Clallam County Master Gardeners

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Get It Growing: Planning for microclimate

The December cold snap may have many people thinking ahead to their spring and summer garden plans. The climate on the Olympic Peninsula, defined as… Continue reading

 

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Get It Growing: T’is the season for buying seeds

“I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they’re… Continue reading

 

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Get It Growing: Happy houseplants

It’s time to bring our green thumbs indoors. Whether you are an avid house plant collector (yes, it can become an obsession) or new to… Continue reading

 

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Get It Growing: To leave or not leave the leaves

Oh, how time flies! It’s already the end of October and the days are predictably getting shorter and cooler. The garden is slowing down for… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Four key principles of proper watering

Misunderstanding what is meant by proper watering is one of the most common causes of plant death or poor plant performance. This becomes a more… Continue reading

Get It Growing: Prudent pruning of conifers

The primary reasons to prune conifers include shaping, removing diseased or damaged limbs, and removing limbs that obstruct a view or interfere with power lines,… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Can garlic be grown in containers?

Growing garlic on the Olympic Peninsula is right up there with growing lavender and dahlias, and fall is the time to plant. So, the question… Continue reading

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Pictured is Hemaris thetis, daytime active moth that is sometimes referred to as a bumblebee moth. Photo by Sandy Cortez

Get It Growing: Fascinating moths are night shift pollinators

The vision that usually comes to mind when one hears the word “pollinators” are bees and butterflies. These extraordinary creatures can be observed during the… Continue reading

Pictured is Hemaris thetis, daytime active moth that is sometimes referred to as a bumblebee moth. Photo by Sandy Cortez
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Get It Growing: Made in the shade (or making the shade, as the case may be)

With this summer’s toasty temperatures, many gardeners are searching for economical ways to cool their homes. Shade trees might be the answer. Depending on their… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: The upside of self-sowing plants

Most gardeners will agree that self-sowing plants are a mixed blessing. Self-sowing plants are often called volunteers. While most of the typical garden cultivars would… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Use rain gardens to control runoff water

It’s that time of year again to think about the upcoming rainy season. Whether you live in a rural area or in the city, you… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Can I get my holiday plants to bloom again?

Ask a Master Gardener: Can I get my holiday plants to bloom again? Many gardeners receive holiday gift plants and are left wondering if they… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Concerning Camellias

Fall is the perfect time to look for and plant a camellia. The dark green, shiny, evergreen foliage alone is a beautiful addition to our… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Colorful heather for all seasons

If you missed planting heather this spring, it’s not too late. Late September through November is the perfect time, with the rainy season approaching to… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Cherry tree troubles

The good news is that you can grow cherries on the Olympic Peninsula. The bad news is they may not always fruit well. Learning a… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: How do you grow asparagus?

Washington state is a major producer of asparagus. With a commercial harvest of more than 50 million pounds each year, our state is second only… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Do you treat your garden soil like dirt?

Soil is the skin of the earth and just like our own skin, it requires sunshine, water, air, and nutrients. Without an adequate supply of… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Ready, set, measure!

It is that time of year again – time to get back out to the garden and figure out how much new soil, compost or… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Spiders and pest management

Spiders are among the least appreciated creatures that walk this earth. Most gardeners would sooner crush spiders than get to know what value they hold… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Gardens where butterflies thrive

The Olympic Peninsula is gifted with a rich array of butterflies. For centuries, butterflies have been admired for their graceful beauty and for their transformation… Continue reading

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