Blaine Community Orchards for Resources & Education


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We are interested in developing an educational program for the general public that will teach individuals how to design, plant and care for an edible yard. Secondarily, we will also offer education in harvest and storage of produce.

If you are an individual whose skill sets include expertise in the above areas and are interested in partnering with Blaine CORE we would welcome your involvement.

Additionally, we are hoping to collaborate an educational program that will provide learning opportunities for horticulture students at Blaine School District and potentially, other school districts or other educational facilities.

Below you will find some helpful articles/link on caring and cultivation of your fruit bearing plants. For information on Pollinators, please click.

Why Gardening Matters? (great article!) link

Fruit Handbook Western Washington, Varieties & Culture -40 pages

- download pdf

NEW Alternative Fruit Crops - link to 20 pg. publication (pdf)

Information on Growing Small Fruits link to WSU website pages (mostly berries)

Garden Design Slide Show (from Garden Design workshop by CORE)


Pruning Fruit Trees from WSU Mt. Vernon - click here to download (pdf)            16 pgs

Slide Show on Pruning Fruit Trees -WSU - click here (will play             automatically)

USDA - Pruning Trees (general information) - link

Training/Pruning Dwarf Apple Trees/Reviving Old Trees  pdf   4 pgs

handout from Cloud Mountain Farms

Aggie Horticulture Basic of Pruning  link (pdf)   12 pages

Oregon State University - Pruning 101   link (pdf)   



Integrated Pest Management/IPM - WSU link to website pages/information  or  

Invertebrate Conservation Webinars from Xerces Society - link

Manage Insects on Your Property, ecological strategies, 130 pgs

Tent Catepillars, an overview and strategies - 2 pages   link

Vegetable/Plant Gardening

U of Florida - Basic Principles of Landscape Design - 12pgs. pdf link

Garden Planner - from Seedsaver's website

Garden-Wise, Western Washing planting non-invasive natives, 36 pgs

Soil Testing for Home Gardeners - WSU  download pdf  2 pgs

20 Clues to Community Survival -

COMPOSTING -Link to WSU site

Tunnels/Hoop Houses & Extending Your Growing Season

WSU - Portable Field Hoophouses - link pdf   8 pages

Simple PVC Arched Greenhouse (plans) - link pdf   3 pages

WSU Ext. Hoop Houses (paper) - link pdf   2 pages (has links for info)

Small Greenhouse, basic plan  - link pdf  4 pages

WSU Ext. Research on Tunnels and Plastic Mulch, overview -link

Rainbarrels, Rain Gardens & Water Management

Building a Rain Barrel - 11 pages

WSU Rain Gardens Resources (link to page on website)

Video - 32 min. Introduction to Rain Gardens - WSU Ext. production

Handbook - Rain Gardens in the Puget Sound - 96pg. book

Whatcom County Native Plants for your Rain Garden - 24pgs

Soil Guidelines for Rain Gardens - 27pgs

Rain Garden Network - another website for resources

TEMPLATES and Resources for Rain Gardens - Website



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