Get ’em while you can! Apply for raised beds at White Center Heights Park Community Garden

March 13th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center news Comments Off on Get ’em while you can! Apply for raised beds at White Center Heights Park Community Garden

From Audrey Zemke at White Center Food Bank:

Want to garden in White Center? Applications are now available for 16 raised beds at the White Center Heights Park Community Garden. Community members have been growing their own vegetables at this garden for 5 seasons. The garden is located at 102nd SW and SW 7th. The beds are all organic and there is no cost to use one. You must apply to be considered. Gardeners will be picked by a lottery process. To get an application, contact Audrey at the White Center Food Bank (audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org or (206) 762-2848, or stop by 10829 8th Ave SW). Applications must be returned by March 29 and those who will be able to garden will be notified within two weeks. The White Center Food Bank is working to get donations of organic compost, seeds and starts for use by the gardeners.

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Gardening 101: Start now, so you’ll have a new planting area in spring

January 7th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center news Comments Off on Gardening 101: Start now, so you’ll have a new planting area in spring

(After and before!)

By Vera Johnson of Village Green Perennial Nursery
Special to White Center Now

New garden beds over existing lawn: Skill level…Easy.

Have you been wanting to start a garden in an area of your yard, but it feels too overwhelming and you have no idea where to begin?

Do you have too much lawn to mow? Want to get rid of some of it?

Want to grow food and flowers? Growing perennial flowers is essential to healthy vegetable gardening, as the bees rely on the food source and the wasps that are attrracted to the plants are a predator to many of the bugs that attack vegetable starts … more on that later!

It’s really quite easy, but it does take some effort. Are you in? Willing? Then let’s go!!

Gather materials…this can take time, and that’s ok.

* Look around and see what you have to work with…rocks, concrete chunks from an old sidewalk or patio, wood rounds (preferably small diameter)

*Cardboard with tape and staples removed

*Newspaper…no shiny pages; the chemicals in the inks are not what we want for the gardens.

*Fallen leaves – there should be plenty in the neighborhood; ask your neighbors. Leaves (not all leaves are equal – see below) are a treasure trove of nutrients. You can also get free wood chips from a tree service; call ahead and have a place ready where they can dump, and you will get all the free mulch you can handle.

*Fertilizers (organic) with high nitrogen. Blood meal is great; bat guano; or fresh chicken manure if you have chickens – we’re not planting right away, so there’s no risk of burning the plants’ roots. I also LOVE to use KELP in this procedure, the soil benefits are spectacular.

1. Choose your location (think big, don’t limit yourself!) I like to use a garden hose to determine the border and have a visual aid for what the garden will look like.

2. Mow or weedwhack the area you’ve chosen (very, very short…leave the clippings for extra nitrogen)

3. Lay a heavy dose of nitrogen (fertilizer and/or manures) over the entire area you are planning to use as a garden; this will heat up under the layers we are about to put on the new garden and be ready in spring … patience.

4. On the chosen area for the new gardens, lay out cardboard so that it overlaps – or newspaper in thick layers, also overlapping – to prevent weeds from pushing up through. You are laying the paper or cardboard over the existing mowed lawn, and over the fertilizers.

5. Water the paper or cardboard to keep it from flying away. This is the stage where you can start heaping on the raked leaves. Birch, maple, oak, alder are the best leaves for this project.

You can also pile on any small branches and wood chips (not bark mulch, which is not a useful garden product, as it repels water – don’t get me started). You want the top layer to be at least 6 inches deep, more if possible. This will get the underground soil food web something to work on over the winter.

Come spring, you will be amazed at how loose and workable the ground is. You can expect to be able to stick the shovel in, right into the paper/cardboard; dig a hole, add fertilizer, soil amendment, and plant whatever you were planning to put in the garden.

Vera Johnson is proprietor of Village Green Perennial Nursery, and plans to share some gardening advice/secrets/info here from time to time. She writes about a variety of subjects at her own website – check it out here.

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Volunteers brighten up prominent White Center corner

June 27th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Businesses, Gardening, White Center Community Development Association, White Center news 3 Comments »

(Photo courtesy White Center Community Development Association, used with permission)
Next time you’re at 16th and Roxbury, take a close look and appreciate the freshened-up planting areas! Nhan Nguyen of the White Center Community Development Association shared the news today that a small group went out on Sunday to beautify the corner. He says that nearby Pho Lynna and Decoraciones Ely have ” volunteered to take care of regular watering.” The planting, according to Nhan, was led by Erika and Clark from Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and WCCDA member Judy.

