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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   - FOR SALE Mason Bee Tubes $2.50              email  Sarah Neugebauer neugebs@wwu.edu    

Garden Design                                Kelle Sunter                                                                  Feb.  27, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                                                                                     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.

Can you make a Turkey Whistle?                                                                                March 9, Sat, 10:30am-12pm                            Ron Snyder & Cathy Taggett                                You can, if you come to this workshop with Ron Snyder and Cathy Taggett!  Just in time to use the turkey bones from Easter for something other than soup. Join us for this fun, hands on class. You will take home a real  whistle!! (not a turkey calling whistle!)

Pruning                           Kelle Sunter                                                                                   March 13, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                                                                               This is STILL a good time to start pruning. New thoughts about how and when to prune (the why is still the same!)  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!

Tool Sharpening & Spring Maintenance                                                                   March 16, Sat, 10am – 12noon                Phil McRee and Heino Sunter                                   Time to think about getting your yard tools ready for work! Sharper tools work better and well adjusted tools, even better. We are going to be covering the basics (no tear downs of riding lawn mowers), including tips and tricks for making the process easier and more efficient. 

 Dahlias             Tiffany Fisk and Kelle Sunter                                                                                                  March  27, Wed, 4-6pm                                                                                                                                     March  30, Sat, 10am-12pm                                                                                            Dahlias are considered to be the premier cut flower. Easy to grow, though, there are some definite tricks! With thousands of colors and flower forms and their long bloom time they are VERY rewarding!! Presentation includes expert dahlia growers, live demos and answering questions. 

Hearing Aids      Heino Sunter                                                                                                                                April 1, Monday, 7-8pm                                                                                                                                               April 4, Thursday, 7-8pm  
Want to hear better, but it's just too expensive? Learn how to purchase name brand hearing aids for a fraction of the cost. Class will cover information on hearing testing, hearing aid cleaning, maintenance, and adjustments. Presented by Heino Sunter, a hearing aid user who wants share what he's learned.
 
Backyard Chickens          Dalia of Chickenlandia!                                                              April 6, Saturday, 10:30-12pm                                                                                             April 10, Wed. 4-5:30pm                                                                                                              Dalia Monterroso, ambassador for Scratch and Peck Feeds and creator of the popular YouTube Channel "Welcome to Chickenlandia" returns to teach you everything you need to know about having your own backyard flock of happy, healthy chickens. Learn how to select the necessary supplies, provide the proper nutrition and natural care, and avoid predators, large and small. 
                                                                                                 

Worms! & Composting                                                                                                       April 20, Saturday, 10am-12pm                                                                                             Do you scrape plates into the garbage? Toss vegetable scraps, also? It’s not a good thing for our landfills AND you are throwing away valuable soil building materials! Whether you have been thinking about a compost bin or becoming a Worm Wrangler, this workshop will get you started!! We will cover the basics of food waste “recycling”, how easy it is AND managing worms, indoors and out! The upside - You will see huge benefits in your garden!

Container Gardening                     Kelle Sunter                                                               April 24, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                                                                                   Join us for an “out of the ground and into the box” introduction to container gardening. If you think that you MUST have a plot of land or maybe mobility issues have slowed you down, we want to help you NOT give up on gardening!! We will start with the basics from choosing containers and the right plants to learning how to water them.

Kombucha                                   kelle Sunter                                                                        May 8, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                                                                                                                Known as “The Elixir of Life”, Kombucha origins remain shrouded in mystery. Some drink it for health, some for flavor. If you have never tried it, nows your chance! We invite you to get in touch with your inner "Ghengis" by learning more about this interesting elixir at this fun, informative presentation. We will be sampling different flavors, demonstrating how to make your own AND sending you home with your own culture (SCOBY) to start brewing.

Planting for Year Round Harvest       George Kaas                                                        May 18, Saturday, 10-12noon                                                                                              May 22, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                                                                            Seems silly to be thinking about Fall planting right now, but to get that late season harvest and into the winter produce, NOW is the time! We will talk about what can be grown and harvested year round. How to build your soil, winter protection (now is a great time to plan and build some) and best planting practices for healthy harvests.

 

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 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
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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 - fruit@blaine-core.com  or call  360-332-7435 (leave message)

 

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