About Kris_Wetherbee

I was born and raised under the green thumbs of my parents, who instilled in me a love of gardening. Through the years I've developed my skills, learned the ropes and nurtured that passion through classes, studies and other learning opportunities as well as professional experience that includes time spent as a certified organic market grower, garden coach and designer. Together with my husband we have developed, nurtured and maintained several gardens on our own property, including a Tuscan courtyard garden, cottage garden, herb garden, wildlife garden, kitchen garden, and a fruit and berry orchard.

  1. Garden Solutions Center I purchased a gerbera plant in full bloom a month ago. Now I have no flowers. The leaves are very healthy. How can I get more flowers ? The stems where the flowers were are still there. Should I pull them? Please advise I miss the flowers they were beautiful.

    Hi Sheila.hondaa. Gerberas do indeed have beautiful blooms and a long blooming period at that, especially in temperate zones such as yours. But to keep the flower show coming again and again you need …
  2. Garden Solutions Center I have a rocky area along my nort property border and would like to put raised bed along the property line for vegetables or other plants. Do you have any suggestions that won't break the bank?

    If you have access to rocks you can stack them with cement in-between to make an inexpensive raised bed, though it does require a lot of time and effort to build. I like to use salvage materials that …
  3. Garden Solutions Center How long does it ypically take grass to come out of dormancy once the weather starts to warm up?

    Hi, preiter181. The answer to your question is that it all depends on the type of grass you're growing (warm-season grass versus cool-season grass. Cool season grasses like blue grass and fescues will…
  4. Garden Solutions Center Kris, I love your recent blog about cabbage, thanks! I love growing cabbage, and broccoli, and brussel sprouts. But it seems I get aphids every time I grow them. Any tips on how to fight them? Thanks, Dan

    Hi Dan. The easiest way to get rid of aphids is to spray the plant with an insecticidal soap spray, which can be purchased at the garden center of your local Kmart. Introduce natural predators to your…
  5. Garden Solutions Center Grass maintenance tips after the thaw?

    I feel for you and for everyone who has dealt with record snows and unseasonably frigid temperatures this winter. Many valuable plants have been lost, I'm sure. The best thing you can for your law…
  6. Garden Solutions Center I have a large slab in my backyard, used as a basketball court for the previous owners. I don't play and I love to garden and it's such a large piece of hot concrete in the summer. Can I plant raised beds on top of the concrete?

    Yes, you can. In fact, we did something similar about 10 years ago when we built raised beds on the "parking lot" of compacted gravel in front of our home. Keep in mind the higher the raised bed, the …
  7. Garden Solutions Center Good Garden reference book or magazine subscription for a beginning gardener?

    Hi JulieK! A great place to start for a magazine subscription is at Kmart's online store (http://www.kmart.com/search=garden%20book%20or%20magazine?catalogId=10104&storeId=10151&levels=Books+%…
  8. Garden Solutions Center How to repel snails/slugs safely from my vegetable/fruit/herb gardens?

    Hi Nanci! I've tried many different ways to repel/destroy snails and slugs in the garden. Here in Oregon, slugs are abundant! Traps are messy and don't make enough of a dent to control the slug/sn…
  9. Garden Solutions Center How do you grow orchids?

    All you need to grow about orchids can take an entire book. There is a vast selection of different types to choose from, and each type has its own special needs. But keeping these tips in mind will he…
  10. Garden Solutions Center how to re-seed your lawn

    The key to successful reseeding is to create a fine seed bed and good seed-to-soil contact. To do this you need to first pull any weeds from the area being reseeded. Next, loosen the soil to a depth o…
  11. Garden Solutions Center when should I re-seed my lawn

    The best time to reseed a lawn in your area depends on the type of turf you have. For cool-season grasses--such as fescues, Kentucky bluegrass or ryegrasses--you want to seed when the air temperatures…
  12. Garden Solutions Center grass seed for shady area

    Your best bet for your shady area is to go with a cool season grass. For areas with partial to moderate shade, look for single grasses or mixes containing rye, Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, creepin…
  13. Garden Solutions Center How often should I de-thatch and when is the best time?

    The best time to dethatch in your area is early fall, which is right about now. This gives the lawn plenty of time to recover before winter sets in. As to the next best time, that would be early sprin…
  14. Garden Solutions Center I have a lilac tree/bush which has taken over our front porch and about 10ft tall covering two front windows next to front door. When and how do I trim the lilac tree/bush? or should I move it to another location in the yard?

    Sounds like your pruning needs are a bit extensive. That said, the best time to rejuvenate a bush via pruning is in mid- to late-winter when the shrub/tree is dormant. If the amount of pruning require…
  15. Garden Solutions Center What is the best way to compost in South Florida?

    You can still compost your food waste. All you need are carbon rich materials such as dried leaves, plant and garden trimmings, newspapers (no glossy paper), used paper towels or toilet paper rolls, s…
  16. Garden Solutions Center My Lawn has some spots of disease and several kinds of grass, which are ugly. What is the best way to kill off these problums and start a new lawn.

    It all depends on the extent of the disease and/or damage. Brown spots, for example, can be caused by overuse of herbicides, improperly applied fertilizer, dogs relieving themselves on the lawn, or ev…
  17. Garden Solutions Center Should I use costal hay as much in a vegetable garden?

    Hey webjockey -- no worries about using coastal hay (also known as coastal bermuda hay) as mulch in your veggie garden as it's one of the best of the hays for using as mulch. It's a finer hay, so it b…
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