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Seattle BD Study Group invitation

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Comment by Caitlin on February 21, 2009 at 10:04am
Also, check out the Seattle Urban Farm Coop. We're just starting. Our goal is to make farm supplies more available and affordable in the city.
Comment by Tom Allen on February 25, 2009 at 11:54am
Here's a link to an article on nutrient density of fresh foods - there is a difference.
Comment by Tom Allen on March 4, 2009 at 12:51pm
The link below is to an interesting article by Michael Pilarski on how gardening could feed the world.
Comment by Linda Dee on March 10, 2009 at 1:24pm
Hi Susan,
I should be able to come over to Joann's next Sunday after we finish here, I've gotten some weeding done so this may be fairly quick here, although I'm really not sure of the design yet. Guess it doesn't have to be completely decided on sunday -
See you then.
Comment by Linda Dee on March 16, 2009 at 11:59am
Hi Susan,
That email that you sent me (and others?) yesterday before noon just came in to me this morning, the time shown on the email was 3am'ish. Just so you know, the way this system is set up apparently isn't for quick communication via email.
I had a great afternoon yesterday at Swanson's figuring out what to plan and where, although I'd love some input on my plan. I'm psyched about this. But their prices are very high for starts, may try to plant some from seeds, but I'm wondering where a cheaper source of starts might be - ?
Comment by Karen on March 16, 2009 at 4:58pm
Hi - I had offered to help at Joann's but never heard back. We live close by so it was no biggie, but I wonder about communication for next time - would it be best via email and not this site? Please count me in, I'd love to help when I can! Cheers - Karen
Comment by Tom Allen on April 10, 2009 at 12:25pm
Here's a link to a valuable resource:The soils association of the UK.
Comment by Karen on April 29, 2009 at 1:07pm
Hi urban farmers!

I am wondering if anyone has a super easy raised bed plan they'd like to link to or describe here. I want to put in raspberries next to our house ASAP and am lagging due to minimal handiness. I know there is probably lead in the soil from paint residue so am not sure how high I need to build, either. Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated.


- Karen
Comment by Caitlin on April 29, 2009 at 5:07pm
If you've concerned about lead, you should really get your soil tested. There's no point in worrying about something that isn't there, but if it is there, you'll want to know about it.

Vegetables become contaminated with lead because there is soil on the part that is eaten. As long as the edible part does not touch contaminated soil, it should be fine. They do not take lead up through their roots. The lead is on the surface, not inside the plant. Therefore, washing any produce well will reduce contamination. For raspberries, the berries would not normally touch soil and therefore would not be contaminated. For extra protection, you can mulch the bed. It doesn't really matter how deep, as long as the soil is completely covered. Mulching is a good idea anyway for water conservation.

For my beds, I pretty much just mound soil (or not). There is no edging, or I line the edges with bricks only to provide definition to the paths. I find walls to be hard to weed and use a shovel around. If I were to put in walls, I'd put 2x2 stakes at each corner and screw 2x4's or 2x6's to them.
Comment by Rebecca Nelson on June 26, 2009 at 2:53pm
A couple Sundays ago in the Pacific Northwest section of the paper there was an article on herbs. It was pretty 101 for the most part, but there was a bit of good info on growing basil that I thought others might be interested in.

There's not that much to it, but I try to read anything I can find on growing basil in these parts. One day, something will work for me!


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