Marianne Ophardt

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Tomato terms for novice gardeners

Marianne C. Ophardt is a horticulturist for the Washington State University Extension and writes a garden column for the Tri-City Herald. She talks about how terms novice gardeners may not know when it comes to growing tomatoes, like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrids.

Marianne Ophardt

Garden Tips: Gift ideas for gardeners

Marianne C. Ophardt is a horticulturist for the Washington State University Extension and writes a garden column for the Tri-City Herald. This week, Ophardt talks about gifts to give gardeners, including the Hori Hori knife and a harvest apron.

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.

Marianne Ophardt

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.

Videos

The National Zoo says final goodbye to Bao Bao the panda cub

The Smithsonian National Zoo said its final farewell to its panda cub Bao Bao on Tuesday. The zoo packed up the American-born panda, who is being sent to China, where the 3-year-old cub will eventually join a breeding program. She left the zoo in a special crate and will be traveling on a 16-hour, nonstop flight with a keeper and veterinarian.
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The National Zoo says final goodbye to Bao Bao the panda cub 1:21

The National Zoo says final goodbye to Bao Bao the panda cub

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Surgeon surprised when a coyote followed him into work

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VIDEO: Aerial view of damage to Oroville Dam's main spillway

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Sinkhole swallows two cars with passengers inside near Los Angeles