden blossoms are like a bee buffet

  • Written by Molbak’s Garden+Home

What is a gardener’s best friend? Some say it’s those Felco pruners that fit perfectly in your hand, or that special Hula-ho cultivator, but few think about the tiny creatures that are essential to successful gardens everywhere — bees.
Gathering nectar and pollen, these lively insects soar and bounce, filling gardens with vitality and motion. Bees are essential for pollinating flowering crops and almost one-third of our food supply depends on their efforts. A typical honeybee can visit over 1,000 flowers a day — talk about being busy as a bee!

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New blue tomatoes boast blueberries’ nutritional benefits

  • Written by Molbak’s Garden+Home

Chilly, erratic maritime weather can make success with heat-lovers challenging for Pacific Northwestern gardeners. Since tomatoes are America’s favorite backyard crop, it’s good to have a few tricks up your sleeve. For starters, choose varieties with a strong regional track record. Cherry, grape and other cluster-type tomatoes also ripen reliably in cool-night climates like ours.

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