TIPS & TOOLS

QUICK REFERENCE

Find important garden related information, such as FROST DATES, HARDINESS ZONE MAPS, CONVERSION CHARTS and more, quickly & easily!! Just add this page to your GARDEN BOOKMARKS or print the 8.5″ x 11″ page, below!!

USDA HARDINESS ZONE MAP

AVERAGE FROST DATES

FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST
  • 1st FROST: mid-November
  • FINAL FROST: mid-March

SOLSTICE & EQUINOX

  • VERNAL EQUINOX: March 20-21
  • SUMMER SOLSTICE: June 20-22
  • AUTUMNAL EQUINOX: Sept. 22-23
  • WINTER SOLSTICE: Dec. 21-22

SUN EXPOSURE

  • FULL SUN: min. 6-8 hrs direct sun
  • PART SUN: between 3-6 hrs direct sun
  • PART SHADE: 3–6 hrs less direct sun
  • FULL SHADE: less than 3 hrs. of sun

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

PACIFIC TIME ZONE
  • START DATE: Sunday, March 14, at 2am
  • END DATE: Sunday, November 7, at 2am

LAWN CARE DATES

SEED, MULCH & ORGANIC FERTILIZER
  • FALL CARE: October 1 – 10
  • SPRING CARE: March 15 – 25

*The best time to SEED grass is
5-6 weeks before 1st FROST &
right after FINAL FROST. ORGANIC
LAWN FERTILIZERS can be used
once each season.

POTTING SOIL MIX

BASIC OUTDOOR CONTAINER RECIPE
  • COMPOST: 1 part
  • COCONUT COIR: 1 part
  • PERLITE: 1 part
  • LOAM GARDEN SOIL: 1 part

*COCONUT COIR is a more effective & sustainable substitute for PEAT MOSS. If using peat moss, add a small amount of LIME, to balance acidity.

DORMANT SPRAY

SAFE & EFFECTIVE DIY RECIPE
  • WATER: 1 gallon
  • CASTILE SOAP: 5 Tbsp.
  • BAKING SODA: 2 Tbsp.
  • HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: 5 Tbsp

*For use only when daily temperatures remain between 4O – 60 degrees. (LATE FALL & LATE WINTER)

GARLIC SPRAY RECIPE

100% SAFE & EFFECTIVE DISEASE & PEST TREATMENT

1.) In a clean glass jar, MIX:

  • GARLIC: 4–6 cloves (mashed)
  • VEGETABLE OIL: 4 oz

2.) Place in SUN for a min. 48 hrs.
3.) STRAIN contents from oil.
4.) In a 16 oz. SPRAY BOTTLE, MIX:

  • GARLIC INFUSED OIL: 1-2 oz.
  • CASTILE SOAP: 2 oz.
  • WATER: 1 pint

*Gets rid of APHIDS, WHITEFLIES, FUNGUS GNATS, JAPANESE BEETLES, ROOT MAGGOTS, CODLING MOTHS, POWDERY MILDEW, SCAB, BLACKSPOT, LEAF BLIGHT, BROWN ROT and more!!!

LENGTH MEASUREMENT CONVERSIONS

  • 1 yard = 3 feet
  • 1 yard = 36 inches
  • 1 yard = 0.914 meters
  • 1 yard = 91.44 cm
Volume = L × W x H

  • 1 foot = 0.333333 yds
  • 1 foot = 12 inches
  • 1 foot = 30.48 cm
  • 1 foot = 0.3048 m
Area in Sq, Ft. = L × W

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