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Labor Day Week-end (Sep 4,5,6): Chimacum Woods Garden Open. 10 to 5 every day. Free!

More events are on the Events Page.

Radio Show: August 29

I am in the studio today taking all your garden questions.

Remember that my show airs from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on KIRO 97.3 FM.

Deterring Moles (Mint Mole Blaster Recipe)

Make up some Mint Mole Blaster as follows: Begin by running a couple of big handfuls of mint stems and leaves through the blender with just enough water to make slurry. Then mix the blended concoction into a large soup pot full of water and simmer for about 30 minutes. This will make a concentrate that can be diluted to make about 6 gallons of mole blaster. Whenever you detect mole activity, pour the diluted mixture into mole holes and around the surrounding area. Irrigate lightly after application if the soil is dry. The key to success seems to be persistence. The moles evidently hate the smell of mint and if all goes well, the varmints will pack their bags and set up shop in your neighbors' gardens.

Cool New Plants: Shown on NWCN, August 28

Here are the plants that I showed Friday night:

  • Echinacea Cone-fections 'Raspberry Truffle'
  • Carex flacca'Blue Zinger' - Carex flacca (Blue Sedge)
  • Salvia Suncrest 'Fire Dancer'
  • Gomphrena Pink Zazzle
  • Scrophularia macrantha 'Red Birds in a Tree'

Upcoming Appearances

  • Saturday, Sept 12 at The Grange is Issaquah.
  • Saturday, Sept 13 at Molbaks in Woodinville.

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Great Plant Picks

Going shopping at a plant sale or nursery? Check out plants on the Great Plant Picks list. This organization is full of experts chooing the best plants for our area. The plant of the week for August 29 is Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’.

Past plants chosen this year were

Mason Bees and Hot Weather

I just received word from the Master Gardeners that if you keep orchard mason bees, you need to act right away to give your mason bees some protection in this hot weather. The information comes from Crown Bees. Because of our unusual weather the mason bees are developing early and using up their stored fat and may not have enough to make it through the winter. Here is what you need to do: If in the Northwest, place all of your developing mason bees someplace cooler, like the north side of your house, in a cool garage, or similar. Don't place the bees into a refrigerator yet, but do have them in a cooler environment between 60-70°F. Northwest temperatures have been 10-15°F (5-9° C) higher than normal and bee expert Dave Hunter believes that next year's bees are in jeopardy right now.

Don't Neglect the Trees!

I recently talked to Nolan Rundquist, Seattle City Arborist. about the need to water trees during this drought. It is critical to water newly planted trees. Also remember that established trees would like a drink right away; then at least once a month until the fall rains begin.

Drought Tolerant Plants for Shade

On my NWCN show, I promised to list the drought tolerant plants that I am showing on TV. Here they are:

  • Aucuba japonica 'Picturata'
  • Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
  • Epimedium rubrum
  • Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata'
  • Mahonia x media 'Charity'

Pictures from Corsica

Here are a few pictures from hiking in the wilds of Corsica!


Announcing my next Garden Tour

I am hosting a garden tour to Australia in January of 2016! I love Australia! I love going down under in our winter! I love checking out great gardens! I love tasting local wine! I love good company! I love Kangaroos!

January 16 through Jan 31, 2016. The Super Bowl is Feb 7 so we will be home in plenty of time for the game.

If you are interested, contact Brad Cilly at Northwest Travel Service, 425-313-1691.

New Day Northwest: Next appearance - Monday, August 31

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.

Call Before You Dig

Digging in the Garden?

Don't be a dim dim. Make sure you call before you dig. Call 811 to schedule a utilities check. It's free!

Ask Evelyn

Recycling is Easy!

I live in Seattle and the Seattle Public Utilities makes recycling easy. Every year, they send out a flier to remind you what goes where but if you are unsure where to put something, you can Look it Up!