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Common Sense Gardening Guides

Common Sense Gardening Guides are available in several ways: (1) select a guide below and print, (2) call 360-867-2674, (3) visit a participating nursery, or (4) request by mail (Washington State residents only, please).

  • Aphids [PDF]
  • Calendar [PDF] this seasonal calendar helps South Sound gardeners plan their chores to optimize Common Sense Gardening techniques. The calendar includes information on natural lawn care, least-toxic pest control, disease prevention, and when to time these activities by season.
  • Fertilizer [PDF] tips for choosing fertilizers and the best time to fertilize northwest lawns, vegetable and flower gardens, and berries
  • Natural Lawn Care [PDF] including lawn disease, crane flies, weeds, etc.
  • Natural Yard Care [PDF]
  • Plan Before You Plant [PDF] landscape planning
  • Plant Lists [PDF] for Pacific Northwest
  • Pressure-Treated Wood [PDF] how to reduce your family's exposure to arsenic treated wood
  • Root Weevils [PDF] all about root weevils that feed on broadleaf evergreens, like rhododendrons and azaleas
  • Roses [PDF] growing beautiful roses without toxic pesticides
  • Vegetable Rotation [PDF]   garden rotation plans to grow stronger, healthier plants with delicious results!
  • Weeds [PDF] outsmart weeds the safe way, without herbicides

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Beneficial Insects

Black Spot, Baking Soda Recipe

See Common Sense Gardening Roses [PDF] for baking soda recipe.

Compost and Worm Bins

Plant Lists


Soil Testing

Sources and Suggested Reading

  • Common Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets, and Community by William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, and Helga Olkowski, The Taunton Press, Newton, CT, 1996
  • Ecologically Sound Lawn Care for the Pacific Northwest by David McDonald, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA, 1999
  • Month by Month Reminders for Sound Gardening by Mason County Master Gardeners, 1999
  • The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide: Planning Calendar for Year-Round Organic Gardening by Seattle Tilth, Seattle Tilth Association, Seattle, WA, 2000
  • Weeds: Control Without Poisons by Charles Walters Jr., Acres USA Publishers, Kansas City, MO, 1991

Weed Control


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To receive the above guides by mail (WA residents only),
call 360-867-2674
  • Common Sense Gardening
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