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Welcome to the 2019 Spring Home and Garden Guide As the gray days of winter become a distant memory, more and more folks around Kitsap County will begin to emerge from their collective hibernation to resume their gardening and household activities, previously put aside due to inclement weather.

comes an associated burst of energy — possibly due to a significant increase of Vitamin-D. That eneregy begs to be put to good use, and where better to burn off some of that extra energy than by getting one’s hands dirty?

For many, with the return of sunshine

In this special supplement to the Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, Bainbridge Island Review and North Kitsap Kitsap Herald, you will find tips for gardening in the springtime climate of Kitsap County, ideas on veggies and herbs to grow and also an update on real estate trends throughout the county as well.


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How to adapt your gardening to suit the climate

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It doesn’t take much in the early spring to get a weekend plant lover in the Puget Sound area back into their backyard gardens daydreaming about growing sunflowers the size of straw hats. After a damp, gloomy winter punctuated by a spate of snow and cold temperatures, the plant nurturer in all of us begins to take root at the slightest hint of sunrays peeking through cloud banks. This area’s damp, maritime weather, however, does a number

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In this area, vegetables usually do well year-round, according to Seattle Tilth’s Maritime Northwest Garden Guide. The publication said there’s a little gardening secret worthwhile to remember: late summer through early autumn is the perfect time for many kinds of garden projects. And the planting season, the guide says, is almost year-round, which so-called coolseason vegetables are put in the ground in the fall for either autumn or early spring harvesting. Planting starts — better known as baby plants — will allow gardeners to harvest substantially earlier. The starts are preferable, in fact, for many vegetables (baby carrots, lettuce, parsley, spinach, radishes and peas begin the expectations since they can be easily grown from seeds or starts). If sowings aren’t able to germinate in late July or early August because of hot weather and inconsistent watering, the publication says that gardeners are urged to try growing them again in late August and September so they can germinate more easily. The Puget Sound weather conditions require you to water your plants regularly beginning in the summer and early fall. That’s when a mix of warmer soil, mild temperatures and rain combines to create perfect conditions going into the winter season.

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their peak at the height of summer — think of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and peppers that can overflow your kitchen table with production. Cool-season veggies, however, are drawn to mild weather and are amenable to being planted in springtime and then in late summer or early fall. They grow quickly, the guide instructed. Here’s another tip: Lettuce, most greens, radishes and peas should be harvested before the first seasonal frost or covered for protection. While it’s too late now, these cool-weather vegetables can be harvested this fall and be harvested before the end of the year. Remember these plants when fall rolls around: lettuce, kale, peas, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, baby carrots and Asian greens. If you’re into herbs and spices, plants like oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme will continue to grow throughout the fall. Some even will carry the torch for homegrown veggies through the winter, including oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. Master gardeners advise that your garden soil be amended with E.B. Stone Planting Compost or Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme. Now is a good time to mulch your soil with several inches.

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Plant species native to the Pacific Northwest can be used as colorful backdrops to beautiful scapes, as demonstrated recently at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival.

area include ajuga (Ajuga reptans), a fast-growing plant that thrives in partial shade and blooms blue flowers in the spring. There are lots of juniper plant varieties (Juniperus) that use less water but like lots of sun. Sweet Box Sarcocca (Sarcocca hookeriana humulis) also uses less water and does well in partial shade. It blooms tiny fragrant white flowers in shady locations under trees.

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With springtime sun comes a warming real estate market

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Puget Sound region, in counties that surround Seattle, according to the NMLS. In King County, prices dropped slightly month-over-month in January, to $610,000, but prices in Kitsap County surged “nearly 14.7 percent when compared to a year ago.”


