Monthly Archives: September 2005

Coffee Grounds and Rhodie disease

Q. Dear Peter, 1. the local Starbucks store saves coffee grounds for gardeners like us. I know that Blueberries and Roses like acidic soil. What other fruits, vegetables and flowers thrive in soil made acidic with coffee grounds? 2. One … Continue reading

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Soil building compost

Q. Peter, we live at Harvest Gate in Puyallup in the Summit area where the underlying soil is clay and very rocky. I believe you recommended as an excellent soil builder a compost mixture that will sit over the winter … Continue reading

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Christmas cactus rarely blooming?

Q. We have a Christmas cactus that continues to grow but rarely blooms. We have it in a garden window but it is still quite shaded. Do I need to put it in a dark room and water it for … Continue reading

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Please don’t strip the topsoil

Q. Hi Pete, My wife and I moved into a great house last year, with some fruit trees and several gardens from the original owner. i have many questions but i’ll just ask you one. i cleaned out an area … Continue reading

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Dogwood Anthracnose Battle

Q. For years we have been fighting a losing battle with an anthracnose infected dogwood. We finally decided to cut and remove it this fall. However, next to the dogwood is a mountain ash that has also been infected, but … Continue reading

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