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Colorful drifts of nectar-rich wildflowers aren't just for looks - they draw pollinating insects in droves to the gardens. This helps certain vegetables set more fruit and helps boost pollinator populations.
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Every year, the flowers are different - this year's display gardens include flowers like Alyssum and coriander, considered "superfoods" for pollinating insects.
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These plastic hoops are set up year-round. In winter, crops like lettuce, cabbage and broccoli grow better with the added warmth and are protected from sudden freezes. In summer, the plastic is removed for cool-season crops and half-lifted for warm-season crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. The extra warmth results in earlier, heftier crops.
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Another shot of the hoop structures in action. These raised beds are also especially nice: wide enough to feel like real beds, but with a wooden walking path in the center to prevent stepping on the soil (thereby compacting it). The sides are also wide enough to sit on or walk on easily.
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What gardener doesn't wish for a cold frame? It's a fantastic place to start early flats of seed in spring, keep certain crops safe from insects or rodents and to keep young plants warm during marginal weather.
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Grow cucumbers and other trailing, vining vegetables on stakes to save space. It works especially well with smaller fruit. Larger fruit would require netting to prevent large fruit from bending and breaking vines.
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Fig trees can grow immense in our climate and their huge leaves create dense shade below. If you want figs but don't have a 20-30' area to devote to them, consider espaliering them. They take well to pruning and can be kept flat against a building or on wires (as done here).
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In the PNW, peaches suffer from a fungal disease called peach leaf curl. It can be so bad in a wet spring that the tree completely defoliates. This disfiguring problem can be avoided by espaliering the peach (or nectarine) and growing it under a plastic cover so that the rain-borne disease spores do not land on the tree during the early spring. This structure looks so good, you barely notice the little corrugated plastic "roof" on top.
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