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The Ask a Master Gardener blog features a wide range of articles written by Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardeners on topics relevant to gardeners in the North Puget Sound area.

Memorial Gardens
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Memorial Gardens

The very act of envisioning, planning, and creating a memorial garden can help you focus on things beautiful and symbolic...
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Plant Clinics
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Plant Clinics

Visit a Master Gardener Plant Clinic and get answers to your questions from WSU Extension-trained experts.
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30th Annual Plant Fair
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30th Annual Plant Fair

Plants, education, food, music. Kick off your gardening season at the 30th Annual Skagit Master Gardener Plant Fair - Saturday,...
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Potting Soil
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Potting Soil

Successful container gardening depends on the attributes of your potting soil. Take a deep dive into how it is made...
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Tent Caterpillars
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Tent Caterpillars

During this time of year, tent caterpillar egg casings on the branches of deciduous trees are easy to spot. Remove...
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Gardening Fitness
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Gardening Fitness

As you plan for the gardening season ahead, tune-up with these at-home stretches and exercises so you'll be up to...
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Gardening for All Abilities
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Gardening for All Abilities

Whatever the physical challenge, take heart and continue to enjoy gardening by implementing some of these adaptive methods.
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Gardening for Wildlife
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Gardening for Wildlife

Explore the benefits of using keystone plants to create a wildlife-friendly ecosystem in your own garden.
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Pollinators
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Pollinators

Learn about pollinators and open your eyes to the beauty and intricate connectivity of nature. As gardeners, we can make...
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Veggie Gardening for Rookies
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Veggie Gardening for Rookies

Interested in growing vegetables but wondering where to start? Master gardeners walk you through what to consider when starting a...
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Indoor Grow Stand
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Indoor Grow Stand

Grow herbs and vegetables in the middle of the winter with an indoor growing stand.
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Raised Beds
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Raised Beds

Winter is a great time to plan for next season and explore the many advantages of building raised gardening beds.
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Season Extenders
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Season Extenders

An early frost quickly brings a close to the gardening season. Here, Master Gardener Hallie Kintner discusses tools and techniques...
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The Health Benefits of Gardening
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The Health Benefits of Gardening

Gardening has long been considered good for the soul. Here Master Gardener Kathy Wolfe writes about the many ways gardening...
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Plant Spring Blooming Bulbs Now
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Plant Spring Blooming Bulbs Now

Master Gardener Jessamyn Tuttle explores the many wonderful bulbs which, if planted now, will bloom as early as late January.
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Seed Saving 101
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Seed Saving 101

Master Gardener Sheri Rylaarsdam shares the fun of getting started saving and sharing seeds from your garden.
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Cider Making
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Cider Making

Get started pressing apple juice and making cider. Learn about the excellent resources here in Skagit County and how to...
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Restoring Nature
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Restoring Nature

Recently certified Master Gardener Joan Stamm writes about how Douglas Tallamay's book, Nature's Best Hope changed her gardening perspective.
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Be Firewise
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Be Firewise

Former wildland firefighter and Master Gardener Marlene Finley outlines key elements to making your home defensible in a wildfire.
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USDA Zones and Microclimates
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USDA Zones and Microclimates

Master Gardener Claudia Wells discusses the various USDA Zones in Skagit County and microclimates and how they affect your garden's...
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