Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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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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Community donations top $52,000 for South Whidbey garden program

Feb 1st, 2016
Community donations top $52,000 for South Whidbey garden program

by Marian A. Myszkowski In October 2014, Goosefoot, a local non-profit community development organization, announced a challenge grant of $15,000 annually for three years from the Goose Community Grocer in support of the South Whidbey School District Garden Program. In 2014, over $22,000 was raised from the community and the Goose Grocer matched the total
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Sow on: For the love of seeds

Feb 1st, 2016
Sow on: For the love of seeds

by Brian Campbell, Uprising Seeds Every once in a while around this time of year, we’ll see a friendly acquaintance who knows us as a farming family, and they’ll comment, “This must be a quiet time of year for you.” It’s not! Working with seeds has put us on an interesting and fairly unique pattern
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Seed wishes and catalog dreams

Jan 6th, 2016
Seed wishes and catalog dreams

by Becca Schwarz Cole The holidays are over, but January continues to bring some truly appreciated gifts – in the form of catalogs. Like many of you, we’ve had seed catalogs on the brain now since the first deep frost, and some have been happily received so far from the mailbox, and luckily, more will
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Into the Woods: Wild crafting with Garden Spot Nursery

Dec 2nd, 2015
Into the Woods: Wild crafting with Garden Spot Nursery

Annual tree sale to benefit Boys & Girls Club on now by Mary Vermillion Marcy Plattner’s Garden Spot nursery has deep, wild roots in a family tradition of foraging for greenery at the holidays. The final months of the year are a special time at the 30-year-old Bellingham nursery where that legacy lives on in
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Master gardener applications available

Oct 15th, 2015

COUNTY – The Master Gardener programs in local counties are now accepting applications. Participants learn soil science, composting, plant diseases, sustainable gardening techniques and more. Graduates of the program become volunteers in the community and help to educate the public and share information with others. Tuition applies, plus a minimum volunteer commitment for two years
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Storage: Cold-season tips for fruits and vegetables

Oct 2nd, 2015
Storage: Cold-season tips for fruits and vegetables

by David Pike The golden light of autumn has arrived and it is time to reap the harvest, and store it. Whether you bought fruits and vegetables in bulk from local farmers, grew your own, or traded, let’s take a look at proper storage methods to keep the food best during the colder months. Finding
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Dahlias: Over 600 varieties on display at annual show

Sep 4th, 2015
Dahlias: Over 600 varieties on display at annual show

by Kate Ferry We seem to have a love affair with dahlias. Any meandering drive through the county will inevitably tempt you with endless variations of the bountiful beauties that are dahlias. Small stands parked at the end of driveways promise pre-made bouquets or pick your own combinations. Tubers, or dahlia starts, can be purchased from
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Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them

Apr 30th, 2015
Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds: What to plant and how to attract them

by David Pike The presence of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds incites a gentle joy. Bees are also responsible for pollinating up to 70 percent of the world’s food crops, our chances of survival without them is highly debatable. Hummingbirds, besides being sugar and nectar addicts, are also very efficient mosquito eaters.  Butterflies, well, what sort
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