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A presentation given by Melinda Briana Epler to Sustainable Capitol Hill for our March meeting.

A presentation given by Melinda Briana Epler to Sustainable Capitol Hill for our March meeting.



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    • Urban Gardening in Seattle
    • WHERE TO GARDEN in Seattle
      • P-Patches
      • Balconies & Fire Escapes
      • Alley & Sidewalk Gardens
      • Parking Strip Gardens (now legal!)
      • Garden Sharing
      • Your Front & Back Yards
      • Adopt a Traffic Circle
      • Guerilla Gardening
    • P-Patch Program
      Seattle Department of Neighbors P-Patch Program - The City of Seattle maintains 2,500 plots on 23 acres of land around Seattle.  There are currently three p-patches on the Hill, with a fourth on its way in 2009. If you have the time and the drive, there are ways to create your own p-patch!
    • Garden sharing
      • Urban Garden Share
      • http://www.urbangardenshare.org
      • Craig’s List
      • Talk to Your Neighbors and Friends!
    • Adopt a Traffic Circle
    • Balcony & Fire Escape
    • window
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      1. Beans: pole beans, bush beans, soy beans, lima beans, soup beans, runner beans… any beans.
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      2. Squash
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      3. Lettuces and Mustards
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      4. Beets
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      4. Beets
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      5. Kale
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      6. Radishes
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      7. Tomatillos
      (or ground cherries)
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      8. Broccoli
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      9. Peppers
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      10. Potatoes
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      Bonus: Garlic
    • 10 Easy to grow veggies from seed
      Sweet Potatoes
    • 6 things to remember about gardening in pots
      Pick the Deepest Pot Possible
      Water Often (when dry)
      Fertilize Regularly (organic fertilizer)
      Choose Varieties Wisely – ones that don’t have big root systems or are smaller varieties
      Be Consistent – in watering, in weeding, in paying attention to your plants’ needs
      Don’t Listen to Everything You Hear or Read, and Have fun!
    • Urban Gardening in Seattle
      • Seattle Tilth - Offers classes, workshops, demonstration gardens, a garden hotline, and plant sales in the spring and fall. http://www.seattletilth.org/
      • Seattle Free School- Offers free classes on gardening, cooking, repairing, and more. http://seattlefreeschool.googlepages.com/
      • Washington State University Extension:  King County Gardening Fact Sheets - Loads of information for local gardeners. http://www.king.wsu.edu/gardening/gardenfacts.htm
      • Green Seattle Partnership - A partnership with the City of Seattle and The Cascade Land Conservancy to combat invasive plants and restore native plants to Seattle parks and forest land.  http://www.greenseattle.org
      • One Green Generation - A local gardener offers a growing number of "Gardening 101" articles for the novice gardener. http://1greengeneration.com
    • Where to buy supplies: LOCAL
      Local Nurseries
      • City People's Garden Store: http://www.citypeoples.com/gardenstore/
      • Swansons Nursery: http://www.swansonsnursery.com/
      • Sky Nursery: http://www.skynursery.com/
      Local Seed Companies
      • Raintree Nursery http://www.raintreenursery.com/(great for fruits & unusual things)
      • Irish Eyes http://www.irisheyesgardenseeds.com
      • Nichols http://nicholsgardennursery.com/ (the writers of Bountiful Container)
      • Ed Hume Seeds http://www.humeseeds.com/
      • West Coast Seeds http://www.westcoastseeds.com/
      • Abundant Life http://abundantlifeseeds.com/
      • Territorial Seed Company http://territorialseed.com/
    • Where to buy supplies: National
      • Seed Savers Exchange – beautiful photos, amazing resource, wonderful mission http://seedsavers.org/
      • Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply – a great resource for organic seeds, as well as gardening supplies http://groworganic.com/
      • Bountiful Gardens – heirloom, untreated, open-pollinated, these back-to-landers have lovely seeds and supplies as well http://bountifulgardens.org/
      • Seeds of Change – my first love, these seeds are always predictably good and the catalog is beautiful http://www.seedsofchange.com/
      • One Green World – drool, drool, the fruit!  So many you’ve never heard of, so many you want to grow! http://onegreenworld.com/
      • Botanical Interests – very reliable, moving more into heirloom and organic http://www.botanicalinterests.com/
      • Renee’s Garden – a good standby, perusing their catalog is like stepping back in time http://www.reneesgarden.com/
      • The Pepper Gal – lots and lots and lots of peppers http://www.peppergal.com/
      • Tomatofest – hundreds and hundreds of organic, heirloom tomatoes, with a huge selection of cold-climate tomatoes to boot.  Great stuff. http://www.tomatofest.com/
      • The Cook’s Garden – expensive seeds, but the catalog is really beautiful and inspiring http://cooksgarden.com/
      • Forest Farm - a 500 page catalog of shrubs, trees, and vines. No kidding – 500 pages http://www.forestfarm.com/
      • Whatcom Seed Company – Rare and interesting seeds to experiment with http://seedrack.com/