organic gardening

A Food Forest Grows in Bothell

A Food Forest Grows in Bothell

An emerging idea as we blur the boundaries between ornamental and food gardening is the Food Forest. A project garnering recent attention is the Cascadia College (CC) Food Forest, on the campus shared by Cascadia and the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). It is one of a few but growing number of college campuses in the U.S. which are maintained using sustainable practices and without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

Framed for Murder: Not the Pests You Might suspect

Framed for Murder: Not the Pests You Might suspect

Dear Friend,I am writing to you today to ask your assistance in righting an egregious wrong, which has been foisted on an innocent population for decades — nay, centuries. It's time to set the record straight.

Mulch: We Have So Mulch To Talk About

Mulch: We Have So Mulch To Talk About

If you hang around Swansons long enough, you’ll hear us extol the benefits of “compost” and “mulch,” often in the same sentence. You’ll hear them both as nouns and verbs. Are they the same thing? Not exactly, but their uses and benefits to your garden are closely related.

The UW Farm: Bringing People Together Around Food & Farming

The UW Farm: Bringing People Together Around Food & Farming

The main site of the UW Farm is tucked away behind the Center for Urban Horticulture, an agrarian oasis in the midst of Husky stadium, U Village and the bustling UW campus. If you walk through, you will find rows and rows of carefully planted vegetables, a growing permaculture section and a student-designed shed and composting area. 

Why We Garden, Reason #12 (and a half)

Why We Garden, Reason #12 (and a half)

So I confess I was a bit surprised when I stumbled across a great article about the virtues of the dandelion, written by Saara Nafici of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Brooklyn? you say. I know, right? When I think of Brooklyn, I think concrete jungle, not meadows of wildflowers (It's okay, Seattle, our designer chickens are still designery-er than theirs).

6 Essential Steps for a Successful Vegetable Garden

6 Essential Steps for a Successful Vegetable Garden

It’s officially mid-April and you haven’t started your vegetable garden yet. Don’t panic! There’s still plenty of time, whether you are starting from scratch or a veteran urban farmer, here are 6 essential steps to help you create a successful veggie garden.