Seeds for Thought

Aug 2014 Seeds 4 ThoughtAugust 2014 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from the President
  • The President’s Service Award
  • 2014 MGFWS Scholarship Awardees
  • Engaging HS Students in Stormwater Solutions-Jane Billinghurst
  • 2014 Thurston County Children’s Garden Program
  • Mt. Erie Elementary Pollinator Garden
  • What’s Wrong With My Plant?  Training workshop

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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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The Garden in Autumn

Planting fava beans at Shorewood High School Culinary Arts Garden – a Youth Education Garden in Shoreline, Washington.

Gardening is a year-round activity in western Washington. That may be a bane or a blessing, depending on your perspective.  The garden year doesn’t end when we pick the last tomato at the end of summer. This quarterly feature will highlight what’s going on in gardens in King County. Our gardens can be productive year-round, yielding vegetables and herbs well into fall and through the winter. During October, November, and December we harvest remaining summer produce, clean up the yard and garden to prepare for winter, and plant cool-weather and cover crops for winter and spring.

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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

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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