4-H is Alive and Well

“4-H grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. Working in partnership with 110 universities, programs are research-backed and offer life-changing experiences to youth around the world.” In School Programs In-school programs and clubs typically run in conjunction with the … Read more

Garden Art Ideas

Garden art is seeing a revival. Every taste in decor can be found whether you gravitate towards rustic, English countryside, classic, elegant or modern. Create an interesting focal point by incorporating a statue or water effect into your landscape. Add a touch of whimsy with glass flowers, birdhouses, birdbath or unique metalwork. Carve out an … Read more

Farmers Markets Washington

We Love Farmers Markets! Here’s Why 1. Selection of Produce At your local farmers market you will find many superior varieties not found in most supermarkets. Each family farm is unique. The diversity of products brought to market will satisfy the most discerning foodie. 2. Quality of Produce Because fruits and vegetables are local, they … Read more

Ten Tips to Growing Prize Winning Tomatoes

Ten Tips to Growing Prize Winning Tomatoes

Do you dream of growing State Fair blue-ribbon worthy tomatoes?  Here are some considerations to help you achieve that goal.  How do judges evaluate State Fair produce entries?  Ten Tips to Growing Prize Winning Tomatoes 1. Choosing the right plants or seeds • There are advantages to purchasing tomato plants vs. starting them from seed. … Read more

Exhibiting and Judging Garden Vegetables

Factors considered in judging When preparing a display for exhibit, knowing what judges will look for in the display is helpful. The judge may lift and examine products on all sides, so imperfections cannot be hidden (Figures 1 and 2). The important characteristics of good vegetables are not greatly different from those looked for in … Read more

March 2015

“March is a month of considerable frustration – it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.” –  Thalassa Cruso MARCH IS A REAL TRANSITION MONTH across much of the country. It … Read more