Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977

Announcements are in hibernation.  Visit again in the spring.

Submit a Garden Announcement

Tell everyone where you need help, provide an update on your garden, report a lost tool, or just share information. The deadline for weekly inputs is Friday at midnight for the weekend email to the Garden Workers distribution list.

Standing Notes:

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.

Parking - If you park by NW Fruit, use common sense if it has been rainy.  Please do not park close to the elm trees as it compacts the soil around their roots. Also, please do not block the reader board sign.

Tools - There is a wheelbarrow locked outside the shed for your use. The combo is 1607.  Please clean your tools and wheelbarrows before you put them away.

Compost Area Guidelines

- NUTSEDGE, 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.

- ROSES, HORSETAIL, SPOTTED SPURGE, and DISEASED MATERIAL goes in the YUCK bin. Remove dirt first. This is taken to the NWREC burn pile or municipal waste.

- 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.

- 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.

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

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.

Problem Weeds 

Cyperus esculentus (yellow nutsedge) - Class B Noxious Weed in WA. Spreads by seed, tubers, rhizomes, and corm-like basal bulbs. Seeds and tubers are dispersed with agricultural and nursery activities, soil movement and by water. Seeds can also be dispersed by the wind. LINK

Euphorbia maculata (spotted or prostrate spurge)

An annual weed with a prostrate growth habit that flourishes in warm climates and dies back after frost. It is typically found in sidewalk cracks, gravel, roadsides, gardens, and sometimes woodlands. Even tiny seedlings can flower and set prolific amounts of seed which has limited or no dormancy.