Thursday, April 24, 2014

What's Up! Magazine
Celebrating local food, farms and the DIY spirit in the great Northwest

Gardening

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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Community Garden grants available

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

WHATCOM – Community garden grant applications are available through the WSU Extension Community First Garden (CFG) Project, which provides funding, technical support and education to new and established community gardens throughout Whatcom County. To date, the group has funded a total of 152 raised beds, 2  hoop houses, fencing, soil amendments, vegetable starts, seeds, tools
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Caring for your poinsettia

Jan 5th, 2014 | By
Caring for your poinsettia

by Amy Nelson Poinsettias are a popular plant to give during the holiday season. Understandably so, as their vibrant colors of red and green go hand in hand with the month of December, whether as a table centerpiece or a window decoration. Being a native plant of Mexico, however, a poinsettia needs the right conditions
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Fall landscaping: Bring out the color in your yard

Oct 8th, 2013 | By

by Chuck McClung Who isn’t absolutely loving all this fall color right now? Whether in our front yard or driving through the county, we are dazzled by the familiar red, bronze, yellow, orange, and burgundy tones of fall. Here are a few, quick ideas for adding a little fall foliage fun to your garden and
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Powdery mildew signs: How to keep your plants healthy

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By
Powdery mildew signs: How to keep your plants healthy

by Chuck McClung All along the West Coast from Mexico to Canada, powdery mildew is one of the most common summer plant diseases. There are many different types of powdery mildew, and each one infects a different plant. Powdery mildew commonly looks as if baby powder has been sprinkled or smeared on leaves and sometimes
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Top 10: Native plants for your home and garden

May 2nd, 2013 | By
Top 10: Native plants for your home and garden

by Chuck McClung These days, many gardeners are already aware of the many advantages of using native plants in the landscape; they are tough, drought tolerant, and a source of beauty and food. I was recently asked what are some of my favorite native plants. Following is my top 10 countdown of favorite native plants
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Growing Dry Beans and Grains

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Growing Dry Beans and Grains

by Krista Rome Most folks don’t realize you can easily grow beans and grains in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Through my research, the “Backyard Beans & Grains Project,” I have discovered numerous varieties that grow quite excellently here in the Pacific Northwest. All of them can be grown and processed using only inexpensive hand tools.
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Fruits and berries: The basics of growing at home

Mar 10th, 2013 | By
Fruits and berries: The basics of growing at home

by Chuck McClung With the spring season arriving, home gardeners are eager to get outside. In this article we’ll explore planting fruit trees and the many kinds of berries we can grow in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe you’ve never planted a fruit tree or maybe you’ve tried growing fruits or berries and it just didn’t
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