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In January, the median home price for a single family home in Kitsap County rose to about $340,000, that’s up more than 14 percent from the same time last year, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

“Homes between $250,000$350,000 are in a frenzy right now,” said Jorge Downie, a Kingston broker with John L. Scott Real Estate. Homes between $350,000-$500,000, he said, are at “surge” levels. “Houses have been put up for sale, and within a week we already have an offer,” Downie said. This winter has seen rising median home prices across the

“Median prices on closed sales continue to remain stable in January with continued strong upward growth in outlying counties,” said James Young, director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, in a press release. “Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston counties outpaced King and Snohomish counties in price growth, consistent with the past few months.” “This trend indicates that many first-time buyers and middleincome families are continuing to look to the outer regions of the area for value,” he said. In Kitsap, inventory levels are low in the face of demand for single family homes. According to the NMLS, only about 1.7 months of supply are available in the county. Downie said homebuyers are particularly interested in access to the new Kingston fast ferry, which began service in November. The new public transit ferries walk-on commuters to downtown Seattle in just 39 minutes. “What I’ve noticed is that people are interested in the fast ferry,”

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A three bedroom house on Rugosa Way in Poulsbo currently listed at $464,990.

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A duplex on Warren Ave. in Bremerton currently listed at $375,000.

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Downie said. “Commuting times are a lot shorter” than they are with the WSDOT car ferry to Kingston. While the market is ideal for sellers, some experts warn of the burdens it places on potential firsttime homebuyers. “The picture for first-time buyer affordability in the longer term for the region is not bright,” said Young. “Unless changes in the housing supply framework throughout the area are addressed soon.” Mike Larson of ALLEN Realtors in Lakewood echoed Young’s thoughts.

“The middle rungs on the housing ladder are slowly disappearing,” he said in a press release. That said, Downie and other local brokers are hopeful that the spring weather will move homeowners to list the properties they’ve been wanting to sell during the winter months. “There’s a few people I’ve talked to that are getting ready to sell,” Downie said. “That’s the market spring comes in, the flowers come out, and it’s a good time to start selling.” “Which is good because there’s a lot of people who want to find a home,” he said.

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Welcome to the Peninsula Home & Garden Expo!

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vendors that takes over 3 buildings d the surrounding area. The Lego allenge, sponsored by Air Masters, urns for its 8th year! Other features he Expo: Garden Art walk, avenger Hunt and local celebrities, coe Morris and Marianne Binetti urn as guest speakers. Many new tures are being added. 3D Wood Maps 36 Olympic View A Better Crawl Inc 7576 Brownsville Way A-1 Roofing 21 Manchester Way Acupuncture and Wellness Center 2223 Manchester Way Adair Homes 12 Manchester Way Advanced Heating & Cooling Inc 131132 Port Gamble Way Advantage Nissan 146 Agate Point Drive Air Masters Inc 4218 Front Beach Drive Armstrong Homes of Bremerton 103 Liberty Bay Way Bath Fitter 686970 Brownsville Way Better Homes Home Improvements 118 Port Gamble Way Budget Blinds of Poulsbo 106 Liberty Bay Way Certa Pro Painters of Tacoma 66 Brownsville Way Champion Windows 67 Brownsville Way Clauson Homes Inc 81 Olympic View Drive CleanSpace Northwest Inc 8990 Liberty Bay Way


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FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Spin Your Meter Backwards 2:30pm- Join Andy Cochrane, President of Power Trip Energy for this informative session about solar power for your home. Solar is an option you should seriously consider. Andy will walk you through the basics, including terminology, technology and how it will pay back over time. You will know important and relevant information about solar as an option, what actions to take, and how to select a contractor for the job. If you have ever considered solar, you should attend this seminar. An Organized Household 2:00pm- Join Sheila Perreault of Blue Nest Homes for an important and informative seminar. Your home looks like a page out of Pinterest, right? Probably not! With work, family, social engagements and other obligations, how do you maintain an organized home? Did you know being disorganized can actually COST you money? I’ll show you how to organize your home and keep it that way! This presentation will include life-hacks to address: Relationships first, ‘things’ second, common obstacles and how to move past them, get organized & stop losing money and time, how to achieve organization, and maintenance of an organized life

