Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
Yellowood Farm in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood was the proud winner of the Frugal Urban Farmer award at Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour this past July.
It has grown during Director Andrea Dwyer’s tenure. The budget surged to $2.4 million last year. Tilth now has a staff of 50 educators, including experts in water conservation, soil building and food production from backyard-level to farm-scale.
We can still enjoy the pleasures of the garden in our dark days if we’ve planted a few evergreens to soften and enliven the view out the windows.
The average first frost date in the Seattle area is Nov. 11, depending on the elevation where you live and how close you are to moderating bodies of water like Lake Washington or Puget Sound.
According to a 2013 estimate by “Science News,” house cats and feral cats kill between 1.3 and 4 billion birds a year.
You’ll find not only a fine, concise introductory essay on the history of gardens in our region, but also photos, descriptions and details sure to lure you out to visit gardens new and familiar.
These four new books are certain to inspire, entertain, instruct and just plain get you through the winter until it’s time to go back outside and dig in the dirt again.
Because they are tall and slender, you can pretty much find room for a stand of lilies in even the smallest garden. Or plant them in big containers, where they’ll bloom happily for years.
From dramatic designs to ‘Pixie’ grapes, plant appreciation grows.
Because autumn scents are subtle, layering fragrance from trees to perennials is most effective.
“When I walk out the back door, I want to see food,” says the co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company.
Being respectful of Earth’s resources and your own time and energies is modern. Gardens are becoming more utilitarian as people grow their own food, create spaces for sanctuary and healing, and perhaps downsize their gardening ambitions along with their homes.