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Chimacum, Washington, Tuesday September 26, 2017

Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

Finnriver Cover Crop SEED FROM HERE
October 9th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

By Katy McCoy

Each year, things get a little closer to perfection. Now you can naturally build up your bed’s soil nutrients and “biomass”, fight pests, sequester CO2 from the atmosphere, and support a local farmer all at the same time through one simple act – buying and planting Keith’s cover crop seed!

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Foxglove Greenhouses – Hardy Hansville Perennials
March 12th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

Dave and Gail Halsaver, along with 7 employees, have been growing beautiful perennials at Foxglove Greenhouses in Hansville (outside Kingston) since 2000 and before that in Poulsbo. Although mainly a wholesale nursery selling to 40 Western WA nurseries, they are open to the public on Saturdays during the summer season. Hoping to get the story behind all of their early spring flowering plants now for sale at the Corner, we invited ourselves over for an early sneak preview.

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Japanese Maples Actually from Quilcene
March 12th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

“Jeff and Judy Childs have been cultivating Japanese Maples in Quilcene (Vinland Nursery) since 1989, participating in an longstanding tradition that began in Japan during the 1700s, spread to England in 1820, then quickly spread throughout the temperate world. Horticulturists everywhere were captivated by the species’ inherent beauty and its ability to take on a great multitude of colors, leaf shapes, and growing patterns. Over the centuries, hundreds of new varieties have been developed.

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New Bulk Soil Amendments for Organic Gardeners
February 19th, 2014 by Katy McCoy

Every successful organic gardener or farmer knows that one of the most important requirements for growing healthy plants is starting with healthy soil: soil that is pH-balanced, packed full of nutrients, and teaming with microscopic organisms. If you feed your soil’s microorganisms, it’s said that they will pitch in and do 90% of the remaining work to keep the soil (and therefore the plants) healthy.

How to make those microorganisms happy?

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Start Hardy with Local Organic Plant Starts
April 7th, 2013 by Katy McCoy
photo of plant starts from Midori and Red Dog

by Erin Jakubek and Katy McCoy

Time to start your starts!  Last week, the earliest Midori plant starts arrived and in another 1-2 weeks, Red Dog starts will join them.  Both Midori and Red Dog starts are special in that the varieties have been chosen for their adaptability to our climate and unlike starts you see in most nurseries, the starts have been grown locally in unheated greenhouses, so the plants are hardy and ready to put in the ground the day you buy them.  The plant starts will arrive in waves and only be available when it’s time to plant.  Takes a lot of guesswork out of it for us novices!

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The Dirt on Roger’s Magical Soil
April 4th, 2013 by Katy McCoy
photo of Roger short at farm tour in front of tub of

by Phil Vogelzang and Katy McCoy

Enough about seeds and starts. All that counts for nothing if we don’t have the proper dirt. New this year the Corner is selling 25 lb bags of Roger Short’s Magical Soil for $9.99 – the perfect soil to jumpstart your plant starts. In this article we intend to get to the bottom of the magic in this Center Valley substrate and instruct you how to best use it. To get our answers, we’ve cornered the “dirtologist” himself, Roger Short, on his 400 acre Short’s Family Farm where he raises his famed 100% grass-fed beef that we so enjoy.

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Hey Chimacum, Let’s Sow Garlic!
September 9th, 2012 by Katy McCoy
photo of an Asian Tempest garlic - such beautiful cloves and straight hard neck!

by Dan Hysko

It’s almost time (late Sept – late Nov) to get next year’s garlic crop bedded down and covered with sandy soil and mulch. Your reward: curvaceous green scapes next May and robust flavor-packed bulbs in June/July. From Willowood Farm on Whidbey Island we’re selling a selection of premier seeds selected to thrive in our dampish Quimper climate. Plus… we’ll tell you how to grow it.

Garlic is an amazing food, called a super food by some. It is likely antiviral, antifungal, anticancer and

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Solstice — Supporting the Farm with a B & B
September 29th, 2011 by Katy McCoy

by Camille Cody

For owners Linda Davis and Jim Rueff, it is the things people everywhere share and all depend upon (mainly food!) that inspired their creation of Solstice Farm Bed and Breakfast.  Food is the common denominator that can bring many diverse groups with differing opinions, agendas and ideas together.  We all eat, and finding that common ground can build bridges of community both in the neighborhood and from far away.

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Ducks to the Rescue at Finnriver!
August 30th, 2011 by Katy McCoy
photo of purposeful looking duck at Finnriver farm

By Camille Cody

It’s not breaking news that we had lots of rain last spring and early summer, but we’re now seeing its sad effect at Finnriver Farm. This is the time Finnriver is normally flush with delicious plump blueberries, blueberries being one of Finnriver’s biggest cash crops. But as Finnriver watched and waited all summer for evidence of a fruitful crop, most of what they have held out for is shriveling up and falling to the ground,

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Dick Schneider’s Greenhouse Laboratory
July 31st, 2011 by Katy McCoy

by Camille Cody

“Know Your Farmer” and “Food From Here” are hot phrases and bumper stickers right now.  The movement advocates a much-needed return to family-run business and community building.  When we ask ourselves how we can support the farmers in our area, most of answer it from a consumer standpoint.  We need to buy more local goods so that local farmers can make a decent living.

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