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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.

2023 Master Gardener Plant Fair
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2023 Master Gardener Plant Fair

Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardeners are preparing for their 2023 Plant Fair at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount...
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Vermicomposting
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Vermicomposting

By composting at home, either in a pile or with a worm bin, we can stop the cycle by feeding...
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Midnight Marauders
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Midnight Marauders

Master Gardener Diana Wisen discusses slug damage and eradication, one of the most discussed topics among PNW gardeners.
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Cool Weather Vegetables
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Cool Weather Vegetables

The marine-influenced weather in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect climate for growing cool-season vegetables.
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Heathers and Heaths
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Heathers and Heaths

Heathers and heaths, common in our area, have a multitude of characteristics and are well-adapted to the Pacific Northwest landscape....
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Birds in Winter
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Birds in Winter

From the comfort of your chair, you may also notice winter birds flitting about. Birds are an integral part in...
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January is a Perfect Time to Start These Cool Hardy Beauties
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January is a Perfect Time to Start These Cool Hardy Beauties

While hard to find in flower nurseries it is possible to start lisianthus from seeds. Mastering the seed-starting techniques was...
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Books for Gardeners
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Books for Gardeners

Skagit Master Gardeners share their favorite books to curl up with over the holidays.
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Winter Sowing
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Winter Sowing

The dark days of winter are upon us. As a gardener, this is the time of year we pull out...
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Grow Your Own Natural Dyes
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Grow Your Own Natural Dyes

As the summer blooms fade and the bright hues of autumn give way to the gray of November, gardeners and...
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Dahlias: To Dig or Not to Dig
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Dahlias: To Dig or Not to Dig

Master Gardeners share their overwintering techniques By Anne Hays, Skagit County WSU Master Gardener Dahlias, first imported from Mexico and...
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