This website is no longer active (archived)

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Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Garden Ramblings | Posted on 17-12-2016

This website represents the result of my many years of work as a garden communicator which included this website (which originated in 1996) television segments for Comcast, radio programming and garden writing for newspapers and for the web. There is still a lot of valuable information here which is why I am keeping it available.

I am now focusing on my childhood passion for vegetable gardening and small scale food production. Visit my new website: PeterPunzi.com.

 

South Puget Sound Plant Sale

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Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Garden Ramblings | Posted on 10-05-2012

My students, staff and I are gearing up for the South Puget Sound Community College’s Horticulture Program Plant Sale:

For those of you who are in the Puget Sound region here is more information:
The Horticulture Program through the Plant Production & Marketing class will be holding the 38th Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday May 11th & 12th from 9am to 4pm both days. The sale is up at the greenhouses (Building 30 on the college map). Ed Hume will be joining us from 11am – 12pm on Saturday to answer questions.
http://hort.spscc.edu/node/13

The hummers are coming!

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Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Garden Ramblings | Posted on 28-02-2012

Last Thursday as I left for work I heard a familiar thrumming and called out “Is that you Hummer?”  Within a split second there was not more than three feet in front of me a Rufous hummingbird.  I said “I guess I should put the feeder out”  I think she agreed!

Be on the lookout and get your feeders cleaned!

Peter Punzi – Horticulture Guy

Talking on Pruning Trees Today

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Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Garden Ramblings | Posted on 27-01-2012

Will be giving a talk today (Friday) at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show at 3pm – “The Homeowners Guide to Pruning Trees”  http://www.otshows.com/ths/

What’s the deal with Brussels Sprouts?

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Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Garden Ramblings | Posted on 04-04-2011

Question: Peter, please tell me”How and When” I can grow brussel sprouts!   I consider myself reasonably intelligent, but some seed pkgs. are so confusing.  No two seem to say the same.   Help….thanks Peter.  Carol – Lakewood, WA 

Answer: Well you know Cisco isn’t the only garden communicator who likes Brussels Sprouts! We like to cut them in half and pan roast them.  Simple answer to your question is to plant them like their brassica kin – cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower (they are actually the same species of plant and distinct subspecies due to man’s selection of them over the centuries).  The reason for the seemingly varying information is two-fold.  There are early, mid and late season varieties of Brussels Sprouts and they can be grown as a spring or fall crop.  They prefer cool weather and often taste best when they mature in the fall and receive a frost (the starches in the leaves turn to sugar to provide frost protection – like antifreeze) as they are sweeter.  So they could all be started in the spring like the other brassicas and mature sequentially or planted at various times in the summer to coincide with maturation in the fall.  Clear as mud?