Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977

Discovery Garden Weekly Announcements

Garden Announcements

Kay Torrance

Announcements are closed for the season. See you in the Spring!

Discovery Garden webpage

Bobbi Lemme

As winter approaches and gardening slows down, feel free to send me photos of your garden so I can update the DG webpage.  Many of the gardens don’t have photos, only a brief description and their plant list.  I would like to make them all more visually appealing!  So 6-8 photos will do it!  Send them to my email,, and I will have something to work on during these blustery days!!

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.