Friday, May 29, 2015

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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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Wild About Plants: Multi-use herbs: A few favorite varieties for medicine, health

Apr 30th, 2015
Wild About Plants: Multi-use herbs: A few favorite varieties for medicine, health

by Suzanne Jordan Everyone has their favorite herbs. Some folks enjoy flowers for beauty and to attract birds and pollinators, some want herbs to add flavor in their cooking. As an herbalist, I’m always looking for not only beauty and taste, but medicine as well. Did you know that most of our common tasty herbs
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Growing grapes in the Northwest

Apr 1st, 2015
Growing grapes in the Northwest

by David Pike Imagine grapes on the vine and you might conjure a pastoral scene in France or perhaps the sun drenched fields of California, but few would imagine grapes thriving in their own backyard. Unlikely though it may seem, there are many varieties of grapes which grow very well even in our cool maritime
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Mushrooms: Two DIY workshops offered this month

Apr 1st, 2015
Mushrooms: Two DIY workshops offered this month

BELLINGHAM/SULTAN – Two farmers are offering mushroom growing workshops this month. Cascadia Mushrooms will share mushroom cultivation tips and techniques during an on-farm workshop on Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4771 Aldrich Road in Bellingham. Owner Alex Winstead and crew will show participants how to grow mushrooms at your home,
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Native plant, tree sales coming up

Mar 6th, 2015
Native plant, tree sales coming up

Bunchberry, Pacific Ninebark, Red Flowering Currant, Oregon Grape, Red Osier Dogwood, Indian Plum, Blue Elderberry, Nootka Rose, Hardhack, Salal, Kinnikinnick, Serviceberry, Vine Maple, Snowberry, the list of native plants and trees goes on. They are hardy and drought tolerant and can help with your yard and property’s landscaping from erosion control to attracting wildlife and
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Winter hardy houseplants: Tips to keep your plants healthy

Jan 3rd, 2015
Winter hardy houseplants: Tips to keep your plants healthy

by David Pike The cold, dark days of winter bring an end to most gardening ventures, but the joy of growing plants doesn’t have to come to a standstill. Houseplants can provide a source of year-round natural beauty and help enliven indoor spaces. Many houseplants are hardy enough to survive our tough conditions; thriving in
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Wreath making at your local nursery

Dec 3rd, 2014
Wreath making at your local nursery

Ideas for winter color  This time of year our local nurseries show off holiday decor and winter plants, including materials and guidance for wreath making and other seasonal items. Wreathmaking is available at several nurseries, including Garden Spot Nursery in Bellingham, Christianson’s Nursery in Mount Vernon, and Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. And for those not
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Poinsettias: 75,000 plants growing at Van Wingerden Greenhouse

Dec 3rd, 2014
Poinsettias: 75,000 plants growing at Van Wingerden Greenhouse

by Kate Ferry Poinsettias are a hallmark of the holiday season with the vivid red petals and dark green leaves framing the flowers. They are a traditional gift and beautiful decoration through December and into the new year.  Van Wingerden Greenhouse in Blaine has been growing this seasonal plant in abundance for almost 20 years
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Mushroom varieties on display at fall shows, events

Oct 4th, 2014
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
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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