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Helping to Create Edible Yards in Blaine, Washington
Mission: To provide city wide enhancement and beautification on a multitude of levels by
planting food bearing trees, bushes and vines that offer food to residents of Blaine;
local wildlife food and shelter; soil enhancement and water retention.
Not near Blaine? other class opportunities on our Resources or Classes pages (see links to left)
REALLY passionate about gardening? consider becoming a Master Gardener (link)
Unless noted, all workshops are no charge and held at the Blaine Library in Blaine. Link
Mason Bees - Alternative Pollinators Kelle Sunter & Cap Connors Jan. 9, Wednesday, 4-6pm
Pruning 101 George Kaas
Jan. 12, Saturday, 10-12noon
The crisis in our bee population is very real. We want to help you learn how to support all pollinators in your own backyard. This workshop will present an overview of the problem and introduce you to native pollinators. We will discuss how to establish and maintain a healthy colony in your yard and neighboring areas. Check the CORE website or Facebook page, we may have Mason Bees for sale at these workshops. Live honeybees will also be present along with local beekeeper, Capp Connors.
The Basics of Sprouting Kelle Sunter
Jan. 19, Saturday, 10am-12noon
Nutrient dense, sprouts are a welcome addition to our winter diet! Easy to grow, you don’t even need a windowsill. We will cover basic supplies, where to get seeds, timetables, etc.
Jan. 23, Wednesday, 4-6pm
Jan. 26, Saturday, 10-12pm
This is the perfect time to start pruning. Trees are breaking hibernation earlier (or not even going into deep hibernation), so take advantage of some of our sunny winter days and brush up on those pruning skills. We will discuss tools, why prune, decisions necessary (learning to understand growth habits of trees/bushes). We will also present on overgrown trees and how to get them back in shape. Bring your questions!
Winter Gardening & Soil Basics George Kaas
Feb. 6, Wednesday, 4-6pm Feb. 9, Saturday, 10-12pm
We will be talking about what can be “wintered over” in your garden. What effects do winter have on your soil and how to best prepare for a healthy summer season. What are hoop houses and how to get a jump on the growing season. Simple hoop house construction and what can you grow in it with passive protection. We will provide planting tables to help guide your seed buying.
Garden Design George Kaas Feb. 20, Wednesday, 4-6pm Feb. 23, Saturday, 10-12pm We will discuss how to look at your yard as if you were a landscape designer. Especially important for placement of fruit bearing trees, bushes and vines. Considerations for placement of vegetable gardens. In this presentation, we will talk about your overall yard including hardscape assessments, materials use, integration with your home and/or views, sunlight observations, air flow and other major landscaping decisions.
It's time to do your Fall Chores !!!! are you putting in a winter garden? or maybe planting a cover crop? Whatever you do, remember that soil building starts today . . . .
2019 Spring PLANT SALES !! (please double check the dates!)
March 23, 9am-2pm - Whatcom Conservation Dist. Plant Sale - Whatcom Comm. College link
April 6, 10am-3pm - Whatcom Dahlia Society Tuber Sale - Bloedel Donovan Park link
April 27, 9am-12noon - Birchwood Garden Club Sale, lower level of Bellingham Library link
May 4 - 10am-noon - Washington Native Plant Society-Salal Chapter’s 16th Annual Plant Sale
Mt. Vernon, WSU, NW Research Station, 16650 State Highway 536 link
May 4 - Peace Arch Dahlia and Plant Sale at Peace Arch Park - link
May 11 - Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale at Hovander Park link
If you would like us to come and speak at a community activity or event to help inform your participants about the CORE project, please contact us.
We have had several community meetings to introduce the CORE project. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help with our mission and goals, please do not hestitate to contact us - email@example.com or call 360-332-7435 (leave message)
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