Cesar Chavez Demo Garden Reopens

Cesar Chavez Demo Garden 2014On June 28th, the newly remodeled Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden opened! Located in front of El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. S.) — just steps north of the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station – the new garden is turning heads! Read all about the garden and the renovation.

Visit this wonderful garden that demonstrates the ease of growing food in an urban environment, in addition to providing horticultural information to the public. It is a joy to work in the new garden and listen to all the public comment on and complement what they are seeing. This is a great opportunity to provide education and have the draw of our new digs. Come check us out!” — Mick Duggan, CCDG MG Garden Lead

Seeds for Thought

May 2014 Seeds for ThoughtMay 2014 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Tip ‘o the hat to retiring Grays Harbor MG, Don Tapio.
  • Educating the Gardener’s Eye by Kathy Wolfe.
  • Skagit County’s Tulip Tours.
  • 7 Things to know about this year’s “Sound Gardening” Conference in Tacoma.
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award opportunities for WSU MGs.
  • Return of the Mason County Garden Tours.
  • Tomato Heaven! at the State Fair in Chehalis.
  • Don Tapio Dwarf Conifer Collection at Westport Winery.

Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/mgfws/newsletter/.

MGFKC Newsletter

March 2014 NewsletterMarch 2014 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of King County

Read in this issue:

  • Message from the President
  • In Praise of Primroses by Elaine Anderson
  • Annual Seed Catalogs by Wendy Lagozzino
  • Propagation Notes by G. Polson
  • 2014 Board Member Search
  • Plant Sale Preview Party
  • 2013 Financials … and more

Propagation Notes

Dividing dahlia tubers

Photo Credit: F D Richards

 

 

Spring is a good time to divide established plants, and many herbaceous perennials need to be divided every few years anyway to stay healthy.

Plan to dig on a cool morning, preferably one with cloud cover – not too hard around here. 

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Blue Orchard Bees Mason Bees!

Pollination of food crops is essential to society, for without this pollination service, most fruits, nuts and other foods would simply disappear off our dinner tables.  Today, the world depends on a variety of pollinators to perform this task from a variety of sources: Honeybees and a number of other insects – and the hard working Mason Bee.

 

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Will My Tree Blow Over?

It’s not unusual to find an assortment of large trees in residential landscapes throughout our coastal region.  Many of these trees are native to the area and undoubtedly not much thought was given to their eventual size when they were planted. As a result, towering one-hundred foot plus Douglas firs, Western Red Cedars and gigantic big leaf maples along with other tree species often dominate the garden landscape.  With meteorologists predicting a stormy winter, the question is often asked, just how safe are these huge trees?  Is there a chance they could lose major branches or even blow over?

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