Saturday, November 1, 2014

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Mushroom varieties on display at fall shows, events

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Mushroom varieties on  display at fall shows, events

Visitors can speak with experts, bring samples for identification BELLINGHAM / EVERETT – Mushrooms Our northwest woods are full of them this time of year, and this month will be full of shows about them. Hundreds of mushrooms will be available for viewing at indoor shows, offering residents and visitors a chance to learn more
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Big winners at Giant Pumpkin Festival

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
Big winners at Giant Pumpkin Festival

MOUNT VERNON – State Champion giant pumpkin grower, Joel Holland of Sumner, broke his own record Saturday, Sept. 27 with a pumpkin weighing in at 1,450.5 pounds at the Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival held at Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon. In addition to maintaining the State Championship for the largest Atlantic Giant pumpkin, Holland
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Local youths explore summer farm camps

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
Local youths explore summer farm camps

Common Threads is in the middle of its summer program, including Farm Camp and its special Pizza Camp and Camp Pasta. The group is a Bellingham-based non-profit focused on hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences. The Farm Camp will hold two more sessions in August, including Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 18-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each
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Exploring Small Grains Field Day June 25

Jun 4th, 2014 | By
Exploring Small Grains Field Day June 25

Edison Wheat: Focus on Bellingham plant breeder Merrill Lewis’ spring wheat by Cathy McKenzie New varieties of wheat adapted for the mild marine climate of the Pacific Northwest will be featured at this year’s Small Grains Field Day on June 25 at WSU Mount Vernon. And there will be plenty of samples on hand to highlight
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Garden tours coming up

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

WHIDBEY/SAN JUAN/WHATCOM – Several local garden and landscape tours are coming up this month. The San Juan Island Garden Tour is Saturday, June 14. Five gardens, with lots of wonderful things to see and ideas to implement in your own garden.  SJC Master Gardener, SJ Horticultural Society and SJI Garden Club docents are available at
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Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By
Wild About Plants: Chives, sage, wild raspberry and more

How to make herb salt and vinegar at home by Suzanne Jordan The lushness of late spring and early summer is breathtaking here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves of our plants are completely unfurled and full grown, flowers abound, and rapid plant growth is astounding. Where there was once dead sticks, leaves, and dirt,
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Master Gardener Plant Sales coming up this month

May 2nd, 2014 | By

The Master Gardener Plant Sales spring up each May, with visitors and residents seeking out thousands of plants and starts, while getting much appreciated advice from the Master Gardeners themselves about all aspects of growing and having a variety of “What is this?!” questions answered face to face. All sales benefit the Master Gardener chapters
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New classes, ‘Dig It’ Wednesdays at the Children’s Story Garden

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
New classes, ‘Dig It’ Wednesdays at the Children’s Story Garden

FERNDALE – The vegetable gardening program at the Children’s Story Garden in Hovander Homestead Park has a new format for 2014. There will be five Saturday themed classes in April and May which will include Composting and Making Worm Bins, Miniature Gardens, Scarecrow Workshop, Bug Buddies and Pumpkin Starts. Most projects can be taken home.
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Suzanne Jordan’s Wild About Plants: Nature’s pain relievers: Cottonwood and willow

Mar 4th, 2014 | By
Suzanne Jordan’s Wild About Plants: Nature’s pain relievers: Cottonwood and willow

by Suzanne Jordan Cottonwood, Populus balsamifera, is the largest broadleaf tree in the Pacific Northwest. It is a member of the Salicacea family, which makes it willow’s cousin. Cottonwood trees can be found where there is abundant fresh water. On the west side of the Cascade mountain range, it can be found along rivers and
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10 Native Plants to know and grow; Conservation District plant sales coming up

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

Local conservation districts are holding their annual native plants sales this month. Native trees and shrubs can provide many benefits such as improved water quality, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, and reduction of wind and soil erosion.   Snohomish Conservation District The 29th annual Native Plant Sale and Celebration will be held March 1 at
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