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Funding for this project provided in part by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
King Conservation District
1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130
Renton, WA 98057
Hours: Monday — Friday, 8:30 AM — 5:00 PM
King Conservation District
is holding an election for Seat #3 on the Board of Supervisors. Three Supervisors are elected by voters and two are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Each Supervisor has a term that lasts three years.
The in-person paper ballot polling station is now available at the KCD Office, 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130, in Renton, WA and is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday through Friday only, from March 19 to March 30.
Because this is an on-request mail-in election, no “absentee ballots” are necessary. ... See more
We teach principles of conservation, encourage environmental and agricultural enhancement, coordinate productive relationships between citizens and regulatory agencies and assist landowners with implementation of conservation practices. Our services are free to residents of King County, Washington. ... See more
Happy first day of spring! Here are some suggestions for companion planting in your garden.
GROWING ORGANICALLY WITHOUT PESTICIDES
If you are like most Families, and want to stay away from harmful synthetic chemicals and pesticides, and grow Organically, the best way to do that is to select plants for your garden that will help control and repel your insect pests. This method is called Companion Planting, and will help cut down on your workload in the Garden, You will do best to plant these at same time you plant your Veggies, but you can also plant afterwards.
(THE SEED GUY has an Heirloom Seed package listed below that has an 11 Variety Herb Seed Pkg as a Bonus, and several are Companion Plant Seed varieties). It is always important that you experiment to find out what works best for your situation. Here are some of the best Companion Plants:
ARTEMISIA - This plant produces a strong antiseptic aroma that repels most insects. Planted as a border, it can also deter small animals like Rabbits and moles.
BASIL -The oils in Basil are said to repel thrips, flies and mosquitoes. Planted alongside Tomatoes, will help you to grow larger, tastier tomatoes.
BEE BALM- I love this plant because it attracts bees to my garden. It is another plant that you can grow with your Tomatoes
BORAGE - Borage repels Tomato horn worms and cabbage worms, and also attracts beneficial bees and wasps. Borage also adds trace elements to the soil. Borage flowers are edible
CATNIP - This plant repels just about everything, including flea beetles, aphids, Japanese beetles, squash bugs, ants, and weevils.
CHIVES - Chives are great plants to repel Japanese beetles and carrot rust flies. It has also been said that Chives will help prevent scab when planted among apple trees.
CHRYSANTHEMUMS - When I do use an insecticide I use one made from chrysanthemums called Pyrethrum. This all-natural pesticide can help control things like roaches, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, and to control ants in certain parts of the garden. In the garden white flowering chrysanthemums are said to drive away Japanese beetles, and Painted Daisy kills root nematodes.
DAHLIAS - Dahlias repel nematodes and the blooms are great for adding some color to flower borders and fresh arrangements.
DILL - Dill is best planted with Cucumbers and Onion varieties. During the cool season It can also be planted with Lettuce. Dill attracts Hoverflies and predatory wasps, and its foliage is used as food by swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Tomato horn worms are also attracted to Dill, so if you plant it at a distance, you can help draw these destructive insects away from your Tomatoes. Dill repels aphids and spider mites. Sprinkling Dill leaves on squash plants will also repel squash bugs,
FENNEL- Repels aphids, slugs and snails.
GARLIC - In addition to its great taste and health benefits, Garlic planted near roses repels aphids. It also deters coddling moths, Japanese beetles, root maggots, snails, and carrot root fly. When planted alongside Onions, they also deter moles and mice.
HYSSOP - Hyssop is great for attracting honeybees to the garden, and you will need them for pollination of some of your Veggies.
LAVENDER - Lavender is a favorite among many beneficial insects, including bees, and also repels fleas and moths.
MARIGOLDS - The Marigold is probably the most well known plant for repelling insects. French marigolds repel Whiteflies and kill bad nematodes. Mexican marigolds are said to keep away a host of destructive insects and wild rabbits as well. If you choose marigolds for your garden they must be scented to work as a good repellant. And while this plant drives away many bad bugs, it also attracts spider mites and snails--which are good.
