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Art by Lida Enche-Keene Organic gardening . Urban ecOlOgy . cOmpOsting . recycling VoL 31 No 4 . Aug/Sept 2008 Grab Your Partner for Harvest Moon Square Dance Seattle Tilth’s work is only made possible through partnerships with many car- ing, generous people and organizations. Building community has always been cen- tral to our mission. Come, celebrate that community, and support Seattle Tilth’s work at this fun fall fundraiser: a foot- stompin’ Harvest Moon Square Dance in the fourth-floor chapel at the Good Shep- herd Center. Music will be provided by The Tallboys, one of Seattle’s best old-time string bands. Complete with a banjo player, fiddler, bass Join us at the 21st annual Tilth Harvest Fair on Sept. 6. Meet and support local farmers, dance, player and resident clogger, The Tallboys enjoy the gardens, play with your kids! play monthly square dances and a weekly jam session locally; you might also find Celebrate Fresh, Local Food at them out busking in the streets. No dance skill or experience is necessary Tilth Harvest Fair on Sept. 6 to have a foot-stompin’ good time. We will farmers markets, and it still is a great raffle off some great prizes, so bring your Calling all locavores! The Tilth Harvest place to get fresh, local produce. Bring checkbook! Fair will once again raise its tents and boxes and bags, meet the farmers and Libations are provided, but we’d like to bring the country fair atmosphere to stock up on your favorite late summer have a pie potluck, so bring your best pie. the city on Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The vegetables and fruit. You can even store The Harvest Moon Square Dance will be much-loved fair is Seattle Tilth’s largest your purchases at our free “Veggie Check” 7-10 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 community event of the year. while you shop, have lunch, dance and en- Sunnyside Ave. North in Wallingford. Tilth members and the public flock to joy the event. See you on the 15th! the fair like chickens to feed year after The Harvest Fair is supported by many year because of the unique blend of farm- Tilth sponsors. At press time, these in- Harvest Moon Square Dance ers market, live music, garden demon- cluded PCC Natural Markets, WE Design, featuring The tallboys strations, food and fun for the kids. ShoreBank Pacific, Puget Sound Fresh, There’s always something new at the New Roots Organics and SPUD. Please pie potluck and Raffle fair, and this year the animal demonstra- patronize these sponsors and let them Admission $20 tions will include mini dairy goats as well know you appreciate their support of Se- as local backyard chickens. But that’s not attle Tilth. good Shepherd Center all. Kick up your heels with a live family For more information on the Har- 4th Floor Chapel square dance at the fair. vest Fair, see our Web site or contact Liza Now in its 21st year, the Tilth Harvest Burke at email@example.com or Monday, Sept. 15, 7 – 10 p.m. Fair preceded many of the neighborhood (206) 633-5045, ext. 1. pAge 2 SeAttLe tiLth ASSoCiAtioN Aug/Sept 2008 Seattle Tilth Association is a non-proﬁt organization and an urban chapter within tilth’s regional network. Our mission statement Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Board of Directors Justine Dell’Aringa Nancy Evans Willi Evans Galloway Eric King Robert Rosencrantz Olga Shargorodska Cathy Tuttle Treasurer Brandon Pemberton Vice President Erin Randall Renee Rhone President Craig Skipton Andrea Tousignant Liza Turley Secretary Nick Vikstrom Staff Members Emily Bishton Natural Soil Building Program (NSB) Liza Burke Development Coordinator Lisa Taylor, right, Seattle Tilth’s Children’s Program Manager, met recently with Gov. Chris Sarah Cassidy Issaquah Garden Coordinator Kathleen DeMaria Natural Soil Building Program Gregoire, second from right, and others to discuss the “Garden in Every School” program. Graham Golbuff MC/SB Volunteer Coodinator Jessica Heiman Children's Garden Educator Tilth in the News Falaah Jones Natural Soil Building Program Our stalwart Children’s Garden Manager, Lisa Taylor, is being seen a fair amount these Karen Luetjen Executive Director Laura Matter Natural Soil Building Program days! MSN/Kashi filmed her in the garden, as did KING 5. She and a small group of Carrie Niskanen Program Assistant others met with Gov. Chris Gregoire on the “Garden in Every School” program. Charlotte Moss Bookkeeper In mid-July, The Seattle Times ran an article about Tilth's classes for apartment and Laura Niemi Demonstration Garden Coordinator Amy Ockerlander Natural Soil Building Program condo dwellers. The Times’ Web site featured a slideshow taken at our “Composting for Katie Pencke Demonstration Garden Coordinator Apartment Dwellers” class. Michael Schut Environmental Programs Manager In an article titled “Gardens Growing in Thorny Economy,” Executive Director Kar- Angelina Shell Program Assistant en Luetjen was quoted