West Seattle Nursery at 5275 California Avenue S.W. held it's 27th annual Spring open house on April 10th. The breezy but bright day brought hundreds of people to the scene to enjoy free appetizers, espressso and hear speakers on gardening, sustainability and permaculture.
Michael Ryan, Dean of South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Department talked about SSCC’s new Permaculture Department and showed how to optimize sustainability in your garden
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Karen Connelly of Squareganics.com spoke about the Square Foot Gardening Method which enables a high yield of vegetables and flowers from a very limited space.
West Seattle Nursery's Connie Wurm gave a presentation on how to Raise Chickens in the City and had some chickens on hand for the purpose. Lee Ried of Coop du Jour showed off her custom made chicken coops and Joe Grienauer from Emerald City Orchids showed how to grow orchids.
Also on hand for the event were the West Seattle Wildlife Habitat Project, Sustainable West Seattle, and West Seattle Cool Moms there to talk about community building projects.
Ciscoe Morris, host of KING 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe," stopped by North Beach Elementary School April 8 to talk to Ms. Niemeyer's first-graders about butterflies and show them how to plant a garden to attract the insects, prompting the following outbursts from the students.
"I know it's a fly because it's gross."
"If I ever touch a butterfly's wings, I'm going to make sure I clipped my fingernails."
"You really know a lot about gardening."
Combining a school-wide gardening project and a science unit on organisms, the students, with help from Morris, planted a variety of plants that will serve as a habitat to the class' butterflies, which will be emerging from their cocoons soon.
Karen Kazanjian, parent coordinator for the school's garden, said gardening is a hands-on way for students to learn and is more memorable than simply reading text books.
"They love it," Kazanjian said. "I have kids saying, 'I've never had this much fun in class.'"
On Wednesday, April 15 Cedar Grove Composting will be delivering a bag of compost at the curbside of 2,000 households three neighborhoods from Puget Ridge to South Seattle Community College. The households that receive the compost will be the same households that received mailings about Natural Yard Care Neighborhood Classes.
Cedar Grove is interested in marketing the compost they are making from materials collected from Seattle households. Seattle Public Utilities shares the fact that there has been a 47% increase in the amount of food that Seattle households are recycling into compost between 2008 and 2009.
For people who don¹t want the compost, Cedar Grove will return two days later to pick up the compost that has been left at the curbside. This compost will be donated to one or more community projects in the neighborhood. If residents have ideas for where that compost could best be donated, they are asked to contact Carl Woestwin, Landscape Conservation & Waste Prevention Team Lead via email firstname.lastname@example.org with a name for the project and a contact person.
The East Ballard planter project on 14th Avenue Northwest, which will install 27 city-donated planters on median ends north of Market Street, is moving forward but needs volunteers to become a reality.
Volunteers are needed for the following days and events:
Planters Pickup and Delivery – 8. a.m. on April 1
There are 27 planters currently sitting at the Seattle Department of Transportation's Sunny Jim facility in south Seattle ready to be picked up. Big trucks, trailers and drivers are needed to help pick up and deliver.
Gravel Delivery – morning of April 9
Gravel donated by Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel will be delivered and dropped in the median ends for weed control. Volunteers are needed to control traffic during delivery.
Gravel Raking – morning of April 10
Volunteers needed to help rake and smooth out the gravel.
Planter Placement – morning of April 12
Several strong volunteers are needed to help move the 50-pound planters from a storage area on 14th Avenue to their designated locations in the medians. Hand truck donations for the morning would be greatly appreciated.
Wind? No problem. Specks of drizzle? Yeah, right.
After nine years, the residents of west Fremont weren’t going to let any pesky weather threaten their celebration as the Hazel Heights P-Patch opened March 21. They were just relieved the wait was finally over.
“It’s very exciting,” said Michael McNutt, treasurer of the P-Patch Trust. “It’s probably been one of the longest projects the trust has been involved in.”
Construction began on the steep, terraced site in May 2009, but locals have been canvassing for their own community garden for years.
When neighbor and namesake Hazel Hurlbert passed away in 2003, the lot next to her house at the corner of Northwest 42nd Street and Baker Avenue Northwest was left vacant.
The lot was later purchased for the P-Patch Trust by an anonymous Fremont couple.
But because the land was so steeply sloped, the site required a master use permit and State Environmental Police Act review before breaking ground, said Hazel Heights steering committee co-chair Toby Thaler.
Then began the fundraising process for the garden with a panorama of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Olympic Mountains.
The Seattle African Violet Society and Puget Sound Gesneriad Society are hosting a display and sale of their club propagated plants at Swansons Nursery this weekend.
On hand are a wide variety of African Violet varieties and Gesneriads that demonstrate the incredible diversity of these easy-to-grow plants.
There are a number of prize-winning plants on display.
"Growing plants on the inside is great because you have blooms all year," said Rohm Gustafson, president of the Puget Sound Gesneriad Society.
Swansons Nursey is located at 9701 15th Ave. N.W.