NASTURTIUMS- You can plant Nasturtiums with my Tomatoes and Cucumbers as a way to fight off wooly aphids, white flies, Squash bugs, and Cucumber beetles. The flowers, especially the yellow blooming varieties, act as a trap for aphids.
PETUNIAS - They are great to have for color in your garden, and you get the added benefit that they repel Asparagus beetles, leaf hoppers, and a range of aphids, Tomato worms, and a good many other pests.
ROSEMARY-Deters Cabbage moth, Bean beetles and the Carrot fly
SUMMER SAVORY: Plant with beans and onions to improve growth and flavor. Include it with sweet potatoes. Discourages cabbage moths, Mexican bean beetles, sweet potato weevil and black aphids. Honey bees love it when it is in bloom.
SUNFLOWERS - I use Sunflowers as a way to draw aphids away from my other plants. Ants move their colonies onto Sunflowers. The Sunflowers are tough enough that they suffer no damage.
THYME-Deters Cabbage worm
END OF YEAR SALE --You can get our 60 Variety Heirloom Seed package Special that is Small Farm Grown, fresh from 2017 harvest, has 35,000 Seeds, and contains several of the Companion Plant varieties listed above. You will get 49 Veggie Seed varieties,and then an 11 Variety Herb Seed Pkg as a Bonus. Price is Now $54
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In celebration of Agriculture Council of America: National Ag Day, check out this Tractor Safety Workshop coming to Carnation Farms on Wednesday, May 9. Enrollment is limited and spaces fill quickly! Advance registration is required and due no later than Sunday, May 6, 2018 and costs $75 per person. Dress for the weather and bring a brown bag lunch.
Register online at http://tractorsafety.eventbrite.com. Course happens rain or shine. Exact address and map will be provided with registration.
For more details on the course itself, contact WSU Skagit County Extension at email@example.com or 360-428-4270x225. For registration information, contact Kate Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-357-6024.
WSU Skagit County’s Director Don McMoran, along with Small Farm Educator Kate Smith and 4-H Youth Coordinator Dorothy Elsner will be our instructors. The Skagit County team have been offering the bilingual course to excellent reviews for the past several seasons.
Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the country, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The National Coalition for Ag Safety and Health have identified tractor accidents as the leading cause of deaths and disabling injuries on farms. Tractors cause from one-third to one-half of all farm accidents and fatalities. Most of these accidents can be prevented with adequate safety education. In addition, federal law requires those driving tractors for hire to be at least 16 years old. An exception is if they are 14 or 15 years old and have completed a safety course like this one.
Includes classroom and hands-on instruction. Those completing the entire course successfully will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Course instruction in Spanish will be available.
WSU King and Pierce County Extension, King Conservation District, and King County.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights.
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Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the country, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It is also one of the few industries in which entire families can be at risk for injury, illness or death because children, spouses and other relatives often.... ... See more
Our friends at Pierce Conservation District are hosting a two-part in one night series on liming on March 29.
The Difference a Good Liming and Calcium Nutrition Program Can Make
Part One: Liming and crop productivity (5-7pm)
Part Two: Liming and pasture productivity (7-8pm)
Pierce Conservation District, Puyallup
Thursday, March 29, 5-8pm
Gudrun Mart of Columbia River Carbonates will walk through developing a liming program for your farm to boost productivity and improve your bottom line. Better and more predictable results can be achieved by knowing the right material, right amount, right place and right time when it comes to liming. Gudrun will illustrate her recommendations with examples of studies, observed crop responses and experiences from her years advising farmers. ... See more
Gudrun Mart of Columbia River Carbonates will walk through developing a liming program for your farm to boost productivity and improve your bottom line. Better and more predictable results can be achieved by knowing the right material, right amount, right place and right time when it comes to liming... ... See more