MGFKC Newsletter - October 2013
Read in this issue:
- A message from President, 2014 Plant Sale
- Storage for Clinics
- George Pinyuh Memorial Garden
- Donation Gift
- Garden News …more …
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? Read the rest of this entry »
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- A message from the Foundation President
- Greetings from Nicole Martini, Interim MG Program Leader
- 2013 Master Gardener of the Year
- 2013 Media Award Winner
- Report and Photos from the State Conference
- Flowers, Fjords and Friends
Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/mgfws/newsletter/.
This year that little worm may be the larvae for the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) (aka Cherry Vinegar fly). The fly is new to the area and attacks cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, grapes and nectarines. Breeding sites are overripe or fallen fruit. Fruits become infected near harvest time (thats blueberries and raspberries now).
Garden investment grown with trees
Trees may not live forever, but they usually outlive the gardener who plants one to leave a lasting heritage. Think carefully about not only the kind of tree you select but also where you put it in the garden.
Along with the hardscape — paths, terraces, fences and garden shelters — trees form the bones of the garden. One of their most important functions is to give scale to a design; they provide the over-story. A mix of trees, shrubs and low plants fosters a plant community that lends richness to our gardens.
So many reasons to garden: I’m struck this summer by the number of reasons people garden. Sometime in the last year I gave a division of Echinops ritro to my friend and fellow MG, Katie, who has two small children. She just told me how much she’s enjoying watching it bloom this summer.