by Antoinette Botsford, Master Gardener Class of 2013.
Several local and county groups on Orcas Island are trying to decide what to do with an empty lot in the heart of Eastsound Village. Antoinette has a community-friendly idea that any gardener can get behind. Her editorial below first appeared in the July 21 edition of Orcas Issues.
The Fern Street “Extension” parcel — ideal for a community garden?
The Eastsound Planning Review committee (EPRC), County Public Works and the County Council from time to time discuss what is to be done with the lot, 50×100, that is bordered by Prune Alley on one end and North Beach Road on the other — the Fern Street Extension. Since being vacated by the Senior Center in 2003, it has been used in an ad hoc way by various groups interested in gardening, sustainability, and in raising food for the food bank.
People interested in additional parking and using the area as a “transportation hub” have also said their piece, and the current EPRC recommendations (in the Eastsound Sub-Area Plan to go before the Planning Commission and the Council in the next few months), include a proposal to designate it as such, albeit the staff report for the plan says the recommendations are suggestions, not certainties. The lot was purchased by the County Department of Public Works, and there have been EPRC discussions about how “locked in” Public Works is to the design of this “Transportation Hub.”
Several diseases make growing modern hybrid roses something of a chore in Western Washington. Black spot and mildew are two of the most common problems and, although they can be controlled with a preventative spray program, it may not always be appropriate or convenient to do so. There are no roses completely resistant to diseases. However, the varieties listed here have been judged by many rose growers and consulting rosarians in Western Washington to perform well in this area with the least attention and concern. In some cases a minimal spray program may be necessary.
For a complete list of roses suitable for our area, including Hybrid Teas, Shrubs, Grandifloras, Floribundas, Climbers, English Roses, and Old Garden Roses, click here.
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