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Discovery Garden Announcements (Updated September 19)

General Info



The fall equinox is approaching fast.  Days in the garden are tiring and cold.  Yet--most of us love this time of year.   Fall brings us many gifts, including the gift of leaves.  Leaves are an amazing part of the garden.  Perhaps you might try something different with your leaves this year.   Let a few more stay in your garden on the ground.  Leaves provide insulation for delicate roots and leaves provide secure protection for many beneficial insect predators.

If you don't want to use your leaves,  please bring them to the labeled bin in the compost area.  Leaves make beautiful compost.

Wood Chip Delivery & Garden Waste Removal

Deborah Smeltzer

On Tuesday, Sep 28, Cedar Playground Chips will be delivered to the front entrance of the Discovery Garden to replenish those paths that have been recently weeded and need chips (paths surrounding the Small Fruit Garden and Shade Garden path). We could use some help unloading the chips, delivering wheelbarrow loads to the paths, and spreading the chips. If other Gardens need chips, please let Deborah know at Paths receiving chips need to be free of weeds, so get your weeding finished BEFORE Tue, Sep 28.

Once the trailer is empty, it will be moved to the grass alleyway and be available for disposal of green garden waste. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHOP OR PRECUT. Please respect our rules about what goes into compostable material: NO NUTSEDGE (goes to trash); NO HORSETAIL, SPOTTED SPURGE, OR ROSES (go to Yuck Bin).

The trailer will depart the Discovery Garden at approximately 1:30 PM. Please be sure to provide garden waste prior to that time.  We will schedule another garden waste pick-up on a workday in October.

Problem Weeds

Deborah Smeltzer

Reminder that: - NUTSEDGE needs to go in the TRASH - HORSETAIL and SPOTTED SPURGE need to go in the YUCK BIN (do NOT put in the Compost Bin).

For more information: Cyperus esculentus - yellow nutsedge - Class B Noxious Weed in WA - Yellow nutsedge spreads by seed and by 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 - Spotted spurge is a summer 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.

Budget Requests

Deborah Smeltzer


Garden Coordinators - Please drop off your completed 2022 Budget Request in the plastic box with lid in the Shed next to the sign-in clipboard. Extra Budget Forms are in a folder in the vertical rack at the same location or online in the Members Corner Admin section under Financial.
If you have any questions about your budget or garden plan, please contact Debi Kirac, Janet Kowalski, Diane Bauman, or Deborah Smeltzer.
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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.

Compost Area
PLEASE be careful about what you put in our Discovery Garden Compost Bins. Recently, forbidden material has been found in the compost bins. These include: ROSE clippings, NUTSEDGE, HORSETAIL, PLASTICS, METAL. Remember - GARBAGE IN means GARBAGE OUT! Garden Coordinators and those on your teams should be more careful to keep these materials out of our system. If you don't want it in your soil or garden, don't throw it in the compost piles. 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.

Please follow these 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, 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. Our GREEN BIN is currently full and can take no more material.

- 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.

- 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. THANK YOU.

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 :

DG Budget - The current budget is always posted on the Members Corner under the Foundation and Board Financial tab.