in Supermarket News, the only national weekly trade magazine Lisa Taylor Children’s Program Manager ArianaTaylor-Stanley Children’s Garden Intern for the food distribution industry. Greta Young Children’s Garden Educator Our super popular Chicken Coop Tour was featured on King 5 News’ and Seattle Ofﬁce Hours and Phones Times’ Web sites. Monday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm or by appointment 206-633-0451 Ofﬁce Phone Garden Hotline Educator Amy Ockerlander was interviewed by KIRO TV News for the 206-633-0450 Fax station’s first segment of their new green living program, to be aired on their Web site. 206-632-1999 executive Director 206-633-0224 The garden hotline Transitions 206-633-0097 Master Composters/Soil Builders 206-633-5045 Volunteer Line Carrie Niskanen recently joined the staff Web site www.seattletilth.org as Program Assistant. Carrie is a familiar E-mail Send to ﬁrstnamelastname@seattletilth.org face around here as she has interned in Address the office and both the Demonstration Seattle tilth Association, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue Garden and Children’s Garden. North, Room 120, Seattle, Washington 98103 Carrie replaces Emi Morgan who re- Seattle Tilth Newsletter cently finished her MBA from the Bain- Bill Thorness Editor Sarah Kulfan Design/Production bridge Graduate Institute. Emi worked The Seattle tilth Newsletter is published by the with us for 18 months; thank you Emi! Seattle tilth Association. Readers are encouraged to submit articles, ideas for articles, original artwork, and other commentary. All material should be mailed c/o The Newsletter to the address above or tilth \'tilth\ n [ME, fr. OE, fr. tilian to till] e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be printed as space allows. Seattle tilth reserves (bef. 12c) 1 : quality of cultivated soil the right to edit for interest, length, and style. 2 : cultivation of wisdom and the spirit Aug/Sept 2008 SeAttLe tiLth ASSoCiAtioN pAge 3 Great Mid-summer Growing Gardens, Growing Pains: Harvest in Tilth Gardens An Update on Tilth’s Renovation Plans Katie Pencke, Garden Coordinator Karen Luetjen, Executive Director fenced-off construction site, so we decid- Our mid-summer harvest in the Tilth During our 30th Anniversary year there ed to remove the unfinished benches. gardens was bountiful, with lettuce, arti- has been much to celebrate, from Anna Moving forward, our priority is to se- chokes, garlic, cabbage and favas. Lappé’s talk to the launch of programs in cure the long-term presence of Seattle By June we were harvesting lots of Issaquah. There are so many opportuni- Tilth in both Wallingford gardens, which lettuce, which had been sown and trans- ties to take our unique programs to adults will require further public outreach, care- planted into the garden in the early spring. and children all over the region. ful coordination with city officials and ac- Most lettuces are cool season crops. As Our Demonstration Garden and Chil- tion by Seattle City Council. temperatures increase, their lifecycle dren’s Garden in Wallingford also have The results of the Community Plan- speeds up and the lettuce stretches up- been growing. These teaching gardens are ning Process are published in a beauti- wards, often going to seed and turning integral to Seattle Tilth’s history, mission ful booklet called the Garden Renovation the leaves bitter. and presence in the community, so I’d like Plan. It was written by Project Manager Our artichokes were ready by early July. to provide a brief update. Nicole Kistler, designed by Heidi Smets, On the artichoke, we’re actually eating the Last November, we launched an eight- and features Allison Orr’s original water- immature flower bud. We watch the buds month Community Planning Process for and harvest when the petals slightly loos- improvements in our Wallingford teach- en, but before the flower opens. If your ing gardens, funded by a $15,000 Neigh- timing was off, enjoy the brilliant purple borhood Matching Fund grant from the thistle-like flowers that attract bees and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. butterflies to the garden. We engaged both the city’s Parks Depart- We had three garlic beds in the Wall- ment and the surrounding community. ingford garden, and expected a mid-sum- The process resulted in a conceptual plan mer harvest. Garlic, as well as onions and that will guide us in obtaining permission shallots, are ready to harvest when sev- from city officials for garden improve- eral lower leaves yellow and dry. We pull ments. As part of that planning, we con- the bulbs and let them cure in a cool, dry tacted city officials about renewing our place until the skins, leaves and stems are long-term lease for the Wallingford Dem- completely dry. onstration Garden, seeking a lease for the The Bradner garden produced a great Children’s Garden and gaining approval harvest of green cabbage. It was started for our long-range plans. in the Tilth