The end of Season 3 is here. This week’s show marks the end of our third season and it has been a tremendous success. Even though we are not going to be on the TV stations we will be posting brand new information regularly on the Garden Time website, so check out the new stories, videos, blogs and great garden events throughout the winter. We will see you again on TV when we start Season 4 at the end of February.
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Tsugawa Annual Christmas Open House
We got to jump start our holidays at Tsugawa Nursery (360-225-8750) in Woodland, Washington. Brian Tsugawa and his crew have dressed up the nursery in greens, ribbons and bows to kick off the holiday season. This weekend they have a huge party to help get you in the mood. The holiday open house features all kinds of Christmas decorations. They have decorated Christmas trees, poinsettias, refreshments and great gifts. On Saturday and Sunday you can learn how to make your own wreath or refresh your containers or learn how to make a Bonsai gift. You can also pick up a ‘live’ Christmas tree. Live trees are a great tradition for some families. They are a reminder of the holiday that you can have in your garden year-round. The key is knowing how to treat them during the holiday season so they survive and thrive. Brian recommends only having them inside for 5-7 days. Tsugawa’s has a huge variety of trees and all the instructions on keeping them healthy and happy.
The tastes of the holiday sometimes create the best memories. We found a potpourri of tastes at Bauman’s Farm and Gardens (503-792-3524). Brian filled us in on all the great events they have planned for the up-coming holidays. First we started in the bakery. There we saw all the great fresh-baked treats you can get for your home. We saw fresh bread, rolls, donuts and pies; including the new Bauman’s Berry Blast. This pie is a combination of 3 different berries, it is fantastic. Call Bauman’s now to order yours for the holidays. We also found some Berry Blast jam in the gift section of Bauman’s. In the gift area you can design your own gift basket to include many of the local products that Bauman’s offers or you can get one that is pre-made. Just bring your shopping list to take care of your holiday shopping. Stop by the farm on the weekend of December 5th and 6th and you can pick out your Christmas tree and listen to local school choirs during their annual Holiday Open House.
Grilling Prime Rib
Every year we end our season by stopping by the home of Deb and Jerry Yost. Jerry works at Gartner’s Meats (503-252-7801) and he loves to show us how easy it is to grill different cuts of meat. This year he raised it up a notch by grilling a prime rib on his Traeger grill. It was very easy to do. First he picked up a prime rib at Gartner’s. They cut the bone off the meat and then re-tie it on the meat for cooking. The night before, jerry applied a meat rub on the prime rib. Then he put the meat on the grill and seared it for a half-hour at 450 degrees. Then he turned the heat down to 350 and left it on for another 4 hours. For a rare/medium piece the internal temperature has to reach 125-130 degrees, for a medium piece it has to be 150 degrees. After it reaches the right temperature you take it off the grill and let it set under a piece of foil for 20 minutes (the meat is still cooking from the heat of the bone). Then you slice and serve. It was fantastic. If you are looking for help you can contact the experts at Gartner’s!
Jan’s November Tips
Everyone wants to go green, but what does that mean? We met up with retired OSU extension agent, Jan McNeilan to learn about how you can take little steps the will make your garden healthier and more organic. First Jan recommended looking at your soil. A good soil creates a good base for the overall health of your garden. Next she talked about plants and their care. Knowing where to place plants and how to diagnose problems goes a long way to helping them grow and thrive. There are lots of resources for helping you make the most out of your garden. OSU Extension, Master Gardeners, and your local garden center can help you determine problems and how to address them in a safe and effective manner. If you want to learn more, check out this list of tips that Jan put together.
Gifts for the Gardener
If you have a gardener in your family it may be hard to find the right gift for them. If you are having troubles check out this list of suggestions we put together. We also brought out a bunch of different gift ideas to show you on camera. You can always pick out a big gift like a fountain or fire pit, which will last for years, or you can focus on a favorite interest for your friend. If they love birds you can pick up some bird watching/feeding items. There are also tools, books, seeds, gloves and garden accents. The main thing is to not stress out about gifts for your gardener friends. As a gardener, they love things of beauty and the fact that you are thinking of them will make them enjoy you and your gift.
Nothing welcomes people to your home during the holidays like a wreath on your front door. We stopped by Smith Berry Barn(503-628-2172) to learn how you can add some special touches to your own wreath to make it something special. Joelle started with a basic wreath and then added a bow. The choice of the bow helps you determine the color and design you want to pursue. Next she worked in a systematic pattern around the wreath to create a special design. You can use different things on your wreath, from pinecones to small fruits to seed pods. If you need help you can stop by Smith Berry Barn for wreaths and materials. You can also get one that is already made. You can even have them shipped to your friends and family. Stop by check out their gift shop and pick out a wreath for yourself during their holiday open house on the 6th of December.
Timber Press Fall Books
The colder weather is driving everyone indoors, but you don’t have to give up on your love of gardening. You can always read some great gardening books. We stopped by Timber Press (1-800-327-5680) to check out four of the newest books they have to offer for the coming spring. Tom, the editor, started with the book ‘Plant Driven Design’. Normally designers will tell you to start with the hardscaping in your design and then add plants. This book tells you how to start with the plants you love, make your landscape beautiful, and then fill in around those plants. The next book is from local author, Sean Hogan, and is called ‘Trees for All Seasons’. This book focuses on broadleaf trees and picks ones that will work well in our climate. Sean has picked out a huge selection of trees and covers them in detail. The third book is for the garden photographer and is called ‘Macro Photography for Garden and Nature Lovers’. This book gets down and dirty with tips and techniques for getting some really great close-ups in your garden. Plus it isn’t just about plants, it has some great tight shots of insects too. The final book is the best of the bunch. It is the latest great reference book for the Northwest Gardener. It is the ‘Timber Press guide to Gardening in the Pacific Northwest’. This is the complete guide for being a successful gardener here. It has great micro-climate maps, growing guides and lists to help you be a great gardener! You can get Timber Press books at local bookstores or you can buy them on-line at Timber Press.