Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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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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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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