Celebrate spring gardening at the Co-op Garden Centers!
At both stores—
> Great deals to get your garden growing.
> WSU Master Gardeners share advice and answer gardening questions.
> Connecting Kids to Healthy Food seed planting activity hosted by Common Threads Farm AmeriCorps Food Educators. Watching a small seed transform into a sprout and then a plant is a magical experience for kids. Seeds donated by one of our favorite seed suppliers Uprising Seeds; potting soil and compost mix from Cedar Grove.
> Enter to win an Annie’s Garden Kit valued at $90! Each kit includes a countertop compost bin, box of compostable bags, knee pads, gardening gloves, and a gardening tote with tools.
At the Cordata store only—
Co-op Talks: short informational and inspirational presentations on gardening topics featuring knowledgeable local gardeners, innovators, designers, and experts in their field. Attend one session, or join us for the entire series.
Your Delicious Habitat: The Future of Edible Landscaping in Bellingham
11:15–11:30 am with Paul Kearsley, Ecological Designer
Your yard can supplement your diet with fresh greens, herbs, and vegetables for 10 months of the year. This can save money, provide nutritious food, and create habitat for local wildlife. And harvesting these crops is often the only care they need. Learn about a few easy perennial starters and explore these ideas as they expand across entire neighborhoods.
Bokashi Compost: Turn Your Kitchen Waste Into Gardening Gold in Just Weeks
11:30–11:45 am with Nicole and Coulby Styles, Compost Masters
Bokashi is a fermentation process that is perfect for people who create kitchen waste, are short on space to compost, but still want to put their food waste to good use in the garden without much hassle.
Basics of Seed Saving
11:45 am–noon with Krista Rome, Resilient Seeds
Learn important seed-saving concepts from planning to harvest to get you started toward greater self-sufficiency and gardening resilience. Information on dry bean and grain growing in Whatcom County, the easiest doorway to seed saving, will also be available.
Consult with Master Gardeners during a midday break
No-till Mulched Gardening: Gardening to Keep your Soil Alive and Healthy
12:30–12:45 pm with Terri Wilde, Garden Educator
In the footsteps of Ruth Stout, Masanobu Fukuoka, and Dr. Elaine Ingham, we will strive to increase soil biology and maintain mycorrhizal nutrient transporting networks by using perennial food systems, plant guilds, and mulching.
Garden Planting Strategies for Self-reliance and Food Storage
12:45–1 pm with Bill Sterling, Community Organizer and Permaculturist
Bill Sterling, a local treasure and inspirational icon of self-sufficiency, will share his 50 years of expertise and experience in the pursuit of self-reliance. Bill encourages each individual to avoid conformity and follow their own instincts and ideas.