Archive for February, 2009

First sprouts of our greenhouse plants!

We have lift-off! Come May 9th, hundreds of plants will be sold at our annual plant sale. They are looking good so far.

So far we have at least 10 different kinds of tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, collard greens, chard, kale, oregano, dill, thyme, parsley, and tons more coming soon!

Feel free to drop by the greenhouse to take a look.

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Building capillary beds for Native Plants

Our great native plant expert John Koon got the students started on building the capillary beds that will be the cornerstone of our native plant restoration program. These plants will eventually be replanted in restoration projects around King County. The capillary beds consist of a bottom layer of soil, black fabric and plastic placed on top of that, and 3-4″ of sawdust on top. The propagated native plants are placed in the sawdust and left to grow for an extended period of time. This process feeds the plants the moisture and water that they need, with little or no maintenance. read this article from WSU to learn a little more about it.

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First seeds planted for Orca’s legendary plant sale!

The legendary Orca Plant Sale returns Saturday May 9th (which just happens to be Anthony’s birthday)! In the transition to our new building, we took a year off- but this year will be the grandest of all time! Today we planted the first seeds for the plant sale starter plants.  Stacy, Supaydah, Laura Grow, and Marletta all had students come down to the greenhouse throughout the day to take the first steps of our plant sale. We will have tons of vegetables, herbs, and of course tomatoes!!! Stay tuned for more info!

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