Clallam County Master Gardeners

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Get it Growing: Connect with local Master Gardeners

Master Gardener websites For information about any of the programs listed in the column of for general Master Gardener information, there are two informative websites:… Continue reading

 

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Get It Growing: Why ‘heirloom’ seeds?

Heirloom vegetable and fruit varieties have become enormously popular with both home and market gardeners. Before we talk about “why,” let’s begin with a broad… Continue reading

 

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Get It Growing: Witch hazel, the wonder winter flower

Witch hazel, a large deciduous shrub with forked branches and spider-like flowers, provides dazzling foliage in fall and brightly colored flowers to wintery landscapes. This… Continue reading

 

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‘Tis the season: Holiday gift plants (Part 2)

Gift plants add beauty and cheer to the holiday season. For some, these plants are reminders of years gone by, Christmases long ago and people… Continue reading

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‘Tis the season: Holiday gift plants (Part 1)

A number of colorful houseplants have long been associated with the holiday season. These plants make great gifts that will brighten the homes of family… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Grow an African Violet to keep the winter blues away

African violets (genus Saintpaulia) are popular houseplants because of their compact structure and cheery blooms. Native to the rainforests of Tanzania and Kenya, African violets… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Winding down for winter

Like the garden, this “Get it Growing” column is slowing down for the winter. During the winter months there will be a “Get it Growing”… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: a garden journal

Who hasn’t planted spring bulbs and enjoyed their bloom only to accidentally dig them up in the fall? Or sown vegetable seeds vowing to remember… Continue reading

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Get It Growing: Plant bulbs now for springtime color

It is time to plant bulbs!

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Get It Growing: October chores for spring goals

October may be the time to start cleaning the garden, but a good gardener is always planning ahead.

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Get It Growing: Got blah-berries?

Get It Growing: Got blah-berries?

What makes a berry taste good? Although taste is personal, understanding the components of taste and what you like will allow you to grow berries… Continue reading

Get It Growing: Got blah-berries?
Get It Growing: Plant your own gourmet garlic

Get It Growing: Plant your own gourmet garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is among the oldest documented plants cultivated by man. The Sumerians carved recipes containing garlic on stone tablets 5,000 years ago, and… Continue reading

Get It Growing: Plant your own gourmet garlic
Get It Growing: Winning winter gardens

Get It Growing: Winning winter gardens

Winter gardens pop out of the gray landscape and triumph over dreary days

Get It Growing: Winning winter gardens
Hoop houses consist of a PVC pipe frame covered by 6 mil thick clear polyethylene plastic. Photo courtesy of Muriel Nesbitt

Get It Growing: Is a hoop house for you?

A hoop house is a way to provide more control of your growing environment.

Hoop houses consist of a PVC pipe frame covered by 6 mil thick clear polyethylene plastic. Photo courtesy of Muriel Nesbitt
Get It Growing: September in the garden

Get It Growing: September in the garden

The summer is starting to give way to the shorter days of fall. September brings cooler weather and eventually seasonal rains. For many, this is… Continue reading

Get It Growing: September in the garden
Get It Growing: Plan, purchase, prepare and plant in fall

Get It Growing: Plan, purchase, prepare and plant in fall

Late summer, while the past season is still visible, is a good time to evaluate your garden, allowing you to see areas that may need… Continue reading

Get It Growing: Plan, purchase, prepare and plant in fall
Get It Growing: The small spotted wing drosophila can cause big problems

Get It Growing: The small spotted wing drosophila can cause big problems

At less than an eighth of an inch in length — a pint-sized pest by most standards— the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) can be a… Continue reading

Get It Growing: The small spotted wing drosophila can cause big problems

Get It Growing: Native plants to attract wildlife

The Olympic Peninsula is an extraordinary place to behold a diversity of plants and wildlife. In any of its ecosystems, wildlife thrives when there are… Continue reading

Get It Growing: August in the garden

Get It Growing: August in the garden

August is usually the hottest month on the Olympic Peninsula; hopefully this year it will, at least, be warm. It’s most certainly going to be… Continue reading

Get It Growing: August in the garden
Get It Growing: Plant fall, winter vegetables now

Get It Growing: Plant fall, winter vegetables now

Plant a winter garden now? Yes, for residents of the North Olympic Peninsula, the maritime climate means the average minimum temperatures rarely drop below freezing(except… Continue reading

Get It Growing: Plant fall, winter vegetables now