the television show “Hoarders”. Unfortunately, the show puts a Hollywood spin on the subject and focuses on the drama of the clean out, rather than the story behind the person and his or her transformation. In this presentation, Sheila will talk about: triggers and how hoarding disorder becomes a part of a person’s life; co-morbid disorders; collecting vs. hoarding; the types of hoards; common traits; and safety clean-outs. Spin Your Meter Backwards 2:30pm- Join Andy Cochrane, President of Power Trip Energy for this informative session about solar power for your home. Solar is an option you should seriously consider. Andy will walk you through the basics, including terminology, technology and how it will pay back over time. You will know important and relevant information about solar as an option, what actions to take, and how to select a contractor for the job. If you have ever considered solar, you should attend this seminar. MEZZANINE (located on the upper level of the Kitsap Sun Pavilion) SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Orchard Mason Bees: Your Native Pollinators 1:30pm- Jim Ullrich, former owner of Wild Birds Unlimited and current President of Knox Cellars Mason Bees, has designed a presentation which covers the development of a backyard sanctuary. Jim will discuss the interesting relationship of Orchard Mason Bees and backyard birds. There will also be samples of live Mason Bee cocoons and houses for attendees to examine.

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our dedicated committee volunteers and the KBA staff. It takes a team of creative minds to put it all together, and it simply cannot happen without their input and contributions. Financial support for each home show comes directly from our sponsors. This year’s expo is supported by numerous contributors, including our Foundation Level sponsors Advantage Nissan, Air Masters, Harley Exteriors, Kitsap Credit Union, Kitsap Sun, MIXX 96.1, New Leaf Cabinets, Peninsula Paint Centers, and Wilder RV. Our Builder Level sponsors include First Federal (seminar sponsor), Loan Depot (Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Binetti seminar sponsor), Silver Bo Stone, and Sound Publishing (Builder’s Food Court) Thank you to all of our sponsors! As the sun begins peeking through the clouds, flowers begin to bloom and daylight hours grow longer, March is the perfect time of year to start planning for all those home and garden projects you dreamt of over the winter. Can you think of a better place to start than the 2019 Peninsula Spring Home & Garden Show? Bring your family, friends and neighbors. There is something there for everyone, and it would be an honor if you joined us!

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Russ Shiplet, Executive Officer Kitsap Building Association It is hard to believe that the month of March is already upon us! The 2019 Peninsula Home & Garden Expo is just around the corner. Builders, remodelers, landscapers and so much more will be on hand to ring in the new spring at the Kitsap County Fair Grounds, March 15th – 17th. Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Benetti will be joining us once again as part of our weekend seminar series. MIXX 96.1 will be broadcasting live all three days, talking with vendors and participants alike. The Builder’s Food Court will be providing a variety of menus to suit just about any taste. Kids are sure to have a great time at The LEGO® Brand Building Challenge, encouraging imaginations and creativity as they compete for the title of Home Building Design Champion! I hope you and your family can join us. See our official website for more details at www.kitsapbuilds.com! Putting on a show of this magnitude takes months of planning and preparation. It is not possible without the strong leadership of our Spring Home & Garden Expo committee chair; Ms. Lena Price,


in the Van Zee Building. Many local artists and designers will be on exhibit. Many of these items will be available for purchase. You will not want to miss it! Thank all of our foundation level sponsors- Advantage Nissan, Air Masters, Harley Exteriors, Kitsap Credit Union, Kitsap Sun, MIXX 96.1, New Leaf Cabinets, Peninsula Paint Centers and Wilder RV. And our Builder level sponsors- First Federal, Loan Depot, Silver Bo Stone and Sound Publishing. Please show them your support when you need their services. Lastly, we are so excited about a brand-new component of the 2019 Peninsula Home and Garden Expo. The Builder’s Food Court will be outside of the Kitsap Sun Pavilion, in the southwest parking lot. There will be something for everyone! Our participants include Clara’s Wok, Fisher Scones, Island Grindz, Kurdish Kitchen, M & T Coffee, Popmaster Kettle Corn, and The Grub Hut. Thank you to Sound Publishing for sponsoring this great event! It’s been a pleasure serving as Chair of the Peninsula Home & Garden Expo and I know you’re going to have a wonderful time enjoying the “Biggest and Best Home Show West of Seattle! ® ”


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By Lena Price- Chair of the 2019 Peninsula Home & Garden Expo This year we are so excited to bring back our wonderful LEGO® Challenge for children ages 5-12. The LEGO® Brand Building Challenge brought back for the 6th year in a row sponsored in part by Air Masters Heating & the Kitsap Building Association. It is not too late to register, you can go on the KBA website at www. kitsapbuilds.com. I hope you take the time to look over the Official Expo Guide carefully. In this guide, you will find important information about the incredible on-trend seminars we have for you to attend. We have brought back Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Binetti again with their expertise on gardening. We also have some great informational seminars on organizing, purging, fragrant flowers to plant, solar energy, how to make your deck safe, and so much more – see the enclosed list of all our great presenters. If you see multiple seminars you like, consider purchasing a 3-day pass for just $10. This year we are adding a brand new feature to the show. “Say Hello to Yesterday” is all about reclaim, repurpose and recycle. Habitat for Humanity is teaming with Art Slam Studio Kitsap to bring this feature

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Bolt It! Brace It! 3:30pm- This seminar is back by popular demand! Is your home securely fastened to your foundation? Presenters from Simpson Strong Tie will explain how to do a home evaluation, navigate the permitting process and explain how to properly bolt and plate a home. Even a small shake can cause significant damage. This course is offered in partnership with Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management, Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the ICC, Kitsap County and Simpson Strong Tie. Note: This class will fill up. Advanced registration with Kitsap Dept. of Emergency Management is strongly encouraged. You can register online at kitsapdem.org or call (360) 307-5870. If you register with the DEM, you will receive one free admission to the expo!

Gardening with Ciscoe: Fun Ideas for Spring Gardening 3:00pm-Ciscoe Morris is well known in the Pacific Northwest. He appears regularly on T.V. and radio; and he writes for local publications. His book, “Ask Ciscoe”, was a best seller. When he isnot speaking or writing, he is often gardening at his home in Northeast Seattle or off hosting a garden tour somewhere in the world. You will not want to miss him!

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Presenting many booths with builders and remodelers, designers, decorating and items fr to ceiling. The first weekend in the Fall, October 5-6 ,we bring you everything for the hom indoors and out. We are also bringing back Construction in Motion for another year! Spons Disney & Associates and Lakeside Industries, this family-friendly construction equipment demonstration is for kids of all ages to be able to see big construction equipment on site! hope you will come enjoy the wide variety of products and services offered by our vendor well as the many special features of the Expo. Are you interested in sponsoring an event? Being a committee member? We have many opportunities throughout the year to sponsor or participate in our events! From $250 to $
































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SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Growing Tomatoes Intuitively 10:30am- Join inspired gardener, Sam Maupin, of the Brothers Greenhouses in South Kitsap. Learn how and why to grow your own tomatoes. Get excited about the many different tomato varieties that perform well locally. Be ready to start the season with plenty of information and motivation to have a great harvest.  There’s $500K Hiding in Your House 12pm- Join Aaron Murphy, of ADM Architecture, as he speaks on how aging in place in your home can keep you safe AND save you money. He is an expert on Aging in Place, and has literally “wrote the book on it!” This will be an informative seminar. SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Understanding Hoarding Disorder 10:30am- Sheila Taylor, of Clutter Controllers, will inform you about this serious disorder. Hoarding Disorder has been in the public eye heavily for the past few years because of


Orchard Mason Bees: Your Native Pollinators 11:30am- Jim Ullrich, former owner of Wild Birds Unlimited and current President of Knox Cellars Mason Bees, has designed a presentation which covers the development of a backyard sanctuary. Jim will discuss the interesting relationship of Orchard Mason Bees and backyard birds. There will also be samples of live Mason Bee cocoons and houses for attendees to examine.

Layering the Landscape 1:00pm- Join us for Marianne Binetti, renowned speaker and author for this fun and informative seminar. Marianne holds a degree in Horticulture from WSU. She is an author of more than a dozen garden books, and hosts radio and TV shows including HGTV, Growing Seattle, KING 5, and syndicated weekly garden column. Binetti also leads garden tours around the world.



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Five springtime herbs and veggies guaranteed to add some pep to your plate


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of Broccoli include aphids, cabbage worms and root maggots. Meals you can incorporate with your freshgrown broccoli include stir fry and salads. You can also grill or sauté the broccoli and serve with other fresh grown veggies like tomatoes, onions and potatoes. CABBAGE - Like broccoli, cabbage is better suited for cooler temperatures due to the fact that warmer temperatures will cause the heads to split. Keep cabbage wellwatered because the leaves need plenty of nitrogen. Watch out for slug infestation, those pests seem


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to love cabbage. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner no meal is better suited for the occasion than corned beef and cabbage. A variety of coleslaws can also be made, which can pair well with pulled-pork sandwiches. Cabbage can also be easily included in wide variety of soup recipes as well.

