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  • Planning pollinator-friendly gardens

    Mary Dessel|Jan 20, 2022

    Midwinter is known for its rainy and cold days, with darkness descending by late afternoon. But amid the dark, there is light. It is a good time to pull back, go within and plan your 2022 garden. I used to think gardens were for growing vegetables, but after five years as a WSU Mason County Master Gardener, I've learned a garden is so much more. Now is the time many of us are browsing plant catalogs looking for plants to enhance our gardens. As you select plants, you have an opportunity to go a...

  • Pumpkins and Gourds: From Garden to Decor

    Mary Dessel|Oct 28, 2021

    You can join Mason County Master Gardeners for a free, one-hour Zoom class that provides the basics about growing gourds and pumpkins. People can learn to create a table decoration using pumpkins and succulents to highlight a Thanksgiving table. The "Through the Garden Gate" workshop, titled "Pumpkins and Gourds: From Garden to Décor," starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 6. Gourds are one of the earliest plants domesticated by humans, dating back 13,000 years. They have been used as water containers,...