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2018 March MGFKC e-Newsletter -mini pots

MGFKC Newsletter – The Foundation Connection

Read all about what’s of interest in the March 2018 issue!

  • Bellevue Nursery & Bellevue Botanical Garden Clinics by MG Barbara Picat
  • MG Plant Sale & Garden Market: Pot ‘Em Up by MGs Cleo Raulerson & Tommy Rose
  • Volunteer for the CUH Plant Sale by MG Horst Momber
  • President’s Letter by MG Penny Kriese
  • Gadabout Gardener: Plains Perennials Part 2 by MG Bruce Bennett
  • Easy CE Opportunity: More to Say, Show, Share by PC Elaine Anderson
  • Foodies in the Garden: Purple Veggies by MG Gia Parsons
  • Miller Library: Miller Library: Month-by-Month Gardening in PNW
  • What’s Happening News & Updates


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

Seeds for Thought

Seeds for Thought

November 2017 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

      • Message from Kathleen La Francis Easton, MGFWS President
      • From the Program Leader, Nicole Martini
      • MG of the Year & Nominees
      • 2017 Award Recipients
      • Catalyst Park in Shelton, WA
      • Can You Dig It? State Conference Recap
      • GardenPRO Conference at NWFGS

Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at http://mgfws.org/NewsLetters.aspx.

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 »

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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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. [Originally posted June 2011]


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WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Week

2015 WSU MG Volunteer Week

Congratulations WSU Master Gardeners!

On May 2, 2016, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed May 23 – 29, 2016, 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.

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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Worms In Your Raspberries?

This year that little worm may be the larvae for the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) (aka Cherry Vinegar fly). The fly has been known to the area since 2009, and is common in many areas around the country now. The SWD attacks cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, grapes and nectarines. Breeding sites are found where there is overripe or fallen fruit. Fruits become infected near harvest time (that’s blueberries and raspberries now).

Find out more about SWD in the WSU Factsheet FS049E. WSU also has information about damage, monitoring and management in their Orchard Pest Management pages.

See videos for Spotted Wing Drosophila on the Oregon State University site.

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