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Apples: Finding the best variety for you

Jun 4th, 2017
Apples: Finding the best variety for you

by Terry Maczuga When many people think of adding fruit trees to their garden or property, they think first of apple trees. Apples are relatively easy to grow, and there is nothing like picking an apple on a crisp September morning and eating it right then and there. Doing just that was a big part
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Plant of the month: Phenomenal Lavender

Jun 3rd, 2017
Plant of the month: Phenomenal Lavender

June is for lavender, and our staff favorite, as well as the most requested lavender from our garden clients, is called Phenomenal Lavender. It has the best traits of French and English lavender, with it’s extra long blue purple flower spikes, and is long blooming from June through Fall. This is one of the hardiest
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Garden, home tours offer a mix of summer sites

Jun 3rd, 2017
Garden, home tours offer a mix of summer sites

Local residents and visitors have several garden and home tours to choose from this month, offering a variety of garden styles and sizes. Summer Tour of Whidbey Island Gardens: Hosted by WSU Whatcom County Master Gardeners on Thursday, June 15, participants can see multiple gardens on Whidbey Island. The tour includes Children Garden in Oak
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Plant Sales: Where to go this month

May 2nd, 2017
Plant Sales: Where to go this month

Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners available to give good advice Going to a Master Gardener Plant Sale is an annual field trip for any soul that appreciates growing plants, buying plants, listening to plentiful and solid advice, and watching newer growers relish in what’s to come. Usually held in May, the local county Master Gardener groups schedule
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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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