It was amazing! Thank you!

The Pollinator Pathway work party was a total success! 100 volunteers turned out, and we sheet mulched 8 new beds! (These will lie fallow for 6 months, in preparation for planting next year.) Thank you so much to all who came out, and an extra thanks to Seattle University’s Grounds Department (for support all the way through this project, with special props to Shannon, for her ongoing help, and Janice and George, who brought a Bobcat and other much-needed tools), Feet First’s Lisa Quinn for last minute meetings (in dark alleys no less), Studio Matthews for the gorgeous design elements of this project, Robin Ginac for her garden designs, the amazing coordinators who came out early and led the work, City People’s Merchandise and Cedar Grove Composting, who gave us discounts on our purchases, and Cleanscapes, who donated an entire bin of cardboard for sheet mulching. We couldn’t have done it without you. You can see an entire set on flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37235097@N06/sets/72157625071254813/

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Save the Dates! October 16 and 17

I’m so excited to announce the dates for our gardening day kickoff!

Would you like to help make these gardens happen? We could use plenty of help. No experience necessary at all, and it will be great fun.

I’ll announce the times and locations soon- but in the meantime- save the dates-October 16 and 17!

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Things Are Happening!

I have fantastic news- the Pollinator Pathway has won the grant from the City of Seattle which will allow us to plant 16 new gardens! I couldn’t be more excited.

That means, our planning is underway! We’re knee deep in plant lists, re-contacting homeowners, calling purveyors, and planning the planting days.

So, we need tons of help! Would you like to garden with us? We will be doing two planting days in mid October- dates to follow! Just send us a note if you’d like to be involved.

-Sarah

Its Pollinator Week!

Just in case you didn’t know (I know, how could you not know this)- its National Pollinator Week!  To celebrate, plant a native plant for the little guys.PP_PWeek10-web3

Great news!

We’re super excited to announce that we passed the Citywide Review Team process on the grant we applied for. Next our application goes to City Council and then the Mayor! We’ll know in August if we get the grant. If we get the grant, we’ll be able to plant 16 new gardens!

Too high and aphid problems

IMG_2474Just had a garden maintenance day, and noted that the Lupines in the first garden are having twofold troubles- first off, they’re growing too high, and now they have aphids galore. When we started researching for this project, we had a number of different criteria for selecting plants; one of them was making sure the plants fit under the City three-feet height limit for planting strips. This was harder than it sounds- finding native plant shrubs that fall under three feet turned out to be a challenge. We were able to find a couple, and for the rest, we use some non-native shrubs now too. Anyway, this is all to say, that when we selected this Lupine, our research said that they would only grow to three feet, and now they’ve reached four feet! So, sadly, we’ll have to remove these. From what I understand, these are River Lupine, and the lower growing Arctic Lupine (also a native) will be a much better choice.

Luckily, the aphids seem to only like the Lupine, and nothing else, so far.