Seeds for Thought

Nov 2014 Seeds 4 ThoughtNovember 2014 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from the outgoing MGFWS President
  • 2014 Master Gardener of the Year Nominees
  • 2014 Master Gardener of the Year and Media Award Winner
  • 2014 Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service Award Winner
  • Photos and Report from the 2014 Advanced-Ed Conference
  • Meet the new MGFWS President – George Frey
  • 2015 Advanced-Ed Conference preview

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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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MGFKC Newsletter

MGFKC NewsletterSeptember 2014 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of King County.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from the President
  • The Great Pumpkin – by Elaine Anderson
  • Raising Our Profile
  • Magnuson Children’s Garden
  • Garden Corner: Euphorbia rigida
  • Pfingst Animal Acres
  • Raffle Committee
  • Clinics on Tour: Bellevue Nursery
  • Supporting the Foundation … and more

Cedar Flagging

Cedar flagging is a natural process that is often confused with a disease.  Evergreen plants, including conifers and broad leaf types, naturally shed some old foliage each year. Stress factors, such as insufficient water, hot winds, construction damage or other root disturbance, poor planting procedures, or recent planting can promote flagging.  It is being seen more often this year because it is more common when there is hot weather followed by cold weather.

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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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