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.

Peas: Sweet & Snappy

It’s time to plant peas–we’re a few weeks from average last frost date (April 15th in Kitsap County). Last year I grew snow peas (a favorite from my childhood); this year I’ve chosen sugar snap.  And because I love fragrant … Continue reading

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Bees, Please!

Savvy gardeners are learning how important bees and other pollinators are to a healthy and abundant garden.  A healthy garden is a balanced eco-system with plentiful habitat for beneficial insects. We can say “Bees, Please!” by limiting our  pesticide use, … Continue reading

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Snowdrops & Sunshine

What a treat to have sunshine these last few days to peruse the garden for late winter blooms! I collected a handful of double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’) this week for a friend. Their diminutive charm and sweet but … Continue reading

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Gardening Through Art Workshops

Friend, local artist, teacher and family farmer Elise Watness Maupin of Joyful Plant is hosting a new set of Gardening Through Art workshops starting next month.  She’s inviting folks of all experience levels to participate in monthly classes for discovery … Continue reading

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Garden Journal Feedback

THANK YOU to all of you who came out for my presentation last week “Rooted in Observation: The Garden Journal.”  I was thrilled to see so many friendly faces and meet new friends while sharing a topic that I truly … Continue reading

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Start Garden Journaling in 2020

The first seed catalog arrived in my mail this week. It’s the time of year when garden plans are swirling around my head, fueled by weather and holiday-driven indoor days. With my journal by my easy chair, I’ve been penning … Continue reading

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Edible Garden Evolution: Raised beds

  My original garden was row-style, which afforded a lot of flexibility. No borders allowed me to expand on all sides as I pulled blackberries and amended soil gradually over the years.  I broadcast cover crop seed liberally over the … Continue reading

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Evergreen Violet–Native Plant Fix

Viola sempervirens (evergreen violet) We are blessed with many native violets in the Pacific Northwest–blue, white and yellow flowered.  My hands down favorite is the sweet, little yellow violet with evergreen foliage.  When it comes into bloom it’s a charming sight. So diminutive and plain-clothed in it’s greenery, … Continue reading

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Edible Garden Evolution

Edible Garden Evolution: “Recognition: If we wait to do this entirely on our own, it will never happen” Summer 2014 I hired my good friend and edible garden consultant, Gayle Larson (Dancing Raven Design) for a few hours to evaluate my … Continue reading

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Edible Garden Evolution

Edible Garden Evolution: The “Design Phase” A new garden does not happen over night; I can testify to this. Books and videos make it seem so; all you need is grid paper, a shovel, and a little elbow grease, right?  Well, … Continue reading

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