Want to be part of an occasional “mini-cleanup” in the business district? WCCDA would love to hear from you – and Nhan says they’ll supply the trash bags, trash pickers, and gloves!

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This afternoon: Jubilee Days spring fling; West Seattle Montessori plant sale

May 7th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Fun, Gardening, Schools, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on This afternoon: Jubilee Days spring fling; West Seattle Montessori plant sale

At Big Al Brewing (9832 14th SW), the White Center Jubilee Days Spring Fling and Pinewood Derby is happening this afternoon, all the way till 7 – go support WCJD! Also in White Center:

Till 3 pm, at West Seattle Montessori/West Seattle Academy, the halls are lined with plants and gift items for today’s annual sale – and it’s not just a shopping opportunity; edible-gardening expert and author Amy Pennington is speaking and signing books till 3 pm. 11215 15th SW.

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Garden space available in White Center!

March 9th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on Garden space available in White Center!

From Audrey at the White Center Food Bank:

Want to garden in White Center? Applications are now available for 16 raised beds at the White Center Heights Park Community Garden. The garden is in its 4th season and is located at 102nd SW and SW 7th. You can use an organic raised bed to grow your own food or flowers. There is no cost to use the bed. Gardeners will be picked by a lottery process. To get an application, contact Audrey at the White Center Food Bank (audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org or (206) 762-2848 or stop by 10829 8th Ave SW). Applications must be returned by March 30 and those who will be able to garden will be notified within two weeks. The White Center Food Bank is working to get donations of organic compost, seeds and starts for use by the gardeners.

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New edible garden helps feed White Center WIC clients, thanks to a Scout, a partnership, a grant, and volunteers!

September 18th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, Health 1 Comment »

At SW 8th and 108th SW, the White Center Food Bank and King County Public Health‘s WC center are neighbors – sharing many of the same clients, and many of the same goals. Now, they’ve got something else in common – edible gardening. The raised beds you see above are part of an Eagle Scout-credit project by White Center’s Patrick Ufkes, working with a fruit-and-vegetable grant secured through the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, with the help of KCPH nutritionist Elizabeth Duroe. We dropped by the garden recently to find out more about it in a garden chat with (from left) Patrick, Elizabeth, and WC Food Bank executive director Rick Jump:

The garden is yet another means of getting fresh, healthy food to people who really need it. And with the multicultural nature of White Center’s population, Rick says they’ve worked to make sure that what’s grown in the garden can be of use to various cultures’ food needs – Elizabeth notes they had seeds for more than half a dozen types of mustard greens, for example. Hot peppers have been important, too – as has assistance from gardening expert Lin Sierra. This all got started in midsummer, but is already yielding food – on the day we visited, they had just harvested nine more pounds of produce!

Volunteer help was key – Patrick marshaled forces including scouts from local Troop 375 as the beds were built and set up, and other members of his family (he is the son of White Center Chamber of Commerce president Mark Ufkes); others help tend the garden, such as AARP volunteer Thomas, who was there during our visit. Sustainability was key to securing the grant – not just the fact the bed can be planted year-round (fall/winter crops are in now like carrots, beets and snow peas), but also the materials, such as the beds being ringed with long-lasting bricks instead of wood.

Side note: Patrick is a Highline High School/South Seattle Community College Running Start student who’s taking some time this quarter for a service project in Kenya!

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Garden updates from Community Harvest: Give help and/or get help!

July 27th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle, Gardening, White Center news Comments Off on Garden updates from Community Harvest: Give help and/or get help!

From Aviva at Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle:

Interested in gardening, but lack the space? Come to Drop-in-Garden-Night Thursdays 6:30 PM – dusk, throughout July and August at the St. James Community Garden – 9421 18th SW. Help weed or plant, then go home with some of the harvest.

Garden Helpers – Interested in
getting some hands-on advice in your own garden? A Garden Helper, trained by Seattle Tilth, can provide suggestions for starting a garden, or help with your existing garden. Read more about the program.

For more information about any of these programs: info@gleanit.org

So now you know; dig in!

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White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk today!

July 11th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk today!

Noon-5 pm. We’re told it should be sunny by then! Here’s our original preview. Pick up your map at McLendon Hardware any time after noon and start walking!

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White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk coming up July 11

July 2nd, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk coming up July 11

Now that July is here, it’s time for an avalanche of events. Jubilee Days is bigger than ever this year – and part of it will be the White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk. Here’s the latest:

The White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk is back this 2010 with generous support from this year’s Title Sponsor – McLendon Hardware, White Center. The walk will be held on Sunday, July 11th from 12 noon to 5:00pm. The event will start in White Center McLendon Hardware parking lot, where tour maps will be provided.

This will be a FREE Jubilee Days and Seafair sanctioned event that will be open to all ages. There will also be a vote for the favorite garden as well as prizes for those participating in the treasure hunt.

With the help of Garden Walk veteran Peggy Weiss, co-chair volunteers Donnie McDermott and Heather Huling will do their best to make this year as great as years previous.
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For those interested in joining the fun just meet us at McLendon’s at 12 noon on Sunday, July 11th. For questions or more information, please visit us at: http://www.jubileedays.org/garden/gardenwalk.html
Hope to see you there!

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Celebrate White Center’s gardens this summer!

June 16th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off on Celebrate White Center’s gardens this summer!

Two notes from Vera at Village Green Perennial Nursery – first, she’s looking for anyone interested in a White Center Garden Tour – second (we think these are separate – if they’re not, we know Vera will correct us!) she points out the White Center Jubilee Days Garden Walk on July 11th – full details here. (Village Green, by the way, is at 10223 26th SW.)

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On the Seattle side? Latest chance to help White Center Food Bank

April 15th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center news 1 Comment »

If you’re on the Seattle side of White Center (and vicinity – hello, Highland Park! etc.) and you’re not going to use the two bags of free Cedar Grove compost that everyone in the city has been offered for the next few weeks, you can donate the coupon to the White Center Food Bank for use in its gardens. Details on the WCFB website.

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Master Gardeners coming to White Center’s McLendon Hardware

March 25th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center news 1 Comment »

Got this announcement from the folks behind the Master Gardeners program – note they’ll arrive in White Center earlier than West Seattle – mark your calendars!

The King County Master Gardeners will have their table set up at the West Seattle Farmer’s Market every Sunday beginning April 25th until September 26th (with the exception of May 2nd, May 30th, July 4th, and September 5th) from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. They are there to answer your gardening questions, give gardening advice, and help diagnose gardening problems.

They also have a clinic at McLendon Hardware (in White Center) on Saturdays, beginning April 3rd until September 25th (with the exception of May 1st, May 29th, July 3rd, & Sept. 4th) from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Please stop by and “Ask a Master Gardener!”

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Raised garden beds now available at White Center Heights Park; community-garden volunteers needed

March 6th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center Community Development Association, White Center Food Bank, White Center news 2 Comments »

(Photo courtesy White Center Food Bank)
That’s Long Nguyen with his raised-bed garden at White Center Heights Park – and now you might be able to have one too, according to this announcement, which includes a call for community-garden volunteers:

Together with the White Center Community Development Association, the White Center Food Bank is announcing that applications for raised beds at White Center Heights Park are now available.

The garden is located at 102nd SW and SW 7th across the street from White Center Heights Elementary School. Community members will have an opportunity to use a raised bed to grow their own garden. Raised beds are free to garden for the season. Gardeners can also contribute a part of their harvest to feed the clients of the White Center Food Bank.

Now In its 3rd year, the garden will be a place where residents can come together as a community to grow food with neighbors, family and friends. White Center Food Bank is excited to be able to provide an opportunity to the community to increase self-sufficiency and celebrate the diverse cultures that make White Center a wonderful place.

Applications are available at the White Center Food Bank. Contact Audrey Zemke in person, at audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org or (206) 762-2848 for an application. Applications are due to the White Center Food Bank by March 30, 2010. A lottery system will be used to pick the 16 individuals or groups who will receive a raised bed.

The White Center Food Bank is also looking for people to help with the community garden. Volunteers are needed to help with composting, cleaning up before and after the season, educating gardeners, planning the kick-off garden event or year-end harvest celebration. If you want to be connected to a great community of gardeners, contact Audrey Zemke to volunteer.

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Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle selling fall veggie starts this weekend

September 16th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Gardening, White Center news Comments Off on Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle selling fall veggie starts this weekend

This Saturday, noon-3 pm, you can buy fall vegetable starts at Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle‘s sale at St. James Place, 9421 18th SW (map). Bring produce for the food bank if you have some – taste heirloom tomatoes – and celebrate locally grown food. Need to know more? 762-0604 or info@gleanit.org – and at the CHoSS website, gleanit.org.

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Help restore the Duwamish Greenbelt by fighting ivy this Thursday

May 18th, 2009 Ricardo Posted in Gardening, How to Help, Volunteering 1 Comment »

The Nature Consortium is working to restore the West Duwamish Greenbelt.  As part of their efforts, they are clearing Ivy, which is an invasive species that chokes and kills native vegetation.  This Thursday is the Nature Consortium’s second official foray (first Thursday!) into the Greenbelt to start tackling the Ivy.  Per, organizer Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, “We made great progress on the Saturday event two weeks ago and cleared almost an acre of ivy and made 12 ivy rings on some great big trees! Good stuff!  Since this will be a separate event, not piggybacking on a regularly scheduled Nature Consortium event, I need to know for sure how many people will be able to make it. Please RSVP to me by Wednesday at noon so I can confirm with Nature Consortium staff. I will send out directions to those who can make it after I get your RSVP.”

Contact Kathleen at:  kdowdgailey@gmail.com

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White Center weekend scenes: New garden; art open house

February 22nd, 2009 Tracy Posted in Arts, Gardening, How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news 1 Comment »

A new “edible garden” has sprouted at the White Center Food Bank; volunteers from Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and SeattleWorks spent several hours Saturday clearing ornamental plantings from the plots where vegetables will now grow. Read more about it on partner site West Seattle Blog – including the need for one more volunteer – somebody to set up and tend a new worm-compost bin! Meantime, hours after we stopped at WCFB, it was off to the first open house at the artists’ studios on the east side of the old skating rink:

The party inside and upstairs was a little too crowded and dark for good pix but we had a great time wandering from room to room, viewing some of the artists’ creations, including paintings, sculpture, even a striking bench with an inset eagle-head carving. Next weekend, the artists will be involved in the first Rat City Rummage event – remember, you can look for the entryway from 16th:

Rat City Rummage is set for next Saturday, 10 am-6 pm at the old skate rink.

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Food garden coming to the White Center Food Bank – can you help?

February 12th, 2009 Tracy Posted in Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle, Gardening, How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on Food garden coming to the White Center Food Bank – can you help?

From Aviva at Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle:

Community Harvest of SW Seattle in partnership with the White Center Food Bank will be removing some grasses and other ornamentals to make room for a food garden. This demonstration garden, designed by a SSCC horticulture student, will have sections for traditional Asian greens, square foot gardening, northwest berries, and containers. The intention of this garden is to inspire and educate on the possibilities for growing food, even in limited spaces.

Seattleworks volunteers will be digging up existing landscaping on February 21st, and we would like to offer some of these lovely grasses and bushes in exchange for compost (or $$ to buy compost!) All donations of time or money will be happily accepted and will go toward this project and other projects which encourage food growing amongst low-income residents of West Seattle and White Center.

Contact: info@gleanit.org

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Two finales: Evergreen and Village Green

October 26th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Evergreen High School, Gardening, Schools, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on Two finales: Evergreen and Village Green

EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Tough year for the team, which lost Saturday night to Renton, 40-8. One more regular-season game to go, an away game against Lindbergh on Friday night, 7 pm.

VILLAGE GREEN PERENNIAL NURSERY: Today’s the last scheduled day for the nursery to be open. Proprietor Vera Johnson is having a sale on Vietnamese pottery for the grand finale (50% off). Vera also notes she’s offering consultation/design/installation services, $50/hour, and adds, “Just a heads-up, we will be reorganizing over the winter. I am planning some changes with the use of the land.” Next year, she’s planning the usual spring opening, but then a July closing of the retail operation, not sure about “regular” hours after that, but definitely “more design and consulting work, allowing our creative skills to be more useful in designing beautiful gardens for clients, plus garden maintenance.” She’s also planning to offer plants for real estate “staging,” as well as using the Village Green land to grow more food, with more “demonstration edible gardens” and more workshops on “edibles/herbals.” One final note – she’s planning on keeping goats, and might even rent them out for blackberry removal. Vera promises more details to come; meantime, Village Green‘s hours today are 10 am-4:30 pm, 10223 26th SW (map)

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Last chance for Master Gardener help at White Center McLendon’s

September 13th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Gardening Comments Off on Last chance for Master Gardener help at White Center McLendon’s

Today’s the last scheduled day of the year for the Master Gardener program to have its weekly clinic at McLendon’s answering your questions (“what IS this weird plant I found?” and more), 10 am-2 pm.

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Fish among the flowers

August 17th, 2008 Tracy Posted in Businesses, Food, Gardening 2 Comments »

Now you can say you’ve seen a 200-pound halibut. Posing with it, Seattle-based fisherman Bill Curtin, husband of Village Green Perennial Nursery proprietor Vera Johnson. He’s back home from fishing in Alaska, and Village Green is selling some of the catch – plus inviting you to a halibut barbecue next month. They’re also selling red snapper (rockfish) – we stopped by for some today and followed Bill down to the basement freezer:

More of the story, just ahead: Read the rest of this entry »

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