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Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Mar 31st, 2017 | Category: Growing

Tis the season to get started. Tis the season to smell like dirt. Are you looking for more instruction and direction as you get growing? Do you want to get together with some like-minded folks after a long winter? Whether you are experienced, new, or halfway, April’s calendar offers ample opportunities at local nurseries. We recommend trying the following informational workshops; all have great local speakers and there will be good stories to go with the tips, processes, and how-tos. Let’s get knowing!

Cheri Nunamaker, owner of Dirty Knees Nursery, will share her experience growing herbs in a special workshop at the Garden Spot Nursery. COURTESY PHOTO

Cheri Nunamaker, owner of Dirty Knees Nursery, will share her experience growing herbs in a special workshop at the Garden Spot Nursery. COURTESY PHOTO

Growing Your Favorite Herbs and their Stories: Cheri Nunamaker, owner of Dirty Knees Nursery in Bellingham, will share her knowledge of herbs Saturday, April 1. Listen to her stories and share your questions in this free workshop at 9 a.m. at the Garden Spot Nursery in Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480 to register.

Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots & Plums: Growing cherries, plums, peaches and apricots can be both rewarding and challenging in our northwest climate. This workshop on Saturday, April 1 covers planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. Registration is $10 per person or $8 each for two or more people. Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson hosts this event from 1:30-3 p.m. The staff is knowledgeable and the nursery is open; bring your questions and walk through the grounds before or after class. Be sure to dress for the weather.

Learn to Grow a Vegetable Garden: Learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. This workshop will be held Saturday, April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This class is also a nice refresher for those that haven’t grown a vegetable garden in some time. Registration is $10 per person or $8 each for two or more people, registration recommended. Be sure to dress for the weather.

Know & Grow Workshop: Seeds: Do you love seeds? On Tuesday, April 18, Barbara Cleave and Ty Clark of Sakada Seed company will share their knowledge about the world of seeds in this Know and Grow workshop presented by the Skagit Master Gardeners.  Learn about Skagit County’s history growing seeds and how it is one of the biggest agricultural industries locally. Do you know what kinds of seeds are grown here and shipped to many countries around world? Would you like to learn tips about the best methods of seed germination for the home gardeners? They will share their knowledge and take your questions. This free event runs 1-2:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC,16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Call (360) 428-4270, ext 227 or visit

Container Gardening: Are space and mobility issues preventing you from gardening? Discover an “out of the ground and into the box” introduction to container gardening during this free workshop on Wednesday, April 19 at the Blaine Library. Learn how to choose the right containers and plants with the Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education (CORE). This group holds various events; ask for their upcoming schedule, too! The workshop starts at 4 p.m. The Blaine Library is located at 610 3rd Street and can be reached at (360) 305-3637.

Grow a Homestead-Style Food Garden: Are you interested in planting a sustainable food garden for greater self-reliance? Join Susan Colleen Browne, Whatcom Country “modern homesteader” and author of the award-winning Little Farm in the Foothills for a fun and practical class focusing on backyard farming essentials. The class will be held Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Whatcom Community College. Registration is $45. Call (360) 383-3200 or see

Have fun out there this Spring as you get started in your garden and working on home and  farm projects, and please share with us! We enjoy seeing your work!

–Grow Northwest


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