Please join me this Thursday, Nov. 21, 7-9 p.m. at Molbak’s in Woodinville for Gather, Give & Grow, a special after-hours shopping event. This excellent nursery is hosting the holiday event as a
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fundraiser for many garden-related organizations. There will be coffee and Danish kringle, raffle prizes, and much to browse as you stroll among the twinkling lights of the decorated store.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the involved groups, which include Seattle Tilth, 21 Acres, Plant Amnesty, the Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Master Gardener program, the Arboretum Foundation and three garden clubs.
The $10 ticket cost, along with 5% of your purchases, goes to the participating organization of your choice. This would be a great time to grab some holiday gifts for the gardener on your list.
Perhaps that list includes books! I know mine does. A number of garden authors will be there signing our books from 7 to 8 p.m., and a personalized copy makes an even more thoughtful gift.
I’ll be there, along with Ciscoe Morris, Marty
Wingate, Janit Calvo, Karen Chapman, Colin McCrate, and Lisa Taylor.
Hope to see you.
Thanks to attendees and organizers at the Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference in Everett last weekend. I had a great time presenting talks on cool-season gardening and on edible heirlooms.
Due to a full house for my cool-season gardening talk, we didn’t
have enough handouts for everyone, so I promised to post it here for people to download. Here’s a PDF: Cool Season MG Conf handout Thorness
list would be useful for others who are contemplating a winter garden too. It gives a brief definition of season extension devices like cold frames, cloches, hot caps and floating row cover, and lists some locations where you can get these valuable winter gardening devices, or at least the materials to make your own.
It also lists a few of my favorite books on edible gardening, and some useful weather websites for the year-round gardener.
Of course, all of this is discussed in much greater detail in the book.
Hope you’ve been inspired to try growing some fall and winter edibles
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— don’t tackle too much! Plant a few seeds, maybe set up a cloche, and see what happens!
When we talk winter gardening in the summer, people are flummoxed.
“Hey, the garden’s full! How am I supposed to fit in the fall and winter crops?”
Or they give that cocky summer attitude.
“Forget kale — my tomatoes are just ripening!”
Well. Our beautiful summer can’t last forever, my friend, and if the late blight comes early, don’t come crying to me.
This Saturday at the venerable Molbak’s in Woodinville, I’ll be sharing some secrets about getting the winter garden underway, as well as offering ideas about what to do with the garden space when the big guns of summer — tomatoes, peppers, squash — have gone silent.
Here’s a sneak peek:
My talk is 10-11 a.m., and from 11 to 3 there’s a Master Gardener clinic there, so you can also bring other plant problems and questions for my colleagues to field.
The Molbak’s folks assure me that they have plenty of fall vegetable starts and seeds on hand, too, as well as a full range of season extension tools.
Come see the pretty slides of winter vegetables and dream of the kale — I mean cool — season.
Thinking of picking up your vegetable plant starts this weekend at the big Seattle Tilth Edible Plant Sale in Wallingford? I recommend it.
See me Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
And if you come Sunday morning, you will find me there! I’ll be doing a show-and-tell about season extension products and techniques, starting at 10:30 in the education tent. Grab a coffee (available on site) and join me.
I might even rave a bit about my favorite heirloom varieties available at this year’s sale.
The Seattle Tilth sale, if you’ve never been, is a cornucopia of veggie starts. The tables are laden with flat after flat of tomato starts — more varieties than available anywhere else. They also always have a lot of pepper starts and eggplants.
They stock plenty of cool-season crops too.
The Brassicas will be plentiful — kale, collards, cabbage, broccoli, even Brussels sprouts — and there will be Asian greens, edible
weeds, lettuce galore and lovely leeks.
You’ll find the education tent along with live music and a number of vendors in Meridian Park adjacent to the sale site.
Try the Master Gardener Sale Too
Now, when you’re done with the Tilth sale, but if you have a hankering for more, get on over to the King County Master Gardener Plant Sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
There you’ll find loads of perennials in all shapes and sizes, and get expert growing advice from the
swarm of Master Gardeners working the sale.
I will be on duty late in the day, but there are plenty of MG’s more knowledgeable than me who would love to be your personal shopper and help you find the perfect plants for your garden.
And if you have a plant with a problem, bring it along and get a diagnosis. Be sure to cut a sample shortly before coming and bring it in a plastic bag. This is a great free service provided by Master Gardeners whenever and wherever we host information tables (farmers markets, big-box hardware stores, etc.), but it’s a bonus to have it at the plant sale too.
The proceeds from each of these great plant sales benefit the non-profit organizations who run them. So take a break from visiting your favorite nursery this weekend and make Sunday your plant sale day.