It’s Highly Toxic Tansy Ragwort Season One of San Juan County’s worst noxious weeds is now in flower along roadsides

— from Jason Ontjes — Tansy ragwort, one of San Juan County’s worst noxious weeds, is now in flower along roadsides, in fields and in residents’ yards. Highly toxic, its alkaloids are present in all plant parts. Cattle, horses and goats consuming either growing plants or tansy ragwort in silage and hay, … Continue reading

Did You Know Bees Love Blue and Violet? Come to the Master Gardeners Booth at the San Juan County Fair!

–from Mo Sloane, San Juan County Master Gardener — Did you know that native bees and honey bees love blue and violet flowers? Why? Plants may have evolved blue and violet flowers to be attractive to their most efficient pollinators. A bee’s eye perceives blue, violet, and ultraviolet light best. … Continue reading

Summer in the School Garden Farm to Cafeteria Program

— by Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria program invites you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays! Our first salve making workshop of the season is Saturday, July 15th at 11 am in the public school … Continue reading

Editorial: Safeguard the Seaview Neighborhood Families, OPAL's first neighborhood put at risk

— by Margie Doyle — (Disclosure: I live across the street from 27 Aeroview in a lot also zoned Service/Light Industrial. My husband has lived on the island since 1982 and in this house since 1989). I’ve always loved living on Orcas, because for good or ill, you know most … Continue reading

Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading