Changing Season in the Garden

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The season is changing in the garden. All the spring greens are being persuaded to give as much as possible before they bolt and get pulled out. The beautiful chard and lettuces brought lots of color this spring, but it is time to start planting summer crops. What's Growing Blueberries - have berries! Strawberries - have berries! Thornless Blackberries - have berries! (and are staged beautifully - swing by and check them out!) Peas - getting huge! These are a mix between vine and bush. Kabocha Squash - under the cloche. Carrots - beds are prepped and [...]

Support the Food Bank at the Community Garden

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Gardeners Fred and Christal spend many hours in the various gardens they manage across the neighborhood - at the Crown Hill Center, Whitman Middle School, and the Holman Grove the garden in the triangle by the Petco. We are so lucky to have them here driving the vision to make our community greener, prettier, and more delicious. All the food grown in these spaces are for passersby to enjoy. Most of the food is donated to the Ballard Food Bank. On Monday, Fred loaded up his bike trailer with over 49 lbs of food - which included 5 [...]

Root for the Kale!

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The gardeners are planting kale! We have such a perfect climate for growing kale, but the Crown Hill Community Garden was unable to grow it. When the gardeners took over the space, the dirt was full of club root - a fungus that affects the roots of most brassicas. So the gardeners focused on growing chard and lettuce - lots of chard and lettuce. Club root spores can live for ten years - that's a lot of lost broccoli and kale. Not to be deterred, of course the gardeners came up with a clever solution. The brick gardening [...]

Huge Spring Haul to the Food Bank

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This week, the gardeners donated 100 pounds of fresh herbs and greens to the Ballard Food Bank. Boxes of chard and miner's lettuce along with piles of fresh herbs - all harvested from the land outside the Crown Hill Center. Before this plot was turned into farmable land, it was an underused stretch of grass - and now it is creating a place for neighbors to connect and find nourishment! Stop by on Saturday! Do you manage the roundabout on your block or other right of way garden space? Are you wondering how to get started gardening [...]

Roundabout Meetup

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Do you manage your block's roundabout or other right of way space? Or, Wondering how to start gardening in your roundabout? Join us on Saturday! Crown Hill Center 9250 14th Ave NW 1-2pm Meet up with your neighbors! Talk about your successes and challenges. Share and learn about irrigation, trade seeds, talk about engaging other neighbors. Drop on by! Questions or comments? info@crownhillvillage.org

Time to Get Stuff in the Ground!

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The soil is warming up, and so are the plans at the Crown Hill Community Garden! The garden donates the food to the Ballard Food Bank and so far the donations weigh in at 201 pounds. This would be an impressive amount of tomatoes, but this time of year the donation bin is full of chard and lettuce - that's A LOT of light weight, nutrition packed beauty. With spring weather incoming, the donations will keep increasing. Stop by on Saturday! Join the gardeners at the Crown Hill Community Center and Neighborhood Volunteers to spruce up the [...]