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November 2016 Newsletter from the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Read in this issue:

  • Message from Kathleen La Francis Easton, MGFWS President
  • Message from Nicole Martini, State MG Program Leader
  • 2016 MG of the Year
  • Skagit County MGs Discovery Garden – Brad Brown
  • Can You Dig It?! – John Strong, MGFWS Secretary
  • Cool Weather Home Invaders – Alice Slusher, Cowlitz County
  • Fall Cleanup – Carla Glassman, Skagit County
  • Ellen A’Key Grant Winner – Bob Conner, King County
  • Classes and more…

Find past Seeds for Thought newsletters at http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/mgfws/newsletter/.

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MGFKC Newsletter – The Foundation Connection

Read all about what’s of interest in the February 2017 issue!

  • New Master Gardener Clinic Resources by MG Gary Scheider
  • MG Traci Hanna: Growing Up Gardening
  • Search for Nominees for 2017 Board
  • Getting Plants Ready for the Plant Sale by MG Sam Mitchell
  • Miller Library Book Selection: A Botanist’s Vocabulary
  • Volunteer Opportunities on the Education Committee
  • Save the Dates for the Plant Sale & Garden Market
  • What’s Happening Now

more

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

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.

Spring into the Garden

And now the fun begins.  In King County, we wait impatiently for spring, even though our winters are relatively mild compared to the rest of the country.  The bulbs you planted last fall are blooming, and the flowering plum and cherry trees put on a wonderful show.  Incessant rain may keep us indoors; fortunately there are some outdoor and indoor activities that will get you started.

 

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