Monday, July 14, 2014

Garden Talk: The garden in full bloom

By Kate Nagel, food bank garden coordinator, Washington Conservation Corps, Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program

In the last couple months, Ecology’s Food Bank Garden has transformed from dirt, small plants, and weeds, to a gorgeous display of flourishing vegetable plants!

More than 400 winter squash plants take over the back half of the garden, spreading their green leaves and vines across rows. Sunflowers, soon-to-be-harvested garlic, tomatoes, and onions steal the show in the front. Corn completes the garden, quickly filling in the middle rows. Because wildflowers self-distributed around the garden, we even have a sprinkling of added color to admire.

Join in the fun!

There’s nothing like getting some fresh air and gardening therapy in the middle of a long day. Garden work parties take place Tuesdays and Fridays during lunchtime (12-1 p.m.). Contact Kate Nagel for more information.

Olympia Seed Exchange

Did you know that Olympia has its very own Seed Exchange group? This local non-profit organization promotes seed trading and seed education throughout the community. During the Food Bank Garden’s recent Garden Celebration on June 18, the Olympia Seed Exchange donated seeds for the day.

What is their simple exchange method? Take seeds that you need, and add seeds to the collection for others. However, you don’t need to leave seeds in order to receive. The seeds available at the Garden Celebration ranged from packaged corn, beans, and cucumbers, to home-saved kale, quinoa, and flower seeds.

Check out what the Olympia Seed Exchange is all about, along with their upcoming schedule.

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