greenhouse in January, and Concurrently, we collaborated with set out under a cloche (a portable, plastic- the UW Design/Build Studio to build the covered hoop house) in mid-March. first garden improvements. The Studio’s Finally, our fava beans in the Walling- involvement was mentioned in numer- colors. See pages 4-5 for an overview of ford garden neared maturity by mid-July. ous communications with city officials potential improvements. (You can view a Favas are ready to eat when the beans swell and neighborhood groups. In April, the PDF of the 80-page booklet in the “About inside the pods and point downward. For Studio began installing a covered teach- Us” section of our Web site.) storage or seed saving, harvest the beans ing space in the Demonstration Garden, We are confident that Parks supports when the pods are black and dried. which would have benches and be remi- our mission and will work with us to se- The produce harvested from both the niscent of an airy trellis. The UW students cure an agreement and solve our redesign Wallingford and Bradner demonstration also began constructing a garden shed in needs so that we can continue our educa- gardens is shared with the garden crew vol- the Children’s Garden. tional services in 2009 and beyond. unteers and local food banks. Thank you Some of you may have seen the two So, along with our 30th Anniversary to everyone who helps make our gardens partially-constructed projects in our year, we are laying the ground work for beautiful and productive. Wallingford gardens and wondered why our 60th anniversary, and the support of they are not yet finished. Unfortunately, our community partners is essential. I’ll in late May, Parks officials required us to keep you in the loop as the negotiations stop work on both projects pending fur- continue. If you have any questions, don’t ther approvals. In the garden, we faced hesitate to call me at (206) 632-1999 or the possibility of many months with a write me at email@example.com. pAge 4 SeAttLe tiLth ASSoCiAtioN Aug/Sept 2008 A New Vision for Tilth in Wallingford This conceptual plan for improvements to our Wall- ingford teaching gardens appears in the Seattle Tilth Garden Renovation Plan, available online at www.seattletilth.org/aboutus/gardens. The plan was developed during the eight-month Community Planning Process described on page 3. Turning this conceptual plan into reality is a long-term goal that we expect to implement in stages. Thank you to everyone contributing to the planning process, and we welcome additional feed- back on these ideas. Aug/Sept 2008 SeAttLe tiLth ASSoCiAtioN pAge 5 pAge 6 SeAttLe tiLth ASSoCiAtioN Aug/Sept 2008 Eat Your View! incorporate food and Naked are too dumb to decide not to germinate, medicines into your organic landscape. Gardener: and that there must be some sinister hand use our services to make your yard work Beans and of insurrection at work here. An external manageable, or let us do it all; and you can agency, bent on undermining the horti- Butterflies cultural establishment and attacking harvest all year long. You can have a 50 ft diet! Free Quote - Jayne@sistersageherbs.com or I heard from a gar- the core values of backyard husbandry. I 206-898-2101. dening friend who doubt it, actually. Rain Barrels. 60 gallon, food clean, fully had trouble grow- You might also attack the “bean indus- assembled with brass ﬁttings and removable ing his beans this trial action” theory on the grounds that mesh screen. Available in black, terra cotta year that he had heard from other gar- these beans we have planted this year— and blue. excellent value, only $65 plus tax dening friends of his that they had trou- and are failing to grow this year—are the each (delivery and installation available). ble growing beans this year, too. Since I innocent offspring of last year’s beans, Call or e-mail me, Dan Borba, at 253-272-8173, firstname.lastname@example.org. harvesting the also had trouble growing beans this year, and so can have no conception (in their rain since 1999. I’m wondering if it’s a general problem. bean-brains) of what germination is, let I wonder if lots of folks are having alone any objections to going through the Green Light Gardening. Specializing in trouble growing beans this year. process on the grounds that it’s boring child-friendly and bird-friendly gardens with year-round beauty. Consultation, design, If this is the case, it’s likely to be caused and dull old stuff. and pruning lessons. emily, 206-523-1774, by the weather I suppose, although that’s To that I say: consider the Monarch greenlightgardening.com. really just speculation on my part. It butterfly. They migrate over distances so could just as easily be caused by Mars be- vast it takes them several generations to Worm composting on the Eastside? Red wigglers for sale. Call Judy, 425-868-2694, or ing in retrograde (which I’ve often heard complete the journey. Those that start e-mail email@example.com. is a BAD THING, not that anyone can do never finish, and those that finish are, I anything about it) or maybe the beans are believe, a couple of generations removed See your garden with new eyes. offering just fed up. Perhaps the beans are tired of from them. And then, the butterflies that experienced, educated and thoughtful garden coaching and consulting arborist services. germinating in the same old boring way begin the return journey have never taken Katy at 206-351-1375 or www.gardenvision.net. year after year, and decided this year to that journey or visited their destination down tools. and yet they invariably arrive. It’s quite Chef’s private garden now accepting “Down tools,” I recently learned, is an amazing, and especially so given that applications for full- or part-time ﬁeld expression not well-known in this coun- travel writing amongst the Monarch but- hands and interns looking to gain farming experience in a transitional environment. try. At least, it was not known to the NPR terflies is lamentably backward and their Applicant will work hand-in-hand with the host talking with the English folk-singer maps simply unusable. chef, maintaining the link between farm and who used the expression during her re- But back to the beans. table. This is an excellent learning experience, cent on-air interview. It means, literally, We persist, my fellow gardeners and and will help this small farm grow. Duties to put down your tools. You stop work- I, in attempting to grow them. I’ve got a include planting, weeding and harvesting for ing, and you do so in protest. Everyone few seedlings struggling up into the blaz- daily restaurant operation, maintaining ﬁeld in Britain knows the expression because ing sunlight of mid-July, but it’s a poor during growing season, and helping develop they grow up with it, hearing it on the showing and the crop will be meager. a winter planting schedule. garden is 3 acres. radio news, and reading it in the papers. Once again I’m grateful for the fact that Must be self-motivated and have a strong Tool downing happens when workers are I do not have to depend entirely upon my work ethic. Morning schedule preferred. troubled by some aspect of their working success as a gardener to provide food for Wage negotiable. Contact bscheehser@ conditions and other methods of negotia- my family’s table. trellisrestaurant.net. tion have failed to improve the situation. I’m grateful also for the rhubarb, rasp- Tool downing is quite different from berries, tomatoes, lettuces and other veg- Calvin Creasey : swan upping, which is a ceremonial cen- etables that are doing very well, thank you. sus of the swans on the River Thames, The earth is bounteous, and it’s like they gardener held about this time of year since the always say: what you lose on the beans you 12th Century. According to Flanders and gain on the rutabagas. Swann, 20th century British funnymen, Free consultation for Tilth swan upping at Downham was sometimes members followed by swan downing at Upham. Classiﬁeds Complete services. No space But back to the beans. too small. Cynthia Creasey, real estate agent I know that some of you will be scoffing specializing in gardens that come with houses 206-789-6456 at the idea that beans could, of their own in Seattle. Call 206-276-8292, Lake & Co. Real The best plants, grandly grown volition, take collective action of the sort estate. I’m suggesting. You will argue that beans Aug/Sept 2008 SeAttLe tiLth ASSoCiAtioN pAge 7 Join Seattle Tilth! 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For ex- ample, in this case, the mildew is attack- This past spring I tore up my lawn and Since your plants already have pow- ing the leaves, but not the actual grapes put in my first vegetable garden. The dery mildew, we’ll focus on management and squash, so your harvest will generally other day I noticed my squash and grape options, rather than prevention: not be affected. leaves had white powder all over them • Good air circulation is crucial in Call the Garden Hotline at (206) and some leaves were curled up and controlling all fungal diseases. Thin the 633-0224, Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. brown. What is happening here? leaves and move anything that may block to 5 p.m., or e-mail us at help@garden- It sounds like one of the Northwest’s air flow. hotline.org. And check out our new Web most common plant problems has found • Remove any severely affected leaves to site: www.gardenhotline.org. your garden. The white powder on your decrease the number of spores. Put these plants is powdery mildew. The mildew leaves in your yard waste bin, not your is caused by a fungus that thrives when home compost pile. Such piles often do not plants dry out—in regions with hot days get hot enough to kill the pathogen. and cool nights. Hundreds of different • Check to see that the soil has adequate fungi cause powdery mildews. These fun- moisture and never fully dries out. To do gi are host-specific, meaning that they so, stick