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Watermelon: Helpful tips and varieties to try at home

May 2nd, 2019
Watermelon: Helpful tips and varieties to try at home

by Grow Northwest Crisp, sweet, delicious watermelon. The different varieties available – from large to mini, round to oblong, red to yellow flesh, solid to striped rind – provide something for every grower’s space and preferred taste, even here in our northwest corner. We’ve been growing them in our home garden for years. Starting under
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Managing weeds: A little homework goes a long way

May 2nd, 2019
Managing weeds: A little homework goes a long way

Learn to identify, handle invasive weeds by Laurel Baldwin At this time of year our gardens are growing gangbusters – and so are those weeds. But if you’re watching out for them and you do a little homework first, you can intervene early and spare yourself some expense and a sore back. It’s important to
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Save the dates: Garden club plant sales and more

Apr 3rd, 2019
Save the dates: Garden club plant sales and more

Spring time is filled with plant sales, from Master Gardener chapters to local garden groups. Save the dates for some of these beloved sales, this month through May.   The Skagit Conservation District Plant Sale offers a large selection of native plants on Saturday, April 13. Pre-order pick up is Friday, April 12. The sale
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Composting: Strategies for your farm or garden

Apr 2nd, 2019
Composting: Strategies for your farm or garden

Learn about chicken care during spring workshops Want to gain some hands-on composting knowledge? Try these workshops coming up. Join the Whatcom Conservation District and a panel of experts and local landowners to discuss better nutrient cycling to help farmers during “Composting on Your Farm: Nutrient Cycling for Fun & Profit” on Thursday, April 18. As
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Seasonal classes: Get inspired this month

Feb 1st, 2019
Seasonal classes: Get inspired this month

The season may be mostly cold and quiet for some, but for those who enjoy dreaming and planning the time has come. The focus turns to sharpening our minds, our tools, and our plans for spring. The pages of the seed catalogs have been turned and marked, the list is outlined (and probably becoming longer),
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Master Gardener program seeks volunteer educators

Oct 2nd, 2018
Master Gardener program seeks volunteer educators

The local Master Gardener Programs are accepting applications for the Master Gardener Certification program. If you love gardening, want to advance your education, and share your knowledge with the community then this is the perfect program for you. The WSU Master Gardener program grew out of the need for Washington State University County Extension agents
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Get Going: Lavender fields, cider and mead, and more

Jul 1st, 2018
Get Going: Lavender fields, cider and mead, and more

The San Juan Island Lavender Festival is the place to be for lavender lovers on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. At Pelindaba Lavender Farm, on San Juan Island, visitors can take tours and see exhibits and demonstrations showing the entire lavender process – from field to finished product. The Cutting Field is open for visitors
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Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

Apr 1st, 2018
Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

April boasts a number of opportunities for learning about plants of all kinds. Check out some of the informational sessions coming up as well as some more super sales of the season! The annual Whatcom County Dahlia Tuber Sale, presented by the Whatcom County Dahlia Society, will be Saturday, April 7. Visitors can explore and
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Growing potatoes: The eyes of March

Mar 3rd, 2018
Growing potatoes: The eyes of March

by Corina Sahlin Why grow your own potatoes? They’re very easy to grow in a backyard garden or even containers, and you can pick from a huge variety, with different skin color, flesh color, texture, flavor and use. Rose Finn Apple, Desiree, French Fingerling, German Butterball, Russian Banana, Austrian Crescent, Red Bliss All Blue, Purple
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Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Feb 2nd, 2018
Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Local seed swaps are starting! Following are what is scheduled this month. TF&F 3rd Annual Seed Swap: Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.  Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds, bring seeds, or share seeds. Information tables on pollination and alternatives to pesticides will be available, as well as
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