(Compiled by Shannon Maris, Garden E-News and Jeffrey Westcott)

Roving Garden Party! Tuesday, April 7th
Where
: 3515 18th St Bellingham (Mud bay). Parking will be limited, but you can also park up the road around the corner and walk down. (Map.)
Requested Items to Bring: Hand tools and gloves
Tasks:   Delicately dancing through the horsetails sprouting in the perennial beds!  Edging and transplanting veggies. The native shade garden could also use some attention. Rounding up slugs and checking the Deer Fence for hidden gaps.
Food:   A veggie chili is in order, salad and bread. Bring something, especially if you are gluten free.
Host: Alison Kutz
Contact: Alison@soundhorticulture.com 739-9095

Next week’s RGP will be at 2339 West Street, in Columbia Neighborhood.

And some other upcoming events…

NSEA Work Party-Lower Landingstrip Creek
Saturday, April 11th, 9am-12noon, Hwy 9 near Acme, Directions below
Join NSEA and the Whatcom Land Trust for another work party along Landingstrip Creek. We’ll be planting native trees and shrubs and spreading mulch. From Bellingham, head east on WA-542 E/Mt Baker Hwy for about 15 miles, then turn right onto Hwy 9 just outside of Deming. Drive along this road for about 7 miles then turn right on Turkington Rd. Parking is available at Acme Elementary School. Look for the NSEA signs and shuttle. We’ll bring the tools and gloves-all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. No need to sign up in advance-just sign in at the blue NSEA tent.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening 
Saturday, April 11th,10:30am-noon, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson, WA 
Vegetable gardening is more than planting seeds. In this general overview learn how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including how to get started, planning your plantings, managing your soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside.

Antique & Collectibles Evaluation Show 
Saturday April 11, 11am-4pm, Whatcom Council on Aging, 315 Halleck Street, B’ham
It’s happening in April a version of TV’s Antique Roadshow in Bellingham! Events will include a classic car show, live music, food trucks and activities for the entire family on the side.  Entry is free – $6 per item for evaluation services. This is a fundraiser to benefit select programs for seniors at the Whatcom Council on Aging.  Parking is free at 315 Halleck Street, Bellingham, right by the Habitat for Humanities store! Doors open at 11am.  Call for more information 360-733-4030

Seed Starting Class
Saturday, April 11th,1:30-3:30pm, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson, WA 
Starting your own vegetable transplants at home can save you money and expand the varieties you can plant.  In this workshop we’ll discuss seed starting mediums, containers, sanitation, and fertility. This is a hands-on experience; you will go home with a flat of seeds ready to grow, and the skills to grow them successfully. Registration required, $30 course fee.

Lasagna Bed Gardening Workshop
Sunday, April 12, 11:45am, The Center For Spiritual Living,  2224 Yew St. Rd., B’ham
Lasagna beds produce 2-3 times more food than a regular garden, use less water, have little or no weeding and require no digging.  They are perfect for those who are short on time or those with physical limitations. Join Karol Stegman and friends for a three hour hands-on workshop and learn to construct a no-till Lasagna Bed garden.   Together we will establish our second annual Victory Garden to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank and community recipients. Please sign up, registration is required. Contact:  Call Karol at (360) 441-2835 or email at karolstiegman@gmail.com

 Best Selling Author, Woody Wheeler, Returns to Alma Mater
Wednesday, April 15th, 7-8:30pm, Village Books, 1200 11st, Fairhaven
Conservationist Woody Wheeler returns to Bellingham. With the release of his new book, Look Up!, comes a whole new way to care about conservation. The collection of essays found in Look Up! explore the psychological benefits of protecting our environment and are the product of decades of Wheeler’s academic work, experience as an educator, and founder of the birding and natural history firm, Conservation Catalyst.

 Earth Day Work Party with NSEA-Terrell Creek
Saturday, April 18th, 9am-12noon, Hwy 9 near Acme, Directions below
Please join NSEA, Whatcom Conservation District, Chums of Terrell Creek and BP to celebrate Earth Day by planting native trees, mulching and removing invasive blackberries along Terrell Creek! Complimentary T-shirts and BBQ lunch for volunteers from 12:00-1:30. We’ll bring the tools, gloves and refreshments, please wear sturdy shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothing. No need to sign up in advance, just sign-in at the blue NSEA tent. Parking is limited, please carpool if you can.

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