Marianne Ophardt

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Winter squash and pumpkins are signs of autumn

Marianne Ophardt is a columnist for the Tri-City Herald, and she writes the Garden Tips feature. This week, Marianne Ohpardt talks about how squash is a member of the gourd family that has edible flesh. A winter squash is squash that is harvested when it is mature with fully developed seeds. When mature, a winter squash has a tough skin or rind that enables it to be stored for a month or more, depending on the type of squash and storage conditions.

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Garden Tips: Plant fall container gardens now

Marianne Ophardt in her Garden Tips column says that creative gardeners can use perennial herbs and flowers, ornamental grasses, shrubs and even frost tolerant vegetables in the planters for something different. Marianne Ophardt is a columnist and says perennials that survive the winter can then be relocated to the garden next spring. If you decide to depart from the ordinary and plant perennial flowers, herbs or even shrubs, even plants hardy for our region (Zone 6) may succumb to winter cold.

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Repotting orchids is easier than you think

Today, you can go into almost any store that sells houseplants and find blooming orchids available at reasonable prices. Orchids are no longer exotic plants grown only in the tropics or by experts with greenhouses. You and I can grow them fairly easily in our homes, but the care does differ from that of other houseplants.

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Garden Tips: Fall lawn care pays off next spring

Fall is the most important time of year for fertilizing your lawn. Applications of lawn fertilizer in early September and again in late October to early November are the two most important times of year to fertilize your lawn. Even though grass top growth slows during the cooler days of fall, grass plants continue to grow sideways by producing tillers that become new grass plants. By fertilizing in late fall, you promote the production of healthy tillers that will result in a denser turf next year.

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Watch for destructive Japanese beetles in Northwest

The Tri-City Herald’s Garden Tips columnist Marianne Ophardt is a horticulturist for the Washington State University Benton County Extension. Marianne Ophardt in her garden tips column talks about how Japanese beetles have been found in Oregon but hopefully not Washington state. The Japanese beetle “is probably the most devastating pest of urban landscape plants in the eastern United States.”

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Garden Tips: Now is a good time to consider planting cover crops

Garden Tips columnist Marianne Ophardt is a horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension. Marianne Ophardt in her garden tips column talks about cover crops, and that they are planted and then tilled back into the soil, primarily for the purpose of adding organic matter. Cover crops also reduce soil erosion from wind and water, and the the relief of soil compaction by crop roots.

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