The Garden in August

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist One of the most fun and entertaining parts of gardening for me, is having the opportunity to slow down from the busy pace of everyday life, taking the time to be observant and allowing my curiosity to ask questions and follow up to find the answers.  For instance, the…

Read more

The Garden in July

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist Well gardening friends, I have good news and I have bad news.  Let’s dispense with the bad news first.  I am leaving Christianson’s Nursery after 13 years.  I like gardening so much that I’ve decided to do it for a living!   Just to give you an idea of…

Read more

The Garden In June

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist I don’t know about you, but when it comes to tent caterpillars, I’ve had just about enough.  They’re everywhere-in my boots, crawling up the side of the house, swimming in the dog’s water bowl and oh yeah, munching triumphantly on nearly every leafy plant in my garden!  I’ve stepped…

Read more

The Garden in May

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist When I was growing up, my Mom was always spending her free time in the garden.  How she managed to have free time as a single working mother of two I’ll never understand.  But, she did.  Now I understand that spending time in the garden was the best way…

Read more

The Garden in April

April is such an industrious month!  Birds are busy building nests, bees are out and about pollinating and building up their colonies, and slugs are on the warpath once again.  It’s all happening in tune with the drone of the gardener’s lawn mowers and the creak of sore backs bent low over the garden beds. …

Read more

The Garden in March

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist Over the winter I took advantage of the “off” season by taking a few classes (actually, a lot of classes!) in hopes of honing my skills as a gardener and exposing myself to new ideas.  They ranged from raising goats to keeping honey bees, and from identifying garden pests…

Read more

The Garden in Febuary

  By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist In February, I am all optimism!  Spring is not far off, and I look forward to it as though I am anticipating a long awaited party.  (Or for the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl-GO HAWKS!)  I see spring in the green tips of daffodils pushing up from…

Read more

The Garden In January

  By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist Most people try pretty hard to not go outside in the winter around here.  I can’t blame them too much; after all, it’s usually wet, cold, dark, blustery, or any combination of said winter weather (sometimes it’s all at the same time and then some!)  However, I’ve really…

Read more

The Garden in December

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist It seems to me that the sunrise in winter is so much more beautiful than at other times of the year.  Maybe it’s because the sun is so seldom seen here in December, that when the clouds part and I am able see the peach and rose hues of…

Read more

The Garden in November

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist   We’ve entered into the blustery wet month of November. I don’t know about you, but I always feel energized and uplifted when the wind is blowing and the leaves are flying like spinning dervishes all around.  The wildness of it makes me want to smile and get silly…

Read more

Christianson’s Famous Molasses Cookies

  1  1/3 cup butter 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup molasses (dark) 4 cups flour 4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 tsps cinnamon 2 tsps ginger Beat butter until soft and add sugar; add one egg at a time, then molasses.  Combine all dry ingredients together and sift.  Add several tablespoons…

Read more

The Garden in October

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist October in the garden is so quintessentially autumnal for me.  Mornings are cool and drippy with dew (if not down right soggy from the rain the night before) and spider webs are draped artfully from shrub to tree, each strand beaded with moisture.  Colors stand out vividly despite being…

Read more