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opinion of brussels sprouts tends to err toward the negative, if grown right and incorporated into an appropriate meal the muchmaligned veggies make for a delicious side. You will want to plant your sprouts early, given the fact that many gardeners believe their sprouts taste better after being exposed to a light frost. The sprouts will then be ready to SEE VEGGIES, 12

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harvest in early Fall. If they feel tight and dense when you squeeze them, you can pull or cut them off the stem. If temperatures are going to drop below below 20 degrees, make sure to harvest all the sprouts and bring them inside or else they will rot after a few freezes. Sprouts can be stored for several weeks in a container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. Roasting or sautéing them will render a tasty compliment to red meats and veggies. PARSLEY - I know this is an herb, not a vegetable, but parsley is perfect for growing in a container and can be a flavorful addition to many garden meals as well as adding to the presentation of a dish. Parsley is a low-maintenance herb that is easy to grow and

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vegetable to grow because they come in such a variety of root colors, shapes and sizes, providing quite a versatile use. Mid-March is the best time to grow raddishes in Western Washington. Window boxes or small containers on a patio are the most successful ways of growing them. Germination time

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Spring Wines


Spring time is around the corner and many locals are looking for good seasonal wines to pair with the return of the sun and its associated influx of Vitamin-D. Here are a few wine tips from Ron Tweiten of Harbor Square Wine Shop in Bainbridge Island. For the Springtime, rosés and whites are the most appropriate kinds of wine, Tweiten says. “Spring starts to bring in the new Rosés for the season. There are also local Washington wines that do Spring release from the harvest of last Fall, which will be the first time those ones will be on the market.”

Tweiten also noted a few good meats to pair with springtime wines. “Anything on the grill works well with wine like chicken, sausages or seafood. If you want to incorporate wine in your cooking, I’d suggest using it in a crockpot, stew or sauce. The alcohol burns off so you are just left with the wine flavor, which can be fruity or

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with Olmsted’s Nursery in Poulsbo, recommends adding some quick color and life to your garden for some “instant spring.” “Grab some primroses, pansies and little bulbs ready to bloom and plant or set them down in your existing planters,” Britt said. “You’ll feel instantly better.” Once they are past their prime, you can lift them out and plant them among your landscape or cut a flowering branch and bring it inside to bloom in your home. Some other plant good for early season color include creeping phloxes and arabises, though Britt’s personal pick is the Dwarf Mahonia, a low-water, lowmaintenance plant that adds texture and fragrance to the garden. “And hummingbirds love it,” Britt added. Mark Krulish/staff photo

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Despite predictions from a certain groundhog, the winter cold has stuck with us through the end of February, but spring is still just around the corner. Despite no warming trend in the immediate forecast, this should be a time for home gardeners to start thinking about

Generally speaking, planting season begins about six to eight weeks before the final spring frost of the season, but it could be a little trickier this year with relatively cold northerly winds still blowing through the Puget Sound Region. Planting can break those winter doldrums. Linda Britt, plant specialist Voted One of the Best in North Kitsap 2008-2018


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round so as to not miss those plants that are available in limited quantities but can keep your yard a bright, relaxing, serene place even during those cold and gray months. Here are a few more winter-blooming plants that can give you a head start on the normal planting season. PINK DAWN VIBURNUM A multi-season deciduous shrub that blooms pink flowers and green leaves during the late winter and early spring. WINTER HEATHER Another late-winter bloomer that grows to between four and ten inches tall. This subshrub will flower svelte pink bells even in the snow.

Perrenials are good for springtime due to their ability to grow in the shade.




The crocus is typically one of the earliest bloomers in the spring and can be found in a variety of colors and will be hardy in the Pacific Northwest and grow in case of a cloudy early spring.

Hellebores will flower in the winter and early spring and are frost-resistant and quite tolerant of shade, making them an ideal pick for western Washington.

There are several winter-blooming types of Camellias. These are relatively lowmaintenance. It grows best in moist, well-drained soil and are an ideal fit for western Washington’s hardiness zone.

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