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Bounty of Summer

Washington is home to some of the best summer fruits and veggies, grown and harvested by local farmers all around the state. During the summer, you can explore the season’s best foods at a number of fantastic farmer’s markets listed below. For the garden growers out there, you’ll find gardening tips and gear to help you make your wilderness even brighter.

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Explore some of our favorite seasonal items where you’re sure to find something to enhance your summertime activities and make them all the more memorable.

Farmers Markets Around Town

Columbia City Wednesdays from 3 to 7pm

Shoreline Saturdays from 10am to 3pm

West Seattle Sundays from 10am to 2pm

Arlington Saturdays from 10am to 3pm

Ballard Sundays from 10am to 3pm

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Bartell Favorites: Garden Colander

These brightly-colored colanders from Hutzler are perfect for collecting and washing fresh fruits, flowers and veggies from your garden or local farmer’s market.

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Gardening Tips from Ed Hume

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Strawberry Maintenance

Give your strawberry plants a boost during the month of March with a vegetable garden-based fertilizer. This will encourage flower and berry growth. Also, be sure to remove all the old brown leaves from last season to make room for new growth.

 

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Growing Dahlias

Plant seeds indoors in February or March for earliest bloom. Transplant established plants outdoors in a sunny spot, where soil is well-drained. When showcasing these lovely blooms in your home, cut the steams at an angle and submerge in warm water.

 

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Garlic

Plant garlic during fall in raised soil that has been enriched with organic matter such as peat moss and compost. Garlic can be harvested in August, but be sure to not water the plant during the month of July. Dig up, allow to dry, braid or string, and enjoy!

 

Pharmacy tip

Gardening on cloudy days can still result in a nasty sunburn. Be sure to wear and reapply sunscreen, and don't forget your scalp and ears. If you don't want to get sunscreen in your hair, a wide-brimmed hat also does the trick.

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