Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977

Discovery Garden Weekly Announcements


diana wisen

The Skagit Master Gardeners annual meeting is Tuesday evening, Oct 25 via Zoom.   Like last year, we want to entice you to attend by making it extra fun since we can't be in person yet for lunch at NWREC like we used to do. Thus, start thinking about your Halloween costume, hat, or decor.  Who can ever forget Diane Bauman's amazing disguise last year or Herta's magnificent hat and mask the year before?     Plus, we want to offer door prizes, so this is a request for items.   Please call or email Diana Wisen if you have questions or have something to donate.  Thanks so much


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Cathy & My Thanh

Thanks for helping us build a team for the greenhouse.  Please continue to help us spread the word.

I’m glad you enjoyed the lisianthus, Eustoma grandiflorum.  They are challenging to start from seeds but after we get them to 12 weeks, they are quite resilient.  We are looking forward to growing them and many other plants for the plant fair, and we will need a lot of help.  Thanks!

New Greenhouse co-managers class of 2022.

My Thanh Kim

              (619) 675-9808

Cathy Markham


              (360) 722-4167


Kathy Wolfe

First off, thanks so much to all of you who showed up to help in our garden last Tuesday! We got so much done! We still have harvesting and doing more clean up next week as well as adding soil to several beds to start our fall wrap up. Any extra help would be appreciated!

Green waste removal

Deborah Smeltzer

Deborah Smeltzer and David Kingsbury will bring their dump trailer to the Discovery Garden on two Tuesdays in October to collect garden waste. On the 1st Tuesday, Oct 4th, the trailer will be parked in the grass alleyway near the composting area. On the 3rd Tuesday, Oct 18th, the trailer will be parked in the handicapped parking at the front entrance. You may bring any compostable green waste from your garden areas without chopping for removal to La Conner Waste Treatment. PLEASE NO NUTSEDGE (goes in trash) and NO SPOTTED SPURGE or DISEASED MATERIAL (goes in yuck bin for burn pile).

2023 Budget Requests

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Deborah Smeltzer

Extra copies of the 2023 Budget Request Form can be found in the vertical file rack next to the Check-in clipboard in the Shed. A marked box is located in front of the file rack. Please deposit your completed 2023 Budget Requests in the box. Be sure to check-off your name and date on the checklist provided in the box.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL 2023 BUDGET REQUESTS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11. Also, any funds in your 2022 budget that have not been spent by early December will revert to the SCMGF general funds.

If you have any questions about the 2023 Budget Process of required documents please contact:

   Treasurer Diane Bauman at email:
   Budget Committee Member Deborah Smeltzer at email:

Standing Notes for the Garden

Garden Co-Managers

Sign In / Sign Out - Use the Sign In sheets in the Shed, Plant House or Greenhouse to sign in with the date, your name, the time you started working in the garden, where you worked in the garden and the time you left the garden.  Be sure to Sign Out when you depart.

Driving/Parking - 5 mph speed limit on NWREC property. Park in the gravel lot or in the grass along the NW Fruit garden.  Please do not obstruct views of our signage.

Tools - Please clean your tools and wheelbarrows before you put them away.

Compost Area Guidelines
- NUTSEDGE, SHOTWEED, go in the Invasive Weeds plastic container in the compost area. This is taken to the trash.

- ROSES, HORSETAIL, SPOTTED SPURGE, and DISEASED MATERIAL goes in the YUCK bin. YUCK bins are on the north wall of the wheelbarrow shed. Remove dirt first. This is taken to the NWREC burn pile or municipal waste. If you can't find the YUCK bins, please ask.

- WOODY materials need to be laid straight into the BROWN BIN for easy removal. No Roses, and No Greens that can be chopped. Woody material is processed in our chipper. Diameter of the sticks should be no more than 2.5 inches. Bent and heavily branched sticks need to be trimmed. Your prep effort means the Compost Team can spend less time processing all the material and less fuel running the noisy chipper.

- Knock all SOIL off green or woody material and leave in your garden area. SOD goes in the SOD BIN. Shake off soil and separate it from your greens. Soil does not make compost. There are screens in the compost area, you can put over a wheelbarrow to help remove the soil.

- CHOP ALL GREENS into bins #1 or #2. Long grasses and day lilies must be chopped - do NOT put in the Brown Bin. They will foul the chipper and disable the machine resulting in costly repairs.

- PLASTIC, METAL goes in the TRASH. This includes plant tags, wire, stakes, string, plastic sheeting, zip ties, etc. Try to be alert to foreign objects that do not belong in the compost (or the chipper) and remove them to the garbage.

If you are not sure where something should go, read the signage, or ask. When in doubt, put it in the Yuck Bin or the trash. See below for information on problem weeds.

Compost Piles - La Conner compost/mulch is in the large bin north of the Shed. There is also compost from our DG generated process available in the compost area.

Sluggo - located in the wheelbarrow shed inside the cabinet to the right of the door as you walk in.

Lost and Found - Lost and Found is located in the box in the center of the shed.

Pesticide Use - Click here to download the Pesticide Approval Form.  Please email the Garden Managers BEFORE applying pesticides to your garden. Advance notice through email is the only way we can notify your fellow Gardeners that you are using pesticides. Glyphosate (Round Up) and Pre-emergents (Preen) are included in the notice requirement. You do not have to declare the use of Sluggo (Iron Phosphate).

Grants - SCMGF has a Grants team. We are responsible for submitting grant applications when appropriate. If you have a budget request that cannot be met with our regular budget, we might be able to get the funds needed through a grant. Please fill out the grant application request form and submit it via email to :

Budget - The current budget is always posted on the Members Corner under the Foundation and Board Financial tab.  Click here to put in a reimbursement request.