Monday, December 5, 2016

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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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A bug’s life: A look at who’s who in the garden

May 4th, 2016
A bug’s life: A look at who’s who in the garden

by Kate Ferry A healthy garden is a beautiful system of organisms coexisting in a symbiotic relationship. Each piece of this community depends on the relationships with each other for food, survival, protection and success to create an elaborate infrastructure. The smallest of organisms, using the all encompassing term “bugs” to cover insects and arachnids, can
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Workshops: Hydrangeas, seed starting, composting, propogation and more

Apr 3rd, 2016
Workshops: Hydrangeas, seed starting, composting, propogation and more

by Grow Northwest April is here, and this month sure came in as lovely as a lamb. The forecast is looking to be amazing, buds are blooming, the dirt is being worked, plans are sketched, and as always, there are workshops to explore and learn. Following are some great local classes and events to consider
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Carnivorous Plants: Preying for nutrients

Mar 4th, 2016
Carnivorous Plants: Preying for nutrients

by Mary Vermillion Judging by the displays at this year’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show, carnivorous plants could be the next big thing. If so, the exotic perennials can count Garden Spot Nursery’s Antoni Stevens among their early admirers. The Bellingham gardener describes growing carnivorous plants as “an amazing opportunity to participate in one of
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