Category Archives: Growing Tips

Tomatoes are a challenge in the PNW — we’ll provide starts, you grow them

SGGN will have tomato starts ready for the giving gardens, kitchen gardens, and food banks approximately mid-May, 2018. Despite the cold April weather, we have lots of starts, and lots of varieties including slicers (beefsteak, Money Maker, Siletz) cherry tomatoes: (red and yellow) paste and pasta varieties (San Marzano varieties).

For those who’d like some tutoring before taking on the responsibility for new tomato starts, here’s one class:
Growing Vegetables including Tomatoes, Sunday, April 22nd – 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Magnolia Garden Center. In this class, owner Chuck Flaharty will go over planting and fertilizing vegetables with a special emphasis on Tomato growing in our area, including best practices for success and the best varieties to choose for the best harvest.
If you’re planning on attending the Center would like an RSVP to:

Magnolia Garden Center
3213 W Smith St, Seattle, Washington 98199
(206) 284-1161

SHOULD I pick those squash?

If you were growing summer squash: you know the season is over and that it’s time to be thinking about pulling those vines and composting them. My own winter squash, however, still have nice looking fruit and some decent looking leaves. When to harvest, and how to ensure long shelf life for the food bank clients? Fortunately, Territorial’s blog just had some good information (and pictures). Happy harvesting.