Author Archives: Colleen Miko

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20+ years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.

A Win for Pollinators in WA

Great news for pollinators in WA state!  The Governor signed SB 5253 into law this spring, establishing an impactful pollinator health policy.  Did you know that pollinator species are critical to our wild spaces and agriculture?  In addition to over … Continue reading

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Planted Garden Video Television Debut

Episode One of Planted will be televised starting May 20, 2021 to local audiences on Comcast channel 12 and WAVE Broadband channel 3. The schedule for the month of June: Sundays 4pm, Mondays 9pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am Pacific … Continue reading

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Vegetable Pest Prevention Video

This update includes links to the new Planted garden video segment on “Using Floating Row Cover”–my favorite tool for vegetable pest prevention.  Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/543857631 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YzDTJc_J5I In my edible garden, floating row cover (also known by brand names like Reemay … Continue reading

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Planted: New Garden Video Series

Seeds well-planted eventually germinate.  If you’re like me, when the tiny green life breaks through the soil you want to tell the world! With pleasure, I introduce Planted, the new garden video series rooted in Kitsap County.  I’ve been working … Continue reading

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Knowing Shade

Shade.  When we garden in the Maritime Pacific Northwest (or anywhere), we ought to welcome it.  Adore it.  Explore it. With majestic trees comes the blessing of shade and its numerous quirky personalities. Beyond bland generalities of part shade or … Continue reading

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Let It All Soak In: Rain Garden Resources

Thank you for joining me for an webinar introduction to Rain Gardens. Here is a list of resources specific to Western WA and Clark County, WA: Publications Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners.  WA Department of Ecology Publication Website. … Continue reading

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Tonight: Let It All Soak In, Rain Garden Webinar (free!)

Let it All Soak In: A Rain Garden Webinar – TONIGHT–April 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm A stunning landscape feature and stormwater device all in one!  Rain gardens are a unique way to protect your local creek, lake or shoreline … Continue reading

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Easy Home-Grown Sprouts

Sprouts are nutritious and add crunch, texture and flair to dishes.  If you love sprouts, you’ll know that finding them at even the best stocked grocery store is difficult.  Delicate and perishable, when available, they tend to come in plastic … Continue reading

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Let It All Soak In: A Rain Garden Webinar (free!)

Let it All Soak In: A Rain Garden Webinar – April 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm A stunning landscape feature and stormwater device all in one!  Rain gardens are a unique way to protect your local creek, lake or shoreline … Continue reading

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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Fresh AIR

Sometimes I forget that I am blessed with options and get caught up in self-imposed, rigid ways of doing and being.  To counter this, I have decided to be an “Artist-in-Residence” this month. You may be familiar with these programs.  … Continue reading

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