your finger at least two inches in infect, and can not survive without, one the soil. When the top inch of the soil has particular plant species. A stressed plant dried out, it is time to water again. Avoid is more susceptible to the disease as the overhead watering to minimize the spread of the spores. (Drip and soaker hoses are a great way to help prevent the spread of diseases in a garden.) One further control tip: avoid late summer applica- tions of high-nitrogen fer- tilizer to limit the produc- tion of new, susceptible tissue. If the problem won’t go away, apply a mixture of baking soda, soap and wa- fungal spores of powdery mildew produce ter to your leaves. This mixture does not mycelia which thrive on dry, stressed leaf kill existing spores, but it will help pre- surfaces in our humid summers. vent further spreading. Mix one teaspoon As with any pest or disease problem, of baking soda and four drops of biode- the first step to managing powdery mil- gradable soap with one quart of water dew is to prevent it by planting fungus- and spray on the leaves, making sure to resistant varieties. thoroughly cover the entire leaf. NoN-pRoFit oRg. u . S . p o S tA g e 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 120 pa i d Seattle, Washington 98103-6900 S e At t L e , WA RetuRN SeRViCeS ReQueSteD p e R M i t N o . 13 5 5 5 The date above your name is your membership expiration date. Thanks for renewing! Summer Learning Save the Date! Continues at Tilth Seattle tilth Wine tasting Printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink Children and adults can grow their gardening oct. 23. We’re bringing back a signature tilth skills and have fun in tilth workshops, camps event—join us! and programs. From toddlers to teens, there is something for every kid. Adults can get a fall Tour Area Farms at salad garden started. Sept. 27 Harvest Celebration please note: lower member prices are shown touch the soil of local farms and see how a ﬁrst on the listings, and pre-registration is re- professional grows veggies as area farmers quired. Visit www.seattletilth.org or call (206) open their ﬁelds to the public on Saturday, 633-5045, ext. 2 for registration details. Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Children’s programs: The harvest Celebration Farm tour, now in its 10th year, works with many local growers garden Detectives Week-long Camp. Aug. to provide on-farm demonstrations and agri- 4-8. Age group: 5-6 years. $155/$190. cultural learning for children and adults. The preschool Morning programs. Sessions con- event includes ﬁeld walks, hay rides, corn maz- tinue through Aug. 22. Age group: 3-5 years, Jessica Heiman waters the “20 Bed,” installed es and food tastings. with parents. $40/$50 (plus $20 for additional to celebrate the Children’s Garden’s 20th year, which will be celebrated with a reunion and For more information and directions to the sibling ages 1-2). farms, visit http://king.wsu.edu/foodandfarms/ Junior garden Counselor program. Sessions picnic on Saturday, Aug. 9, 4-8 p.m. HarvestCelebration.html or call (206) 205-3206. continue through Aug. 25. Age group: 10-14 The programs are sponsored by the City of is- years. half-day (morning) programs through saquah’s Resource Conservation office. Help With Community Aug. 25, $90/$120; Full-day programs through Aug. 19 – Fall Salad gardening Fruit Tree Harvest Aug. 11, $130/$160. Sept. 23 – Wildlife Friendly gardening for Nat- Fruit is a valuable community resource, and garden Adventure Day Camps. Sessions con- ural pest Control this year Solid ground will again be coordinat- tinue through Aug. 11. Age group: 6-10 years. ing the Community Fruit tree harvest. You october tBA – putting the garden to Bed $155/$190. can help. garden hotline Clinics at the issaquah Farm- peewee Classes for toddlers. Sessions contin- to volunteer to harvest or deliver fruit, or to ers Market – Saturdays (Aug. 16, Sept. 20, oct. ue through Aug. 27. Age group: 1-2 years, with join a neighborhood harvest or tree mapping 11), 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. parents. $20/$30. project, call Lettuce Link at (206) 694-6746 or garden Detectives. Sessions continue through Upcoming Tilth 30th e-mail email@example.com. Aug. 29. Age group: 5-6 years. each class is two afternoons. $40/$50. Anniversary Events Adult gardening Classes: Children’s Garden 20th Aug. 23 – Fall Salad gardening, $15/$20. good Anniversary Reunion & Picnic Shepherd Center. Saturday, Aug. 9, 4 - 8 p.m. Meridian Park at North 50th St. Issaquah Programs: Seattle tilth’s new issaquah classes are held Seattle Tilth Harvest tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., meeting in the pick- Fair: Your Locally Grown ering garden. Classes are free but pre-regis- Food Festival & Tomato Tasting Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. tration is required by calling (425) 837-3428. Meridian Park at North 50th St.
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