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Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Mar 31st, 2017
Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Tis the season to get started. Tis the season to smell like dirt. Are you looking for more instruction and direction as you get growing? Do you want to get together with some like-minded folks after a long winter? Whether you are experienced, new, or halfway, April’s calendar offers ample opportunities at local nurseries. We
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Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started

Mar 2nd, 2017
Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started

Spring is on the minds of many; we’re eager for longer days, growing spring plants, seeing color popping, starting projects, and warming weather. With snow falling on the last day of February, and March’s forecast off to a wet and cold start, here’s look at some of the colorful, creative and community events happening this
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Winter windowsill: The beauty of late season growth

Feb 1st, 2017

by Claire Davis Depending on where you live, chances are it’s been cold, and snow (in some form or another) has been on the ground at some point. But while it’s freezing outside, and most of us are staring out the window at our iced-over gardens longing for the day we can get out there
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Community garden funding available

Nov 1st, 2016
Community garden funding available

BELLINGHAM – Grants are now available through the Community First Garden Project, a WSU Whatcom County Extension Project now in its 8th year. Small community gardens, both new and existing throughout Whatcom County, can apply for funding by Dec. 2. The project has funded items such as deer fencing, lumber for raised beds, drip irrigation,
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Harvest is upon us: Picking, storing apples and pears

Sep 4th, 2016
Harvest is upon us: Picking, storing apples and pears

by Cloud Mountain Farm Center With the warm, dry summer we’ve had, fruit is ripening up to three weeks ahead of “normal”. Both last year and this year, our accumulated heat units are well above average. Since many fruits ripen when they’ve experienced the right amount of heat, it is to be expected that they
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Tomato Tales: From behind the Iron Curtain

Aug 3rd, 2016
Tomato Tales: From behind the Iron Curtain

by Celt Schira The former Soviet sphere of influence has given us splendid tomatoes. Galina’s Yellow Cherry was smuggled out of the USSR by Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust in 1989. Dr. Galina, last name never mentioned, was an agronomic scientist at the Siberian Institute of Horticulture. She slipped Bill a package of 50 tomato
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Drip Irrigation: Learn the basics and benefits

Jul 6th, 2016
Drip Irrigation: Learn the basics and benefits

by David Pike Last year’s growing season was so hot and dry I remember spending nearly an hour every morning dragging the hose around in my greenhouse to hand water each and every plant. With temperatures quickly climbing into the 90s, it was a challenge to patiently stand in the sun while I sprayed the
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Hardy perennials: Ten flowers to grow

Jun 1st, 2016
Hardy perennials: Ten flowers to grow

by David Pike The following is a list of 10 of the hardiest, showiest, and most bee, butterfly, and hummingbird friendly perennial flowers you can grow in your Northwest garden. Note that this list does not include trees and shrubs, or bulbs and vines. I have attempted to arrange these by flower time, from early
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Tomato Tales: A look at Green Zebra, Brandywine, and Heinz 2653

Jun 1st, 2016
Tomato Tales: A look at Green Zebra, Brandywine, and Heinz 2653

by Celt Schira Nothing compares to the glorious tomatoes of summer, ripe and juicy. The fabulous Green Zebra, with its slightly citrus tang, is seldom found even in farmer’s markets.  The small plants have only a modest yield, which makes them uneconomical for farmers. Green Zebra is green even when ripe, but the stripes turn
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Chestnut project provides young trees to growers

Jun 1st, 2016
Chestnut project provides young trees to growers

Orcas Island couple leads project, seeks recipients for 2017  In an effort to promote chestnuts on the West Coast, the Chestnut Proliferation Project is distributing young chestnut trees to farmers and ranchers interested in diversifying their land with chestnuts as a long lived, drought tolerant tree crop. Supported by a grant from Nutiva, these trees
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