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Water and Drought Tracking

Free Webinar to Cover Weather Stations, Water and Drought Tracking

WSU Extension’s Regional Small Farms Program is hosting a free online webinar for farmers on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas titled, “Weather Stations Webinar: A Tool for Farmers.” Gardeners and citizens interested in local weather patterns are also encouraged to register. The webinar … read more

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Rural Land Development

How to Create a Plan for Your Rural Property

Editor’s note: These tips were adapted with permission from the brochure “Tips for Water and Rural Management for Puget Sound Rural Living” by the Puget Sound Conservation Districts, adapted from “Tips on Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana,” … read more

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String Trimmer

Seven Steps for Keeping Your String Trimmer Running Strong With a Tune-Up

The gas-powered string trimmer, also known as a weed whacker, is a common yard and garden tool. Because they are less complicated than a lawnmower, many people do not know that string trimmers can benefit from a tune-up. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute … read more

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Yard Waste

How to Protect Your Soil while Preventing Pollution

Editor’s note: These tips were adapted with permission from the brochure “Tips for Water and Rural Management for Puget Sound Rural Living” by the Puget Sound Conservation Districts, adapted from “Tips on Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana,” … read more

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Know Your Soil

Know Your Soil Before You Garden

Editor’s note: These tips were adapted with permission from the brochure “Tips for Water and Rural Management for Puget Sound Rural Living” by the Puget Sound Conservation Districts, adapted from “Tips on Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana,” … read more

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The Sugar Plum Mix of dahlias offers hues of honey gold, burnt orange and violet-mauve, providing a colorful, contemporary blend of dahlias late summer. (Photo courtesy Longfield Gardens)

From Garden to Bouquet — Growing Your Own Cut Flowers

Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers. Growing seeds, plants and tender bulbs that can double as cut flowers makes it easy to create casual, fresh-cut bouquets for your dinner table … read more

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Begonia Viking XL Red on Chocolate is a striking plant great for container gardens. Its large, vibrant red flowers are contrasted with chocolate brown leaves. (Photo courtesy All-America Selections)

Ideas for Container Gardens for Every Occasion

Make every occasion special by designing and growing containers for summer holidays, weddings, anniversary parties or other special celebrations. Pick a color scheme appropriate for the occasion or a variety of colors and shapes sure to add a festive touch. Look for opportunities … read more

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Dahlia Stolze Von Berlin from Van Zyverden (Photo courtesy National Garden Bureau)

2019 is All About Dahlias

The National Gardening Bureau has declared 2019 as the Year of the Dahlia — and what better excuse to plant some news ones in your garden? You won’t enjoy their gorgeous blooms until closer to fall, but planting season is spring. Which makes … read more

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