Consultations & Design

Pedal-Powered Garden Cleanups

Pedal powered landscape maintenance:
Less Carbon is a good thing.

We are proud to announce the launch of a pedal-powered landscape maintenance fleet!   Our initial fleet–which have electric assists so we don’t kill our crew–will be stationed in NE, NW, SE, and SW seattle.

We can service anywhere that is not too far–or steep– from there. Please contact us with your address to see if we can service you this Fall .  These carbon-less bike-trucks will handle the lighter parts of maintenance. We will still use truck to haul any heavy loads in or out of your property when necessary.  See for more information.

We have an experienced maintenance team and horticulturalists working with us on edible and ornamental maintenance.  We are happy to make your garden pop, and prune trees and shrubs. For Trees over 30 feet, we will refer you to a good arborist.We can create various maintenance programs that fit your landscape, lifestyle, and budget.

Discounts will apply for groups of neighbors in line with the Edible Neighborhoods approach. 


  • 10% discount on first visit for single client with this email!
  • 15% discount if two or more properties are being served
  • 20% discount if three or more properties are being served.

For neighbors on long term contracts, there will long term discounts!

Contact to set up an appointment or to enroll in a maintenance program.

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Garden Gnome News, April, May, June, July, August and September 2014

Volume 6 Issue 4-9  (we were busy) 

Dear Cascadian Food Grower,

Artichoke with Seattle in background
Artichoke with Seattle in background

Spring was a blast.  This year we stayed small, and although the work load was insane at times, we enjoyed working on some projects.  Check out this roof top garden, or this Edible Front Yard!  And also this fun patio with drystack raised bed, waiting for plants!  (insert links)

If you had an Edible Landscape…..

 you would be having way to much food right now, and be giving it away.  (tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn, lettuce, peppers, brassicas, fruit, berries and more)

Now that Summer is well underway, and on its way to Fall while you are enjoying the fruit of your Spring labor, it is important to re-commit to the garden for the Fall and Winter. 

Yes, NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR FALL and winter crops in!  We can help!

Have us install more veggie beds.  We can build out of various materials. Please fill out our questionnaire if you are interested.

Fall Veggie Starts!Greenhouse spring 2013 1


Our Community Supported Plant Start Program (CSPS) Winter Crops

Click here to purchase a membership for FALL OR Winter 2014!  We have Fall Here  veggies NOW.   [Terence remove bold from here–>The absolute deadline to sign up for winter crops is August Sept 16th, but we love the people who sign up early and make our lives easier!!!. Hosts and Drivers Needed:  If you are interested in providing your house as host location for members to pick up their flats of plant or helping deliver flats from the green house to pick up points, please contact  We could use help.<—-]  Please like and share our facebook page.


Packing Parties: Join us September 16th-19th  to lend a hand packing flats at our greenhouse for our CSA Spring Distribution.

[Terence remove bold from here–> Contact Michael  if you are interested in helping out Summer Session now open for Sign-ups!This program survives by referrals and we would love it if you referred us to your friends and family!  


Summer Fruit Trees

Pruning Summer Fruit trees- We love climbing around.  Let us know if you would like help pruning.  Contact to set up an appointment

Big Shout out to City Fruit! Contact them if you have trees and want to donate fruit, or have time and want to pick the fruit for donation to those in need.  Also, put them on your list of organizations to donate to!

NEW Rainwise Program Eligible Zones in Seattle.

Get a subsidy to build a rain garden and/or cistern!

Cisterns for Sale in South Seattle

Bushman Cistern From Website


Seattle’s rain catchment initiative, Rainwise, offers rebates to certain neighborhoods to help control the over flow into the Puget Sound.   We have close to a couple dozen Rainwise projects under our belt.  And now we are distributing cisterns too!  Please check out our store webpage for more details about ordering and ask us about project installation.  Please note, it can take 2-8 weeks for these tanks to make it to your house, and delivery fees apply.




Bee Hives- Helping properly manage Bees as they swarm.

Label GMO Food in Oregon- Fight the Beast and donate to the Right to “Know Campaign”!

 Report 8/30 Just Garden Build in Redmond- 

6 Gardens built, including the one at this Mosque, that will give the excess produce to help those in need.

 From Around the Web

How Republican is Whole Foods?

Support Labeling in GMOs in Oregon (Hey, California and Washington were already defeated by the machine, but Oregon is still a possible foothold on the Left Coast)

Eating Well with Seattle Hiphop: Six Local Rappers Cheffing Up Something Marvelous


Local Events Calender Listings

9/6 Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair – Fun for the whole family.

10/18 Seattle Tilth Gala Fundraiser

11/19   7-8:30pm  Save Your Money and Your Health: Grow Your Own Edibles!   Do you want to improve you and your family’s nutrition and health? Do you want fresh organic produce without the high price tag? Learn to grow and harvest your own fruits and vegetables in gardens and containers with Michael Seliga of Cascadia Edible Landscapes, a nutritional educator and expert on edible gardens. You won’t want to miss this informative class!

09/20 10-1130am Sustainable Renton Winter Garden Class and Plant Sale at their community farm

 CEL Calendar  – click to add Google calender.  

Stranger Magazine Local Food-related Events

2016 Flower and Garden Show

We are building a 1200 square foot Edible Neighborhood at the 2016 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February.

The theme of the show is “America the Beautiful”, and Cascadia Edible Landscapes will riff on that with Edible Neighborhood/Village dedicated to the homesteaders, who helped each other build edible landscapes out of necessity.

Native American ethos helps drive CEL, so look for some innuendo we will be incorporating a nod to the original inhabitants of North America as well.

Currently we are working with Greener Living Solutions

This is a semi-large production, so if you are interested in being a show partner, or assisting in some way, please contact Michael *@* soon.

We are looking for

  • Modern Shed/Modern House
  • Larger Plants we may borrow for the show, especially larger herbs
  • Help during the set up (Feb 13-16)  and break down (Feb 21-22) of the show.
  • There is a


About The Northwest Flower & Garden Show. It has been going since 1989, as gardening enthusiasts from around the Northwest flock to this annual celebration held in the beautiful Washington State Convention Center for five magical days.

Your gardening desires will blossom when you gaze at the spectacular Show Gardens created by the most respected garden designers and landscapers of the region. Our full acre of show gardens are brimming with ideas that will inspire your garden projects. No matter your style or needs, you’ll find inspiration for outdoor living, edible gardening, sustainability, and more.


Planting Bulbs in Fall for Spring Flowers in the Pacific Northwest

Planting Bulbs in Fall, for Spring Shows!

We are an Edible Landscaping company.  So we favor Garlic, Onions, Shallots, and Camas (Camassia quamash), which is actually very tasty, and CEL carries

Technically you can eat Tulip bulbs too, but they aren’t very good.  But I’ve learned that flowers are great for pollinators, for loved ones, and just for looking at and creating beauty!

Ideally Fall Bulbs go in October, but if you have waited until November, no big deal. Here’s a comprehensive list of bulbs known to work in the Pacific NW.

AlliumCollectionsCrocusCyclamenDaffodilsDutch IrisGrape HyacinthHyacinths
LiliesPoppy AnemoneSnowdropsSpanish BellsTulips

Here is a depth chart.  

Also you can find on.

Other notes about Bulbs and Blooming Flowers to brighten you day.


  • Gardening centers will have a good selection of Chrysanthemums. In addition to the mounded button mums, look for gigantic football mums, exotic Fuji or spider mums and anemone varieties.
  • Plants bearing flowers such as Helichrysum (common name strawflowers) or Craspedia (Billy balls) make perfect dried “everlasting” flower arrangements.
  • For autumn and holiday color plant some new varieties or beloved standard pansies, violas and flowering kale.
  • Cool fall weather will see the end of the tomato season in the Northwest. Protect tomatoes or harvest green ones to ripen indoors if frost threatens to come early.
  • It is too late for planting vegetables and it is time to put the vegetable beds to rest.
  • Begin to sow cover crops on empty beds such as combinations of Fava beans, clover and vetch. They provide winter protection and biomass for next spring’s compost.
  • September is one of the best times of the ear to plant a new lawn using cool season grasses.
  • Some bulbs need winter chill such as tulips, hyacinth and crocus and where winters are warm, refrigerate them 6-8 weeks (not in the freezer) before planting.
  • Buy some bulbs just for indoor forcing so that you will have blossoms indoors from Thanksgiving through January. Good choices include amaryllis (really Hippeastrum), crocus, freesia and paper whites.


  • Cut chrysanthemums back leaving 6-inch stems and they will begin to grow again in early spring. Lift old clumps, divide the roots, discard woody centers and then replant.
  • For larger camellia blooms, twist off the smaller buds.
  • Dig up and compost spent annuals, but continue to pinch back begonias, geraniums and impatiens.
  • Prune dead, diseased, crossing or weak branches from trees and shrubs. Remove brushy shrubs from slopes that pose a potential fire hazard.
  • Rake up and mulch leaves (if the leaves are disease free – otherwise dispose in trash).
  • Mow lawns and keep leaves raked before they mat and smother the grass. Growth stops once frost sets in.
  • Harvest winter squash, gourds and pumpkins when vines are dry and rinds resist nicks from fingernails.
  • Once asparagus foliage has yellowed, prune back to ground level.
  • Every 3-5 years divide daylilies.
  • For brambling berries, remove the canes that produced fruit this year because only new canes will produce fruit next year.
  • Allow frost tender bulb plants such as dahlias, begonias and cannas to go dormant and dig up and store in a cool, protected and dry place where winters are cold. Where winters are mild, they can be left in place in the garden, but do not water or feed when the leaves yellow and die back.
  • Summer vegetables that have finished growing can be removed and placed in compost pile, provided they are not diseased.
  • Clean out gutters, down spouts, drainage, swales and drain lines to prepare for El Niño rains.


  • When planting bulbs, feed with a slow release or organic fertilizer formulated for bulbs.
  • Help lawns survive harsh winters and promote early spring green-up in the Pacific Northwest by feeding early in the fall season to allow the lawn to utilize as much of the nutrients as possible before the arrival of cold weather.
  • Feed winter blooming plants such as cyclamen, Iceland poppies, pansies, violas and primrose for both growth and bloom.
  • Azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons are beginning to set their buds, so water regularly and give them one last application of an acid based fertilizer.
  • Apply a thick mulch of composted manures to protect and enrich empty vegetable beds over winter, but wait until plants have gone fully dormant. Usually Thanksgiving is a good time to apply a 3-4 inch layer of mulch for winter protection.
  • If tender houseplants are brought indoors for winter protection, feed with a slow release or balanced organic fertilizer formulated for houseplants. They will not need to be fed again until next spring.


  • Remove emerging cool-season weeds from bedding areas, then mulch and use a pre-emergent weed control to save your back from weeding in spring.
  • Cool weather brings back snails and slugs so pick and squish or use an organic control with iron phosphate because it is effective and safe to use around pets and breaks down into fertilizer.
  • When ants move indoors, use products that are safe to apply around the perimeter of the house and outdoors, use baits that the worker ants take back to their nests so that the entire colony is killed.
  • Watch out for pests such as cabbage loopers, caterpillars, earwigs, leaf rollers, mealy bugs, scale, spider mites and white fly as well as black spot and mildew. Spray with a combination of Spinosad and horticultural oil to keep these pests and diseases under control. If spraying with Spinosad, spray in the late afternoon or early evening after the bees have returned to their hives. Once dry, Spinosad is no longer harmful to beneficial insects.
  • Spray horticultural oils on dormant shrubs to reduce whitefly and spider mite populations.
  • If lime sulfur products for peach leaf curl are difficult to find, contact your local garden center or Master Gardener for other recommended controls. Also pick up all diseased leaves and dispose in the trash and make sure during their growth, bloom and fruiting stages, to feed and water regularly.
  • For peach leaf curl on apricot trees, in addition to good cultural practices such as regular water and fertilizing during growth, bloom and fruiting cycles, apply a fungicide recommended for apricot trees after the leaves drop.
  • Clean up old and rotted fruit around frit trees to prevent diseases like brown rot the following year. This will also help control coddling moth and apple maggot.


  • Turn compost piles one more time prior to cool winter days.
  • Make sure slopes and banks are properly prepared to control soil erosion caused by rains.
  • For frost tender plants, spray with an antitranspirant such as Cloud Cover or Wilt-Pruf and/or use plant covers available at garden centers.
  • Keep Christmas cacti at 50-55 degrees F. to set blooms.
  • Repair and maintain bird feeders so birds continue to visit when natural food sources dwindle.
  • Reduce the amount of water for cacti and succulents because most rest during winter.
  • Poinsettias need 8-10 hours of light and 141-15 hours of darkness to bloom with ideal temperature around 65 degrees F. Put in a closet, or cover the plant at 5 PM so that it is in complete darkness and take out or uncover at 7-8 AM. Do this until December, beginning in October.
  • Because the days get shorter and the weather cools, re-program irrigation timer systems to reflect the decrease in water needs.


Garden Gnome News July 2015

Garden Gnome News, July 2015   (Volume 7 Issue 7)

Dear Cascadian,

We hope you are enjoying the summer heat. Working in the field, we definitely are aware of temperature swings, but try not to complain because we also enjoy being dry while working too.

Summer Landscape projects: 

The dry weather makes Summer a great time for working on the infrastructure on your landscape.  From building beds, trellises, and decks,  to installing irrigation, to hardscaping,  CEL can do any structural work for your garden. We love to work with stone and pavers to build walls, patios, and paths and fun outcropping!  Fall Crops go in in July – September, so let us know if you need more space or a custom trellis for your garden.  Click here for some inspiration pics on pinterest.   It is also a great time to plan and design for the Fall and Winter planting windows.  Contact us at info @ if you are interested in setting up a consultation.



Irrigation Systems and Cisterns

There are two basic types of irrigation systems.

(A)  In-Ground systems with PVC pipes, valves, and sprinklers.  Tying into your water line requires a backflow preventer and double check valve to prevent irrigation water from entering your drinking water line.  A valve manifold then divides the flow into separate zones, typically controlled by controller (  $75 for basic, $350 for a wifi controller).   Zones are designed to get different plants different amounts of water at various intervals. Lawn requires more frequent watering than other plants; some plants need vary little at all.  A good plan that takes into account soil types and plant species, will have zones figured out into it.   A typical irrigation layer to a plan runs $85-250 and then installation (all parts and materials) is usually about $1000-1500 per zone, unless it is very easy one to do.  Concept Design

(B) Drip systems with flexible tubing, micro sprinklers, and emitters.  These usually involve a hose bib controller ($20-50).   Here is a link for a basic primer on drip systems

They can be combined into Hybrid systems with in ground pipes, converting to drip lines and emitters.  Cascadia Edible Landscapes can install these systems to save water, and you time and energy.  Contact us to set something up right away.

There are low tech ways to keep your garden hydrated as well. One is using water bags (, buckets with small holes drilled into them, which will slowly drip out water (NOTE the baby advisory on the bucket!), or using an older, more aesthetic version of this using clay pots, also known as Olla’s, (  Another way to reduce the water you pull from the grid, is to collect your own in a cistern!



Cisterns & Rain Garden Rebates – $ is still on the table!Bushman Cistern From Website

City Rebates for* Rain Gardens and Cisterns:  Check out the city of Seattle map, and contact us anyway and we’ll keep you posted when the city approves your neighborhood for the rebate.  (Rebates average in the 50-100% range, depending on site access and amount of gutter work).  CEL is one of the contractors, and has pioneered the “Edible Rain Garden concept” and has installed about 25 projects and know the ins and outs of the program.

New Neighborhoods Added to th
e Rainwise program
Visit the official Rainwise website to check if your property falls within the new program expansion.

Summer and Fall Greenhouse Internships

Propagation/Maintenance/Watering Summer Assistant: 10hrs a week, throughout the summer. Someone who lives in the deep south of Seattle( Renton, Skyway, or Rainier Beach), where our greenhouse is located,  preferred.  Contact us if you can commit to at least one 1/2 day or more and we will work you into the flow.

Veggie Start and Veggie Start CSA

We will not be doing Fall Crops per the early August distribution due to reasons outlined to current members in a June email, but going big on late fall and Winter crops, transplanted in Early September.  Click here to purchase a membership for the Winter of 2015!  The deadline to specify crops is Midnight on Monday August 5th, projected delivery is week of September 6th. After August 5th, we will get you the best mixed flat of what is available when packing flats in September.   We will be offering the usual brassica and lettuces, along side some exotic varieties such as Japanese Spinach, Chinese Celery, and Shonan Red Onions. Click Here  to check out our full list of Fall crop offerings!  If you could lend a hand and help water the seedlings, we would appreciate it!



Suggested Reading: Bill Thorness’ Cool Season Gardener; Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round

Planting Calender and Planner –

Calendar of Local Events

CEL Calender – contact us to collaborate.


July 18th- Just Garden Project Garden Build in Renton. Come lend a hand from 9-2pm!

July 20th Fall and Winter Crops are Published on our website.   Sign up and select crops to be high in the priority packing list come late August.

August 1stCommunity Alliance for Global Justice SLEE dinner

Sept  2-4  NEW! August Fall and Winter Crops are distributed to Veggie Start CSA members all around Seattle.

Sept 12th Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair


Spring Crops


NOTE- CROPS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  We will be nailing down final list prior to 2/1. If you have some varieties you would like to share, please let us know.

link variety common name yield actions
PS: Artichoke, Globe (Classic 3 – 5 year perennial) artichoke
PS: Artichoke, Purple (Annual but pretty, 3.5-inch pot) artichoke
PS: Broccoli, Calabrese (open pollinated, 4 pack) broccoli
PS: Broccoli, Diplomat (Said to be the best in the Northwest, 4 pack) broccoli
PS: Broccoli, Mix (Four types, random distribution) broccoli
PS: Broccoli, Romanesco (Green fractal variety, 4 pack) romanesco
PS: Cabbage, Cold Season (Good for sauerkraut, 4 pack) cabbage
PS: Cabbage, Mix (Includes Chinese, Tender Gold or other variety, 4 pack) cabbage
PS: Cabbage, Red Heading (Specific variety TBD, 4 pack) cabbage
PS: Cabbage, Savoyed, Famosa F1 (4 pack) cabbage
PS: Cauliflower, Purple of Sicily (2 pack) cauliflower
PS: Cauliflower, Snow Crown or Snow Ball (White heads, 4 pack) cauliflower
PS: Chard, Barese (Large green leaves, 4 pack) chard
PS: Chard, Bright Lights (4 pack) chard
PS: Collard Greens, Champion (4 pack) collard
PS: Edible Flower, Borage (Valuable companion plant!, 3.5-inch pot) edible flower
PS: Edible Flower, Calendula (Specific variety TBD, 3.5-inch pot) edible flower
PS: Edible Flower, Nasturtium, Alaska (Yellow, red, and orange) edible flower
PS: Edible flower, Nasturtium, Empress of India (Red flower) edible flower
PS: Edible Flower, Viola (3.5-inch pot) edible flower
PS: Greens, Braising Mix (Includes kale, mustard, chard, arugula, and spinach) mustard, general
PS: Greens, Callaloo (aka Red Orach Spinach, aka Amaranth Greens) calaloo (amaranth greens)
PS: Greens, Chard, Mix (Special multi-color CEL mix!) chard
PS: Greens, Hattorikun (Japanese, aka Leaf Radish) leaf radish
PS: Greens, Mache (Very cold tolerant, good for salad or braising) mache
PS: Greens, Miner’s Lettuce (aka Claytonia, native, shade tolerant) spinach
PS: Greens, Mustard, Mizuna (Green or red) mustard, general
PS: Greens, Mustard, Red or Purple Giant (Spiciest variety) mustard, general
PS: Greens, Mustard, Ruby Streaks (Thin lacey-red leaves) mustard, general
PS: Greens, Mustard, Tatsoi (Crisp, small, non-spicy leaves) mustard, mild
PS: Greens, Mustard, Yanagawa Takana (6 pack) mustard, general
PS: Greens, Pac Choi bok choi
PS: Greens, Sorrel, Red Veined chard
PS: Herb, Anise anise
PS: Herb, Chives (10 to 20 seedlings in a 2-inch pot) chives
PS: Herb, Dill (Multiple seedlings in 3.5-inch pot) dill
PS: Herb, Fennel (Bulbing type) fennel
PS: Herb, Lavender, English edible flower
PS: Herb, Marjoram, Sweet marjoram
PS: Herb, Oregano oregano
PS: Herb, Parsley, Flat Leaf parsley
PS: Herb, Peppermint mint
PS: Herb, Rosemary rosemary
PS: Herb, Salad Burnet (Perennial salad green with a cucumber-like taste) salad burnet
PS: Herb, Thyme, English thyme
PS: Herb, Yarrow edible flower
PS: Kale, Dinosaur/Lacinato (3 – 4 seedlings in 3.5-inch pot) kale
PS: Kale, Dwarf Siberian (3 – 4 seedlings in 3.5-inch pot) kale
PS: Kale, Gailan Chinese (4 pack) kale
PS: Kale, Red Bor (Magenta leaves, 3 – 4 plants in 3.5-inch pot) kale
PS: Kale, Red Russian (3 – 4 seedlings in 3.5-inch pot) kale
PS: Kale, Tree (Perennial 1 plant in 3.5-inch pot) kale
PS: Kohlrabi, Early Purple (3 – 4 seedlings in 3.5-inch pot) kohlrabi
PS: Leek, Bleu de Solaize (10 – 20 seedlings in 2-inch pot) leeks
PS: Lettuce, Australian Yellow Leaf (6 pack) lettuce
PS: Lettuce, MIX from Root and Radicle Seed Co. lettuce
PS: Lettuce, Deer Tongue (Crisp, pointy leaves, slow to bolt) lettuce
PS: Lettuce, Flashy Butter Oak (Delicious and beautiful) lettuce
PS: Lettuce, Red Leaf, Grand Rapids lettuce
PS: Lettuce, Red Oakleaf (6 pack) lettuce
PS: Lettuce, Romaine (Flashy Trout Back) lettuce
PS: Lettuce, Surprise Me Mix (An assortment we put together, 6 pack) lettuce
PS: Onion, Cipollini (10 – 20 seedlings in 2-inch pot) onion
PS: Onion, Long Red Florence (10 – 20 seedlings in a 2-inch pot) onion
PS: Onion, Redwing (Small red bulbing, 10 – 20 seedlings in a 2-inch pot) onion
PS: Pea, Cascadia Snap peas/beans, edible pod
PS: Pea, English Shelling peas/beans, inedible pod
PS: Pea, Purple Podded, Mix (Shiraz or Dwarf Blauwschokkers) peas/beans, edible pod
PS: Pea, Snow, Oregon Giant peas/beans, edible pod
PS: Scallion, Red Baron (10 – 20 seedlings in a 2-inch pot) scallion
PS: Shallot, Ambition F1 shallots
PS: Spinach, Emu (6 pack) spinach
PS: Spinach, Red Kitten (Red streaks through it) spinach
PS: Spinach, Tyee (6 pack) spinach
Seed: Beet, Chioggia beets
Seed: Carrot, Purple Haze carrot
Seed: Carrot, Sugar Snax carrot
Seed: Cilantro, Slowbolt cilantro
Seed: Greens, Arugula (aka Rocket, specific variety TBD) arugula
Seed: Greens, Spinach, Emu spinach
Seed: Radish, Black Spanish radish
Seed: Radish, Daikon radish
Seed: Radish, Small Round Red radish
Seed: Turnip, Purple Globe turnip

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Sod Cutting Spree

Remove your lawn and benefit Food Justice Organizations doing great work.

When: May 30th 2015


Anyone who want to remove their lawn/sod! Neighbors are preferred! Companies/Team Captains! Hard-core laborers!

We also hope to find Restaurant that wants to host the after-party!  In order to participate, we ask you to take a few moments to   Please fill out this form or fill it out at the bottom of the page.

We also are having a friendly competition between neighborhoods. We will be updating which neighborhood is in the lead at intervals


(A) You/we organize and coordinate a volunteer team of 2-4 people to rip out as many lawns in a day as possible.  We support you with some machinery and truck.   

(B) Lawn Owner You have a lawn that you want ripped out.

We match Team (A) with  (soon to be former) lawn Owner (B)

Come to your place and cut and roll sod to help  your gardening adventures.   Additional fees will apply if you the material hauleda later in the week.    Also, Volunteers will help increase the proceeds!


Your yard and/or neighborhood. We hope to focus on  several neighborhoods. SCALLOPS and other neighborhood groups encouraged to participate.   We want a minimum of 3 neighbors in a neighborhood to sign up.


There are many people who want to grow food and lack resources to do so.  Proceeds of the day benefit various Food Justice Organizations around the region doing great work.  See some of them at this nifty site we found (it is definitely not all inclusive yet).  Nominate your organization by ending an email to with what you are working on.   

Donation-Cost for lawn-owners:

Initial $100 charge covers your share of sod-cutter and truck use, and (volunteer) team showing up at your  place. If there are at least a couple other people in your neighborhood who also want sod removed, we can split the charge between you.

The cost for cutting sod is 0.75/square foot with a minimum of 150 sq feet. Remember: this is a fund-raiser for Food Justice Organizations.      Additional fees apply if you want material hauled later in the week.  How: fill out the questionnaire!

Garden Gnome News October-December Addition

Dear Cascadian,    (Connect on Facebook,  Twitter, Pinterest)

Thanksgiving.    We want to express our gratitude to anyone who has read this far.  We know how life goes, especially for urbane folk with many commitments.  If you have read this far, it probably means you are growing food already (kudos!) or are considering it (yay!).   I hope you are enjoying the Fall greens, winter squash, potatoes, beans, berries, and fruit from 2014.   If you are not eating exclusively from your stock pile of food, let us know and we’ll help you expand your growth in the year(s) to come.

With our second child on its way, my wife and I are adjusting our relationship with our prospective organizations, and  I am happy to announce that she will be providing some administrative relief in 2015.  Also, over the next couple of years,

We will be writing a book! Stay tuned, as we’ll have more information, and room for sponsorships in the January 2015 newsletter.!

Seeking Greenhouse Co-operators

The Greenhouse operation of CEL is branching off so it can grow on its own, and will be incorporating as a Worker Cooperative OR non-profit (depending on some research and member preference).   We are seeking entrepreneurial, hard-working, and creative individuals.   Here is more information.   Continue reading Garden Gnome News October-December Addition