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2018 October MGFKC eNewsletter

MGFKC Newsletter – The Foundation Connection
Read all about what’s of interest in the October 2018 issue!

  • Vashon Island Community by MGs Rick Edwards & Phyllis Kaiden
  • September Digest: Cool Plants, A Retirement and the State MG Conference
  • Fruit Tree Covers: George, Ethel, and the Apple Tree by MG Wendy Lagozzino
  • Growing Groceries Update by Linda Shepherd
  • November 17, 2018: A Full Day of Continuing Education
  • Miller Library: Rhapsody in Green
  • News Shoots: MG Applications for 2019 open
  • What’s Happening News & Updates

more

This newsletter is sent monthly to King County Master Gardeners. Look for it in your email. Miss a past issue? Find it here.

WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Week

2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Week

Congratulations WSU Master Gardeners!

On August 9, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed September 23 – 29, 2018, as Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Week. The Governor commended WSU Master Gardeners for their service since 1973, and he asked all citizens to join him in this special observance.

Read the Governor’s proclamation.

Read the 2017 State Master Gardener Report

Heads UP!

2018 Sep-Oct Heads UP KCMG Diagnostics Lab newsletter

Photo: B. Reisinger

Newsletter of the Master Gardener King County Diagnostic Lab

Read in the September-October 2018 issue:

    • As the Season Turns
    • Smoke Gets in Your Stomates
    • Powdery Mildew Run Amuck
    • Did You Heed the Warning? Lace Bugs
    • From Manure Comes Greatness
    • Labeling Challenges: Roundup
    • Final Flowers of the Season (photos)
    • Twigga Mortis? Conifer loss
    • Digging in the Data this Month – What’s Up?

This newsletter is sent monthly to King County Master Gardeners during the active garden months from March to October. Look for the current issue in your email.

Miss a past issue? Find it here.

Fasciation

Fasciated CelosiaSome of the most popular new variations of recent plants are mutations that cause the stem and other plant parts to grow wide and flats. Also, shoots can appear to be composed of several fused parts, flattened, elongated or misshapen flower heads with numerous flowers. This is called fasciation.

Fasciation can occur in just about any kind of plant. Everything from weeds to trees will produce this unusual growth given the right circumstances. Gardeners who love oddball plants have propagated some of these rarities. Grafting or cutting propagation is the usual means by which horticulturists propagate fasciated plants. Fasciation is especially common in cacti and succulents, but willows, cockscomb and foxgloves also frequently show this abnormality. Continue Reading »

Plant Sale & Garden Market

2018 Master Gardener CUH Plant SaleIt’s Almost Here!!

What’s Happening at the Sale
Find the perfect plant or the perfect gift for a gardening Mother.

What’s Happening at the GARDEN GALA
Arrive early to shop, then party with friends and win prizes

  • At 4:00, pick up your entry ticket early with a $5 off $50 in purchases before you shop.
  • At 5:30, join us for food, drinks and music and celebrity entertainment with Ciscoe.
  • Find select plants inside the Gala, so buy inside the party, too.
  • New this year: Gala Raffle to win prizes from local nurseries and gardens and baskets from the Master Gardener clinics. Raffle tickets inside the party.

Come join the fun and get started on your 2018 growing season. Remember that all proceeds support the Master Gardener activities at clinics, gardens and educational events throughout King County. See you at the plant sale and Gala.

 

Mason Bee Habitat Measurements

See additional resources at the bottom of this post.

From 3/8th inch Plywood – “Cut and Assemble

2 ea 9X8           Sides

1 ea 12X8         Back

1 ea 12X13       Top

1 ea 9X13         Bottom

This “box” will hold “six – ½ gal plastic milk cartons (just cut off the top, making a six inch plastic container)”.  This box will hold about 450 “Roll Your Own” paper Nesting Tubes, enough for about 4000, “Pollinating Bees”.  These Mason Bees pollinate your trees, March-May/June – when nothing else is out to pollinate.  They only live about 100 days, then die, but have laid their eggs for next year’s crop. Continue Reading »

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.  Continue Reading »

Watch your garden investment grow with trees

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.

Continue Reading »

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.

Continue Reading »

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.

Continue Reading »


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