Clip of the Week: Preparing Your Raised Vegetable Garden

March 5, 2010 at 12:00 AM 2 comments

Happy Friday, everyone!  Boy, what a beautiful day we’re having in Washington today.  I hope the weekend stays this nice so we can all have some good opportunities for gardening!

This week’s video is about preparing the soil in your raised vegetable garden.  However, it can really apply to several different types of gardens.  Just make sure you follow the directions on all of your products to the “t.”

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For those of you up North with a little time on your hands this weekend, I will be speaking at Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse in Mount Vernon, Washington this Saturday, March 6th.  I hope to see you all there!



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  • 1. Roger Bush  |  March 5, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Mr. Hume,
    Thank you for the terrific workshop at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show. It was my wife’s and my first experience with someone of your expertise. You gave us so many ideas for improving our gardening experiences.
    However, I must apologize that neither of us jotted down your suggestion for getting ride of the “black” discoloration/blight that has been affecting our peonies the past several years. Would you be so kind as to email us with the solution?
    Secondly, when should we thatch our lawn? It is four years old and becoming very matted. (We have lived in our Frederickson home for the last 24 years in a “small micro-climate” zone with temperatures 2-4 degrees warmer and 4 degrees cooler than that reported in the TNT for McChord AFB.)
    Thank you for being so available to help!

    • 2. edhume  |  March 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

      Hi Roger:
      The black growth you are referring to is called Peony Botrytis (Gray Mold). There are several methods for taking care of it. One of the most effective I have found over the years is to spray the new growth as it emerges from the soil in late Winter or earliest Spring with copper. You can use “Microcop,” spraying it on the new growth when it is about 4 inches high. Read and follow application directions on the label.
      Hope this information helps.
      Wishing you a most successful gardening season!
      -Ed Hume


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