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murback’s Question

You discussed raspberries today in the TNT article which prompted my two questions: 1. When the raspberries start to die back because they are done producing, do you water less or continue water the same amount. A follow-on question - do raspberries like a lot of water or will they tolerate some dry soil. 2. One of our rows of raspberries, is a very old variety we have been told - as it was grown by the original owners of our property in the 1940s. We believe it is called a Cuthbert. Do you know of any garden locally in the Puget Sound region that has this variety? Thank you.

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russ0975’s Question

What is your best controlled release product for roses, gardenias, azaleas, and camellias?

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wlhylton’s Question

I love osmocote and use it a lot. My question is can I use on pond lilies? Will it hurt the fish?

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Marianne's Favorite Questions

The mystery plant is Brunnera

I recently visited a friends garden and saw this beautiful plant with dainty bright blue flowers on it. The leaves were similar to a viola but much, much larger. Are you able to share with me the name of the plant?

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Thanks, PlantersPlace!

I don't have a question, just wanted to say how much I enjoy the info from Planters Place. Thank you. Linda Benci

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Adding soil to existing flower pots

New to gardening. Is it okay to add soil to the top of an existing flower pot, or do I need to mix slightly? Flowers are growing, but dirt is low and hard.

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Planting herbs together

Can you plant different herbs together?

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White, transparent bugs on plants

Hello Marianne, I have become a better gardener these past couple months but I am having an issue with some kind of bugs. I have a couple of indoor plants and they have these tiny white/transparent bugs on it. I need your help to figure out whether it is dangerous to my plant or not. Thank you, David.

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What’s eating my petunias?

I have successfully grown annuals in pots on my sunny patio in the past. This year something appears to be eating many of my flowers - the petals not the leaves - especially my petunias! It seems to be happening overnight. I use Sluggo in the pots to control slugs and snails. Do you have any ideas what this is and how to stop it? Thank you!

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