A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Wallingford greenhouse group looking for new place to grow veggie starts for giving gardens

January 29th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The group has found a greenhouse space in U-Village.

Earlier: A group of volunteers has recently lost its use of a greenhouse in Wallingford, where they grew vegetable starts for P-Patch gardeners to grow food to donate to local food banks.

The six-year-old group is looking for a greenhouse space anywhere north of the Ship Canal, from east Ballard to Wallingford, up to about 85th Street.

If you have a greenhouse, or space where one can be constructed, email Agnes at agnes.p.cwalina@gmail.com.

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Greenwood P-Patch redesign meeting is tonight

May 28th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood P-Patch Steering Committee is meeting tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library to discuss the redesign of the Greenwood P-Patch at 345 NW 88th St. Two more workshops will follow on June 27 and July 23. The steering committee is working with Higbee Design Collaborative to redesign the P-patch.

Tonight’s meeting is from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. All are welcome.

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2 free community garden plots left at Harbor Church

March 27th, 2013 by Doree

Harbor Church, on the corner of NW 92nd Street and 11th Avenue NW, has two spots open in its free community garden.

For more information, contact Jana Koh, Minister of Outreach and Family Ministries, at jana.koh@gmail.com or call 206-414-5022.

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Community garden plots available at Luther Memorial Church in Broadview

March 25th, 2013 by Doree

Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N., has free community garden plots available.

Plots have been freshly tilled and turned and there are still some remaining. Gardening tools of the trade are provided for your use or you can bring your own. For information, email garden@luthermemorialseattle.com or call 206-364-2510. Information is also available online at www.luthermemorialseattle.com.

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Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest starts next week

March 5th, 2013 by Doree

Time once again for Woodland Park Zoo‘s Spring Fecal Fest, when gardeners get excited about the prospect of rich compost made from animal poo.

Photo  by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

The annual Spring Fecal Fest begins on Monday, March 11, and ends March 31. Enter online for a chance to purchase Zoo Doo and Bedspread. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect for growing veggies and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips. Bedspread is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

If you don’t enter online, you can send in a postcard. Separate postcards are required for Zoo Doo and Bedspread drawings (and only one postcard entry for each). Send postcards with your name, phone number, whether you want Zoo Doo or Bedspread, how much you want, and whether you want to pick-up on a weekday or weekend, to: Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103.

Pick-up dates will be April 13-28. Winners load their own compost; the zoo will provide the shovels.

Prices for both kinds are: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed - $60; 6×4 bed - $45; 6×3 bed – $35. (Limit one full truck per person.) Garbage cans are $8-$10 depending on size; bags are $4-$6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

For more information, call the Poop Line at 206-625-POOP or check out the website.

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PhinneyWood resident showcases small container garden at NW Flower & Garden Show

February 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Phinney-Greenwood resident Suzanne Phillips, who owns Tea Leaf Gardens, is part of the Small Space Showcase at the NW Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center.

Phillips’ display is called Dragonfly, and is a Japanese influenced garden, meant to be “healing and refreshing.”

My idea is that nature has potential to heal us and we have the potential to heal nature as we live in balance with it. Dragonfly is a symbol of the potential for transformation & renewal as it’s not the only insect which transforms from larvae to flying insect. It also is the subject of a book, The Dragonfly Door, which is a book that discusses loss and change for children, particularly when a classmate dies. There are several dragonflies (9) scattered around my garden.


Photo courtesy of Suzanne Phillips.

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‘Sylvia’s Spinach’ author visits Greenwood Elementary

October 29th, 2012 by Doree

Local author Katherine Pryor brought her little red wagon spinach garden to Greenwood Elementary last Friday to encourage children to try new foods. Pryor also read from her new book, “Sylvia’s Spinach,” to the students, then took them outside to plant spinach seeds in their school garden.

(Photo courtesy Greenwood Elementary)

The author encouraged students to try new food and give it a second, third or fourth try even if you don’t like it for the first time.

Earlier this month, the school had another local author, Rick Swann of “Our School Garden,” to read his book as part of the launch of the garden.

Sylvia’s Spinach is based on a true story in a school in Washington and about kids’ eating (or not eating) spinach and then learning to grow it in school gardens and how that might change kids’ minds.

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Greenwood Elementary School celebrates new school garden

October 15th, 2012 by Doree

Students and parents of Greenwood Elementary School gathered last Thursday to celebrate the opening of the school’s new garden.

Local author Rick Swann read from his book, “Our School Garden.”

The garden is a collaboration between the Seattle School District, Greenwood Elementary PTA and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Thanks to Greenwood Elementary for the photos!

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Luther Memorial Church north of Greenwood offering free garden spaces

April 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N., is offering free garden spaces to anyone who wants one.

 There are no strings attached, unless pole beans are climbing up ‘em! And this is not an effort to prostelytize, so we’re clear. We just want to be good neighbors and use our land well. So, if anyone is interested, they can call 364-2510 (office hours are M-F 9am-2pm, but if they call at another time, they can leave a message and we’ll call them back). Or they can email me at pastor@luthermemorialseattle.com. We provide garden tools, too!

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Work party at Greenwood Park on Sunday

March 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Volunteers from Vision Greenwood Park are hosting a work party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the park’s new Community Garden at Fremont Avenue North and North 89th Street.

The work party will happen rain or shine. Bring any of the following tools if you can:

  • Gloves
  • Shovels (5)
  • Trowels (5)
  • Plastic 5 gallon buckets (5)
  • Garden hose
  • Iron rakes (3)
  • Push broom (2)
  • Wheelbarrows (4)

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Zoo’s Fecal Fest starts tomorrow

February 27th, 2012 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest starts on Tuesday. Enter the drawing for a chance to buy the very popular Zoo Doo or Bedspread compost for your garden.

A steaming pile of Zoo Doo. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores, Zoo Doo is perfect for vegetables and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.

As usual, due to the popularity of Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter a drawing to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. For the first time, an online form is available to make it easier to enter and help reduce paper. Beginning February 28, enter at: www.zoo.org/fecalfest. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

For those garden enthusiasts who don’t have access to a computer, Dr. Doo will still accept postcards. Separate postcards are required for Zoo Doo and Bedspread drawings. Only one postcard per person is eligible for each drawing.

For postcard entries, send a standard postcard to: Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information: Name; Day and evening phone numbers; Mark postcard: Zoo Doo or B.S.; Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load); Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up.

The online entries and postcards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Phone orders will not be accepted.

WHEN: Online forms and postcard entries will be accepted from February 28 through March 17. Pick-up dates begin April 13 through April 29. The lucky winners load the compost and Dr. Doo provides the shovels.

PRICES: Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $45; 6×3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStores for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

INFO: For more information, call the Poop Line at 206.625.POOP or visit the zoo’s website at www.zoo.org.

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Greenwood Elementary breaking ground on new school garden

November 9th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School is building a new school garden, thanks to a grant from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods. The new garden will be on the southwest corner of the building.

The first community meeting and ground breaking is this Saturday morning at the school, at 144 NW 80th St. Meet in the commons on the first floor for coffee (donated by Makeda Coffee) and general info from 9:30-10:30 a.m., then the ground breaking starts at 10:30 a.m.

You can follow the garden’s progress online. For more information, contact the project coordinators, Jessyca Pole or Stephanie Magill, at d.poole@comcast.net or stephcblum@yahoo.com.

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