WSU Whatcom County Extension

Garden Share

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

Tools & Tips

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Gardening Information

WSU Whatcom County Extension - Free Diagnostic Plant Clinic
   Bring sections of diseased plants or pest problems in closed plastic bags for diagnosis and advice.
   M-F, 9am-Noon & 1-4pm • 1000 N. Forest St, Bellingham • (360) 778-5808 •

Fruit Handbook for Western Washington (pdf)
Tree Pruning Presentation (pdf)

Raised Bed Gardening
     - WSU Raised Bed Fact Sheet (pdf)
     - Building a Raised Bed - Video

Beneficial Insects Factsheet (pdf)

Pest Control in Home Vegetable Gardens (pdf)

Bellingham Food Bank - Garden Project Growing Guide (pdf)

Cover Crops in the Home Garden

Cover Crops for Home Gardens West of Cascades (pdf)

Cover Crops for Home Gardens East of Cascades (pdf)

Methods for Successful Cover Crop Management in Your Home Garden (pdf)


Water & Irrigation Tips

Rain barrel catchment designs, water conservation practices

Drip Irrigation for Home Gardens (pdf)
City of Bellingham - Water Conservation
WSU Extension - FAQs for Residential (Lawn and Garden) Irrigators


Seeds & Plant Nurseries

Seed swaps, seed saving techniques and sources of Northwest grown seeds

Sustainable Bellingham annual seed swap
Nurseries that Carry Pacific Northwest Native Plants (pdf)
Whatcom County Gardens & Nurseries (pdf)

Abundant Life Seeds (London, OR)
Bountiful Gardens (Willits, CA)
Full Circle Seeds (Sooke, BC)
Irish Eyes Garden Seeds (Ellensburg, WA)
Organic Seed Alliance (Port Townsend, WA)
Osborne Seed Company (Mt. Vernon, WA)
Salt Spring Seeds (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Seeds of Victoria (Victoria, BC)
Sunseed Farm (Acme, WA) – organic plant starts
Territorial Seed Company (Cottage Grove, OR)
Uprising Seeds (Bellingham, WA)
West Coast Seeds (Delta, BC)
Wild Garden Seed (Philomath, OR)


Soils and Soil Amendments

Local farms and businesses may donate soil, compost & manure

Soil Testing in Whatcom County (Local Labs) (pdf)

Grow Source

Intrepid Coco-Coir

Cascadia Mushrooms

De Wilde’s Nursery

Skagit Soils


Lumber & Wood Products

Raised beds, fencing, wood chips, etc.

The ReStore is a great place to find salvaged products

Wood Chips & Mulch
Local arborists, City & County Parks may have surplus chips.

Cardboard for sheet mulching is a great alternative.


Equipment - Power & Manual Tools

WSU Whatcom County Extension has a roto tiller that can be loaned out to community garden work parties.

City Neighborhood Associations may offer tool libraries



Request for Assistance at the Community First Garden Project (e.g. Garden Mentor, Workshops, Technical Assistance)



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WSU Whatcom County Extension • 1000 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225 • (360) 778-5800 •