Published on Thu, May 1, 2008
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Blaine community garden plots still available

There are still a few spaces at Blaine community garden space to grow organic flowers or vegetables this summer. No experience is necessary. Garden organizers are also looking for a donation of a shed so members can store gardening equipment. For more information,  contact 332-8040.

Master gardener plant sale scheduled this Saturday

A master gardener plant sale and fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Neilsen Road, in Ferndale.

The event, sponsored by the Washington State University’s Whatcom Master Gardener Foundation and Whatcom County Parks and Recreation, will feature carefully tended and well-identified annuals, perennials, herbs, trees (an abundance of vine maples this year). All will be available to purchase along with a selection of tomato starts suitable for growing in the northwest.

Steve Lorton, formerly a bureau chief for Sunset Magazine, will inform and entertain as he speaks at noon about being a responsible gardener.
Master gardeners will also be on hand to offer cultivation tips and answer gardening questions. In addition gardeners will enjoy a raffle, food sales, vendors, and displays. For more information, call 360/676-6736.

Recycle used gardening containers free of charge

The Washington State University’s extension program has scheduled a special event to collect used gardening containers for recycling.

Volunteers will collect dry and relatively clean garden containers such as pots and flats from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at their extension center at 16650 SR 536 west of Mount Vernon. Drain pipe, truck bed liners and plastic lumber for benches will also be accepted.

Cleaned containers should be sorted into specially marked bags at the collection event. Individuals are also welcome to take pots and flats that other gardeners have left behind. For more information, or to volunteer at the event, e-mail by May 1 to sign up.

Other recycling opportunities are available for rinsed pesticide containers, baling twine and film, row covers, pipe, drip tape, and business plastics. Call the RE Sources agricultural plastics recycling program at 800/760-8434 for details.

The collection will be in conjunction with the annual plant sale hosted by the WSU Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation.