Edible Blog

Parking Day

This parklet is a series of raised bed rain gardens fed with water by a pedal-powered pump. Students at University of Washington’s school of Lanscape Architecture put it together, and CEL loaned the rain garden plants for it, including the following edibles: Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum, Elderberry (Sambucas nigra), blueberry, salal (Gaultheria shallon), and High Bush Cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
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Pest Management

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This global climate chaos is affecting many of us including growing food. Insects that used to get knocked back by winter, are coming in stronger.
Farmers and home gardeners alike have pests, and we thought you might be interested in some tactics to preserve your veggies.

There are many beneficial insects, such as the green lacewing above. So please dont just assume all bugs are bad!

Here is a great link from WSU extension, whom we love.

http://gardening.wsu.edu/pest-management/

companion planting (click link) and
Crop rotations will help with soil health, thus providing you with healthier plants more resistant to bugs.

Speaking of soil. I heard last year that there are over 2000 types of soils in the world. We have some nice stuff here in the NW, but it varies quite a bit for sure.
Soil tests from King County Conservation District, which is for nutrients only. 5 Free per household per lifetime
Soil test from U-Mass, which is more comprehensive.
Fruit Tree Guilds-help create better environments for beneficials, and include insectary plants.

Contact us if you would like some cloche fabric. We have about a mile!

Back at the Farmers Markets

Hello,
We are happy that we are back at the farmers markets circuit starting in a few weeks.
We’ll be at the U-District Farmers market on Saturday, from 9-2pm, and West Seattle on Sundays from 10-2pm.
We may also go to Ballard. Stay tune for an update in that regard.
We’ll have starts, perennial plants, berries, bamboo, and some trees.
We’ll also have some nice pots, vertical garden options, and other fun garden art.
Hope to see you all there!


Up-Coming Markets

We are at markets in the North and South, East and West ends of Seattle, with guest appearances in Mercer Island, Redmond and elsewhere. Look here for the most up-to-date information on where to find us week to week. 

This Weekend 

Saturday, April 30th
9 am – 2 pm University District Farmer’s Market.
Near the South end of the market (closer to 50th)

Sunday, May 1st
10 am – 2 pm West Seattle Farmer’s Market.
Near the North end of the market (Closer to California Ave)

10 am – 3 pm Ballard Farmer’s Market
We are at a different spot each week. Check out facebook Sunday Morning for an update

Next Week

Wednesday, May 4

3 pm – 7 pm Columbia City Farmer’s Market
Market opening! 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S.

Saturday, May 7th 
9 am – 2 pm University District Farmer’s Market.
Near the South end of the market (closer to 50th)

9 am – 4 pm Master Gardener Plant Sale
UW Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle 98105

10 am – 3 pm Orca Plant Sale
5215 46th Ave S, Seattle WA 98118

Sunday, May 8th
10 am – 2 pm West Seattle Farmer’s Market.
Near the North end of the market (Closer to California Ave)

10 am – 3 pm Ballard Farmer’s Market
We are at a different spot each week. Check out facebook Sunday Morning for an update

11 am – 3 pm Master Gardener Plant Sale
UW Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle 98105

The Week After Next

Wednesday, May 11
3 pm – 7 pm Columbia City Farmer’s Market
37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S.

Saturday, May 14th
9 am – 2 pm University District Farmer’s Market
Near the South end of the market (closer to 50th)

10 am – 2 pm Big Chickie BARNRAISER LAUNCH PARTY AND PLANT SALE!!!!!!!
Official launch count down and sparkly drink toast at high noon!
5520 Rainier Ave S.Seattle, WA 98118

Sunday, May 15th
10 am – 2 pm West Seattle Farmer’s Market.
Near the North end of the market (Closer to California Ave)

10 am – 2 pm Salt Box Designs BARNRAISER LAUNCH PARTY AND PLANT SALE!!!!!!!
North-End Party and Celebration. Official 24 hour update and sparkly drink toast at high noon!
6256 3rd Ave NW, Seattle 98107


In Three Weeks

Wednesday, May 18
3 pm – 7 pm Columbia City Farmer’s Market
37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S.

Saturday, May 21st
No University District Farmer’s Market
Due to the University Street Fair Cascadia Edible Landscapes will not be at market

Sunday, May 22nd
10 am – 2 pm West Seattle Farmer’s Market.
Near the North end of the market (Closer to California Ave)

10 am – 3 pm Ballard Farmer’s Market
We are at a different spot each week. Check out facebook Sunday Morning for an update

Prepping soil for Spring crops in the NW

In an ideal world, you would have covered cropped in the Fall.
If you did this, you want to till or chop in the “green manure” in the cover crop in February before it goes to seed.

If you did not, then you can still add in compost. Depending on your soil type, tilling it in may be necessary or not. If you have heavy clay soil, the compost helps create air pockets, so it is good to till in. If you already have decent soil, you can top dress and let it get worked in over the coming year.

It is also good to test the pH of your soil. An ideal pH for a veggie garden is 6.0-6.5. If your pH is less than this, then it is good to use dolomite/agricultural lime, available at most garden stores (you can grab from us at Farmers Markets in March).

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