Archive for September, 2010

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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President’s Message (09/10)

September’s rain has prompted heated conversation. My kids, typical Northwesties, love the gray, rainy, fall weather. They want to slip on their sweaters and coats and get out of the sun. I resist. I want more heat. I want to wear shorts and go barefoot while I putter around my yard thinking about what to add, change, or replace. This year the weather seems unique, but September always brings a difference of opinion. Every year I hear how MGs have put their gardens to bed for the winter, typically just when my garden is looking its best and only hinting at its winter beauty.

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