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Wow, what a work party! We knew people were excited to garden, but certainly didn’t expect to have 27 people for our picnic lunch! With all the help we dug out the grass that has been growing in the wood of our terrace beds, weeded, edged, amended, and prepped several other growing beds, and harvested 19 pounds of kale, chard, and spinach. Not bad for a dreary February day!


Our worker bees descending upon our terrace beds! Those beds haven’t looked this good in 7 years.

The garden looks beautiful and the beds are ready to plant thanks to the amazing force of volunteers who came out to help yesterday. Thank you to everyone for caring so much for this project. Our party was a blast, and we had a great turn out for the afternoon tree pruning class. Stay tuned for more info on classes, and we’ll see you intrepid gardeners next Wednesday! A special thanks to Sarah Birger with Taproot Architects for teaching the pruning class.

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It’s spring, so on the 25th come celebrate at Good Cheer’s first official Wednesday Work Party of the season! As always, we’ll be there from 9 to 4. We’ve got work from organizing seed packets, to potting up seedlings, to rebuilding trellises, to flipping and planting beds. Come anytime for however long you like during that time, but be sure to be around for our picnic lunch!

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From 1:00-3:00, we’ll be hosting a Fruit Tree Pruning class with Sarah Birger. Come learn the basics of fruit tree pruning, and help us get our trees ready for the season! Bring your pruning tools, and you’ll also learn how to sharpen and care for them.

Enjoy the sunshine, and we hope to see you soon!

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Beneficial bugs abound in our gardens and you can create a diverse garden ecosystem to encourage them! You can attract not just pollinating insects, but also the insects that will eat pests. The soil, too, is alive with billions of organisms that help to create a fertile soil.

On Saturday, April 5th, from 10 am – 12 noon learn about the

  • amazing web of life in our soil and how to nurture it
  • pollinators that are essential for our gardens, and our community
  • predators and parasitoids that keep our garden ecosystem from becoming unbalanced
  • flowers and herbs we can plant to attract beneficial insects, and when to plant them
  • garden practices to help our garden ecosystem become diverse and thrive

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Presented by Cary Peterson, Community Gardener.

Location: WICEC (Whidbey Island Community Education Center) at the historic Bayview School, 5611 Bayview Road, Bayview Corner, Langley.

Fee: $15, or donation. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more information and to register go to or call 360-221-5020

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5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA
Located in the historic Bayview School at Bayview Corner
(next to the Good Cheer Garden)




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pruning fruit trees_6495Sarah Birger will be sharing fruit tree pruning basics on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, from 1 – 3 pm at the Good Cheer Garden Wednesday work party. You can practice your new skills by pruning the Good Cheer fruit trees! Bring your pruning tools, you’ll also learn how to sharpen and care for them. Class is by donation to Good Cheer, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Come early for lunch if you’d like, or join the garden work party in the morning.

This growinggroceries yellow green banner copy class is weather permitting!

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Getting a Start on Your Garden

A new season is beginning! Do you want to be eating fresh salads and stir fried veggies from your garden in April? Would you like to know what to do now to grow lots of veggies later?

On Saturday, February 22nd, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am learn about this early part of the growing season with

  • practical and timely tips on garden planning
  • soil preparation
  • seed selection
  • growing starts using soil blocks

We will also have locally grown seeds available for sale from Deep Harvest Farm and other Whidbey seed suppliers. The best coir fiber for making your own potting soil will also be available for sale so you can make the “Good Cheer” super simple potting soil.

Presented by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Gardener.
Location: WICEC (Whidbey Island Community Education Center) at the historic Bayview School, 5611 Bayview Road, Bayview Corner, Langley. (Next to Good Cheer!)

Fee: $15, or donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information and to register: Please visit or call 360-221-5020

worm castings fair blue ribbon_1213 We entered our worm castings in the Whidbey Island Area Fair and got a Merit Award big blue ribbon! We use both wood and concrete in ground worm bins to turn food scraps into worm castings.

On Saturday, September 14th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, learn how to make blue ribbon worm castings. Class is presented by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator.

This class is one of three classes being offering during the Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest.

worm bin concrete celebrating2_8956On Saturday, June 8th, from 9 – 11 am, at the Good Cheer Garden, learn about making your own concrete in-ground worm bin!

This class is part of the Growing Groceries program to help local gardeners be successful growing food. Vermicastings are an excellent soil amendment, adding nutrition and microbes to increase your soil fertility.

We will also be sharing tips on how to use in-ground worms in general, whether wood or concrete, to make terrific vermicastings out of your food scraps.
Class will be taught by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator
For more information, email

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Saturday, April 6th, from 11 am – 1 pm, enjoy a picnic at Good Cheer and bring your garden questions! Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator, will be available to answer questions, and demonstrate the use of floating row covers, and other garden tricks of the trade. We’ll be having salad from our hoophouse!

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For the Top Tips and info sheets for March, click HERE.
For the Top Tips and info sheets for April, click HERE.

There are other opportunities to learn while volunteering at the weekly work parties at Good Cheer Garden, and the Whidbey Institute. Click HERE for more info!


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The new season is beginning!

  • Wednesday, March 6th, from 4  – 6 pm, bring your questions to the Good Cheer Garden! Cary Peterson will be available to answer your garden questions, and also to show you how to grow starts using soil blocks.
  • Wednesday, March 13th, starting at 1 pm, Sarah Birger will be teaching pruning basics at the Good Cheer Garden. We’ll practice our skills by pruning the Good Cheer plum and pear trees!

The best way to learn is by doing!

  • Come to the Good Cheer Garden work party on Wednesdays, from 9 am – 4 pm, for as long or short as you can. Lunch at noon.
  • Another great work party is on Thursday afternoons, at the Whidbey Institute Westgarden, from 1  – 4 pm. Come for as long or short as you can.

Help grow veggies for the Good Cheer Food Bank, while learning what to do seasonally to grow your own!

  When the pumpkins are ripening, you know the season is coming to an end! It’s time to plant garlic and prepare your garden for the winter… and next season.

The last class of the season is on Tuesday, October 9th at the Good Cheer Garden, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Note the earlier time!

  • How to get your garden ready to grow next year by putting it to rest for the winter
  • Garlic planting tips
  • Top Tips for October

Presented by Cary Peterson, Growing Groceries Coordinator

Class fee is $15, scholarships available.

Location: Good Cheer Garden, but stay tuned for alternate nearby location if weather is inclement.

For more information, email


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