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It’s May! The Busiest Month at the Orchard

May 24, 2017

saran-wrap-wp_20170524_003Don’t blink. You might miss something. Everything is growing and gardens are glowing. Welcome new gardeners Mitch, Michael and Stuart.

Michael and Stuart got an early start by protecting some plants with saran wrap.food-bank-no-2-sm-wp_20170523_007

Sue has a second food bank bed, and hoop-contents-sm-wp_20170523_004not surprising, it looks professional. We took nine pounds of greens from her hoop to the food bank today.

The word spread like fire around town last week that someone caught a codling moth in a trap. We raced to get the apples and pears protected by installing nylon ‘footies’ plus netting.

ladybugs-sm-wp_20170517_007While adding the footies to the apples we could see that the bugs are busier than we are. Here are two ladybugs on the Fuji. Well … they can’t both be ladies. And spiders-sm-wp_20170523_008 newly hatched spiders in the Liberty, all scrambling out, ready to explore. Ladybugs and spiders are two of the best beneficial insects for the orchard.

Kate and Elley carved out a new garden bed in a couple of hours. A day later, Sue attacked and created a nice looking nest for kate-w-pepper-bed-auto-correct-sm-wp_20170521_001the hot peppers. The weed barrier paper is OMRI certified organic and biodegradable. sues-peppers-sm-wp_20170523_002What a nice looking nest for the pepper plants.

Sat, Jun 3, 10-12, Work Party
Sun, Jun 18, 2-4, Work Party
Sat, Jul 1, 10-12, Work Party
Sun, Jul 16, 2-4, Work Party

Since we can’t control ourselves at plant sales there are a few new plants in the north end. Come and find the new Salvia Hot Lips (Slavia Microphylla) and the Sapphire Blue Sea Holly (Erngium). Ciscoe Morris himself told us these two plants would give us the August flowers that the pollinators need.

All of this activity in the space of about a week! We hope the show slows down a bit in June.


State Of The Onion Address

July 18, 2015Egyptian walking onion WP_20150713_006

On June 15, after four years of lugging water, we turned on a spigot. Wow! The sound of water rushing into a bucket; it actually took some getting used to! What a wonderful resource, especially with this record hot and dry summer. Our cisterns were installed just after the big February storms so we must rely mostly on City water this summer. The spigot WP_20150713_004cost of both the cistern and City water installations were paid for by a City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Grant.

We had to start watering early this year, May 25th, and it takes about three hours per week to water all of the plants. Thanks to those who help with watering: Jennifer, Justin, Nancy, Joan and 37 youngsters from the Kids Co summer care program at McDonald elementary.

Access to water allows us to test out a few vegetables this summer.nan pepper WP_20150704_001 I picked our first Anaheim pepper July 6 and it was just a little start when it was planted May 25th!

In the next several months, we will construct garden beds and a path. Volunteers are picking up pieces of concrete from construction sites and piling them up to frame garden beds and make an herb spiral. In August, a professional will take up grass to make way for the path. We will recycle that good soil onto the garden beds.

flower close up WP_20150622_002Can you identify this flower? (See photo of flower & leaf.) There is a vote 150704 hibiscus leaf WP_20150704_002for hibiscus and for white swan. Nature brings in some challenging plants to the orchard but this newcomer is lovely.

We need a sign maker. You just need to design a template, have it reviewed, and then order the signs. We will need to post signs relating to safety during path construction so we need a design by August 8. Can you help?

We need help recruiting volunteers for the August 22 & 23 gravel work party. Please Please email us if you can find a volunteer or two.

Tues, Aug 4, 6-9, Night Out
Bring a dish and utensils.
Sat, Aug 22, 10-2, Path Building
Sun, Aug 23, 10-2, Path Building
Sun, Aug 23, 11-12, Qi Gong
No experience necessary

Also, help report illegal dumping at the orchard. The City of Seattle has a new mobile app for reporting illegal dumping, abandoned vehicles, potholes, and streetlights that need repair.

You can also use their online service request form. (http://www.seattle.gov/customerservice/request.htm)

Or, call this number: Illegal dumping -206-684-7587

Thank you for all that you do for gardening and community.