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Gardening

The sun is traveling its winter arc low in the southern sky, and we are urged indoors to connect with the restful rhythm of the season. The garden has been stripped of the summer bounty, revealing spaces which invite us to imagine. While the garden is in sleep mode, we can slow down and prepare. Relish...
Compost

By Alan Garvey, Master Composter/Soil Builder Intern My Master Composter experience started back in the fall of 2014. Little did I know I was stepping into a world that would reignite my passion to serve my community. I was looking for extra credit for a community college course on...
Kids & Families | Our Work

By Nat Mengist, Children’s Garden Coordinator Sometimes people end up working in the food system unexpectedly. Such is the case with Shaila Bolger, an intern with Seattle Tilth’s children’s education programs. Shaila was matched with Seattle Tilth through the Undergraduate Community Based Intern program from the University of Washington’s...
Gardening

By Veralea Swayne, Garden Educator Did you know there is a grand balancing act going on below your garden soil? Many living soil organisms are eating, excreting, dying and decomposing each day. They are interdependent and creating dynamic activity that is known as the soil food web. Some of these...
Our Work

Seattle Tilth. The “Seattle” part is easy enough to figure out, but have you ever wondered what “Tilth” means and why it’s part of our name? You’re not alone! This is one of our most frequently asked questions and has only become more common as we explore a merger with...
Gardening

By Jennifer Crouch Beneficial pollinators are one of the secrets to a healthy organic garden, and the most well-known of these gardener’s friends is the honeybee. But did you know that these charming little pollinators aren’t native to North America? Honeybees first arrived with European immigrants in the 1600s,...
Gardening

Flowers are a valuable addition to any edible or ornamental garden. They add beautiful color and fragrance, act as trap crops, discourage pests, and attract pollinators and predatory insects. Flowers can also provide you with an extended season of breathtaking blossoms that can save you money on decorative bouquets...
Gardening

Some people think garlic wards off vampires, colds or evil. Embrace the season by planting garlic! Prep: Garlic prefers rich, well-drained soil. Dig-in compost before planting. Plant: Break apart the bulb and try to keep the skin of each clove intact. Plant cloves 2” deep, with the pointy end...
Gardening

Sleep is good for us. It helps repair our minds and bodies, bolsters our immune system so we can ward off illnesses and provides us with the strength to take on the challenges of our daily cycle of waking, eating, working and sleeping. Our gardens work along a similar...