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The weather this week-end should be great for gardening and dog walking!

Radio Show: January 13 (noon to 1 p.m.)

Today I am talking veggie gardening with Veralea Swayne, instructor at Tilth Alliance, formerly Seattle Tilth. We will talk about growing plants from seed, when to start many types of veggies and factors involved like bottom heat, light, temperature, etc. We'll also talk about the courses on offer from Tilth Alliance.

Recently, Sam Benowitz, fruit growing expert and owner of Raintree Nursery joined me to. talk about new varieties of fruit to grow and growing tips. You can catch Sam at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival (February 7 through 11) at the Raintree Nursery booth (#2333). He will be speaking on Saturday, February 10 at 3:15 p.m.: 'Start Your Fruit Trees and Berries Off Right'.

My upcoming appearances:

In late January, catch me at the Tacoma Home & Garden Show.

Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m.: Show and Tell with Ciscoe.

Sunday, January 28 at 1 p.m.: Perennially Attractive

In early February, it's time for the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. I will be appearing twice on Friday.

Friday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the Designer's Arena: Container Wars.

Friday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Rainer Room: Life's Lessons: What 30 Years of Gardening Have Taught Me.

Garden Tasks

The new Hellebore blossoms will soon be exploding. Cut off the old leaves now so that you'll be able to see the show.


Recently, Alex Winstead and I talked about indoor mushroom kits from Cascadia Mushrooms.

Rain gardens

KING5 recently teamed up with 12,000 Rain Gardens. Rain gardens are a smart and proven way of using beautiful landscaping to: beautify and improve homes and neighborhoods, reduce flooding, clean our waterways, protect our precious natural habitats and save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and massive utility construction projects. Check out their Resource Page, in particular the WSU Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington.

You can find rain garden design and construction tips on the DIY Network, part of HGTV. The rain gardens shown were constructed in the Western Washington cities of Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Puyallup, Seattle and Kirkland.

New Day Northwest: Next appearance in 2018 (January 22)

I am on New Day Northwest most Every Other Monday. Do you have a question or are you just curious about something around the garden? Submit your dilemma for consideration for a "Ciscoe Save Me" segment. Send an email (with pictures if possible) to and your question might make it on T.V.