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  • The Westside Gardener
    ve put together May 6 So on a bit of a whim I decided to set up a Tumblr At the moment I m not sure how allied it will be with this site I suspect what ends up there will be pretty random February 2 GO SEAHAWKS December 8 From the Mailbag Fertilizer in Containers Note The page above contains one Amazon Affiliates product link which is clearly marked with the label Affiliates Link right next to it This is something new on The Westside Gardener It is unlikely that we will ever use very many of these sorts of product links but I will always make sure they are clearly identified so you don t click on one without realizing what it is November 23 From the Mailbag Pests on my Lovely Winter Kale October 31 From the Mailbag Overwintering Onions July 17 sorta From the Mailbag White Carrots March 5 The Cooperative Extension Service is a nationwide educational network run through the nation s land grant colleges Washington State University and Oregon State University in our case Among the many valuable resources they provide are the Master Gardeners programs which provide loads of printed and online materials

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  • About the Site: Some Notes for the First Time Visitor - The Westside Gardener
    s design Users of Internet Explorer and of older browsers should read this Who s the guy behind this site Odds are you really don t care Copyright notice This is important if you want to take images or text from this site and use them somewhere else Privacy notice ALL Web sites really should let people know how their personal information will be treated not that TWSG is collecting

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  • From the Mailbag: Pests on my Lovely Winter Kale! - The Westside Gardener
    would I add to this of this mix I am thinking maybe 1 cup per yard of soil for example but not sure We are using 3 gallon pots this year on our deck for tomatoes and other veggies and want to mix your receipt and give it a try this way I don t recommend it for pots The problem is most potting soil is sterile Dry organic fertilizers require soil fungi and bacteria to break the components down into simpler compounds plants can actually use I suppose it d be possible to inoculate the potting soil by adding garden soil to it but I m not convinced that would work very well There are commercial organic liquid fertilizers available though and those work fine for pots You can find them advertised on Territorial Seeds website or Johnny s Selected Seeds website or even Amazon com if you already know what specific fertilizer you want You can probably also find them at your local garden center The fertilizer I m currently using for my indoor pots is Liquinox Grow 10 10 5 affiliate link It s an organic based liquid fertilizer I buy the concentrate to save money it

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  • From the Mailbag: Pests on my Lovely Winter Kale! - The Westside Gardener
    individual leaves or chewing off the entire stalk Don t want to work that hard just to feed those guys Please advise if you now of humane repellents that would help keep them away We live close to Vancouver BC in Canada and have large trees in the yard Otherwise it is a great spot and the kale has produced wonderfully Thanks so much for any advice you can give I ve had similar issues in the past Around here it s generally been rabbits There are a number of organic repellent sprays you can purchase for this but the best solution I ve found is fencing or caging the beds Depending on the size of the animal that s eating your kale you can use something like the 2 x4 galvanized welded wire fence people use for livestock chicken wire or hardware cloth if the critter is small I usually buy the 4 foot wide stuff so I can fold the material into a long box that completely covers the bed rabbits won t generally climb but most other rodents can If you re reasonably sure the problem critter is a rodent you could try one of the repellent

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  • From the Mailbag: Overwintering Onions - The Westside Gardener
    varieties I got champion size onions Needless to say I m pretty disappointed this year My question is can I leave the thick stemmed undeveloped onions in the ground over winter with lots of leaves mounded around them so that they will hopefully size up in early spring My intuition is telling me this will probably not work but I m casting about for expert opinions Thanks Onions are biennial which you may already know so probably the bolting problem was due to the young plants seeing too much cold weather They thought they d overwintered in other words and so as it warmed up they thought it was time to make seed even though they were small But to answer your question it s not going to hurt anything to try it The individual plants that already bolted are probably not going to produce anything worthwhile but if you have some that didn t bolt I would expect they might produce a decent onion next spring although I bet they will bolt at that time So as long as you ve got the space I d say go for it If it doesn t work out all it s

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  • From the Mailbag: White Carrots? - The Westside Gardener
    eating them in case they are not healthy Are they safe to eat I would love to know what you think is the cause of this I suspect the seed in those packets you planted was produced on the cheap This just means that they didn t put a lot of time into culling out less desirable parents so the seed that got produced was somewhat variable and what ended

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  • Archived Front Page Posts - The Westside Gardener
    Territorial s live plants March 7 He s ba ack and with a new article Wait it s about the winter garden What s up with that I guess you ll have to read it and find out New article Overwintering carrots 2007 December 23 If like me you live in Pierce County Washington be sure to check out the Pierce Conservation District s 17th Annual Native Plant Sale They offer quite a few native trees shrubs and ground covers at very low prices usually sold in bundles of 10 plants For more information visit their plant sale page September 14 A number of my friends and family members prefer the original color version of my Drumheller photo so I went ahead and put both photos together on the page Take a look and let me know which version you prefer September 12 It isn t a garden photo in any way shape or form but I am really pleased with this shot of Drumheller Fountain I took at the University of Washington September 3 From the Mailbag What s eating my Rhododendron August 28 I ve added seedling photographs for peas and Claytonia Miner s Lettuce and updated the Minutina page August 27 I don t know how useful it will be but I ve decided to start archiving older entries as they get removed from this front page Everything from 2006 and 2007 is there The majority of older posts are also there but given my decidedly late start in working on this I must admit 2003 2004 and 2005 are not 100 complete August 25 We ve added some new images to our Vegetable Seedling Photographs pages and more are on the way August 17 New article Midsummer Garden Notes May 18 Video tutorial We re trying something new here at The Westside Gardener video I ve put together a short tutorial on transplanting tomatoes It s available in both large 13MB and small 1 9MB sizes You ll need at least version 7 of the free Quicktime Player but you should be able to watch using any web browser May 13 We had bumblebees all over this rhododendron that s near our back door today You d think it d be simple to get a photo of them but you d be wrong Here s one I thought turned out pretty well April 29 Why am I posting this rather uninspiring photgraph of a tomato seedling Well what s remarkable is that I had the opportunity to take it at all the seed was 14 years old When I started my tomatoes admittedly rather late March 25 on a bit of a lark I sowed a pot with about 20 Red Cherry seeds from a packet I purchased in 1993 Only two came up about a week behind the others but they did germinate April 22 New article A Wiseguy s Secret to Successful Transplanting April 15 New logo I really liked how a photo of

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  • Copyright Notice - The Westside Gardener
    send me a note telling me what you want to use and where it s going to be used Any JavaScript I ve written can be borrowed for your personal use without asking as long as all comments noting my authorship are not removed Feel free to link directly to any non password protected page on this site You do not need to ask my permission first This may seem

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