Flower Fireworks

Flower Fireworks and Metro’s 10th Annual Garden Tour

AM Northwest July 3, 2008 natural gardening segment

Carl Grimm

1. Attend Metro’s 10th annual Gardens of Natural Delights™ tour and…

  • You can meet local celebrity gardeners… (image of a specific celebrity gardener)
  • Gather cost-effective tips you can use right away for a beautiful (and delicious) home garden… (image of a specific host garden) you can use right away for a beautiful (and delicious) home garden… (image of a specific host garden)
  • And see amazing flower fireworks… (image of a specific host garden) … (image of a specific host garden)
  • And all of these gardens and ideas are chemical free, making them safe for people, pets and our local rivers and streams. , making them safe for people, pets and our local rivers and streams.
… (image of a specific celebrity gardener) you can use right away for a beautiful (and delicious) home garden… (image of a specific host garden)… (image of a specific host garden) , making them safe for people, pets and our local rivers and streams.

Here to help you celebrate the season with your own flower fireworks, we have Carl Grimm with some ideas from the tour hosts whose beautiful gardens you just saw on your screen.

with some ideas from the tour hosts whose beautiful gardens you just saw on your screen.

2. The first step is always to prepare your soil with compost

  • Mix a little life into your soil with compost. Worms, fungi and bacteria hitchhike on the compost, then live in your soil where they continuously provide nutrients for your plants.
  • For a little home-made, all-organic fertilizer to boost your plant’s performance even more, tour host Mark Shepard of Oregon City uses coffee grounds, and tour hosts Anne Marsh and Gary Fear use corn gluten meal.
  • You can sprinkle both of these on the surface of the soil and scratch them in around existing plantings or dig them in before you plant.

3. When picking plants to pack a punch be sure they will thrive in your yard

  • Select plants for our dry summers, and for the amount of sun or shade you have, and they’ll have fewer problems and require less work.
  • These explosively colorful perennials and natives, available in many local nurseries, make for a great border bed or container planting, and are featured in host gardens on this year’s Gardens of Natural Delights tour.
  • Don’t forget to water wisely with drip tubing and weather-adjusted, automatic timers. Or if you’re using a garden hose, be sure to have an automatic shut off nozzle.

With compost-rich soil, plants adapted to your yard, and the right amount of water, you can grow your own flower fireworks without chemicals.

  • And this helps keep nature in our neighborhoods.

To learn more and get your free tickets to Metro’s Gardens of Natural Delights tour on July 13th, call 503-234-3000. For Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County residents only.

For Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County residents only.

For Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County residents only.

For more information, please call 503-234-3000.

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