Category Archives: SGGN Sprouts

SGGN Sprouts is composed of our two greenhouses whose growers generously plant and tend starts for our giving gardens. Located in Wallingford and Ballard, our greenhouses operate February through July.

Spring Giving Garden Gather Feb 24

Join Seattle’s Giving Garden Network, P-Patch and Lettuce Link for our 2016 Giving Gardener Gathering! We would love to have representatives from all of the Giving Gardens in the area coming together for this gathering! This night will be an opportunity to:

· Meet with folks from P-Patch, Seattle’s Giving Garden Network, and Lettuce Link. Learn where to turn for seeds, starts, and more!
· Build community with other Giving Gardeners in the area. Share your strengths and tips with others, or reach out for advice.
· Talk with Seattle’s Giving Garden Network about receiving starts for 2016.
· Receive seeds for the new year.
· Eat and celebrate success of 2015 and the start of a new season!

Before ordering seeds: Please consider talking with your local foodbank. We encourage you to grow larger quantities of fewer varieties of vegetables for more impact at your local food bank/meal program.

To RSVP and to order seeds for the next season, please fill out this form:

If you are having trouble accessing this form, you can also send Kathleen Penna at Solid Ground an email or call to RSVP (please let me know how many people will be attending, and any dietary restrictions you may have).

And we thank Whole Foods for its ongoing support of this gather.

Return empty pots!

2016 Final Veggie Starts Distribution May 21-22

WOW – 2016 is shaping up to also be a warm spring and that the plants are ready for you to plant.


Plants will be available at the Ballard Greenhouse: 5805 32nd Ave NW. on racks beside the garage on NW 59th St. This street is west of 32nd Ave NW.


Ballard Greenhouse (see map)
5805 32nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

There is a sheet for you to record your garden, the number of pots and type of plants you took and any other info you would like us to have.

Return empty pots!

REMEMBER – there are multiple plants in each pot. Take ONLY what you can reasonably plant, care for and harvest.

What You Told Us (we’re listening!)

hello to all of you! I have closed the gardeners’ survey. 19 of the 40 gardens responded (this is a good response rate) and I am so pleased that so many thoughtful answers were submitted. I’ve sent the detailed results to Lori and to Agnes for planning for the greenhouses next year, and have used the results to help me decide on some next steps as well. (Specifically: to also provide seeds in addition to starts.)

19 respondents provided contact information for next year’s adventure :-); if you haven’t and you’re going to want starts please get your information to us! (Use the “contact us” button on this site.)

86% will want plants next year; no one said “no” but several said “maybe.” One didn’t know.

40% will be ready to order this month!! (It is November already!) Several thought they’d be ready in December and January, one in March and 5 people didn’t know.

86% received enough plants in their order; 73% said that the plants were typically productive, and 20% said their plants were better than productive. Despite some negatives (see below) no one reported total failure.

We do clearly have room to improve (as do most human beings …. ) the ordering system can be improved, and 33% wanted more choices.

The pick up location: no one wants only a regional site delivery. Half liked the Ballard location and half want both Ballard and a regional location. When I attended the Rainier community center celebration however, many thought that Ballard was a long way to go.

1/3 of the gardeners can harden off plants, 1/3 cannot, and 1/3 do not know. (We’ll provide more education about how to do this!)

Starts that are almost ready to transplant

Starts that are almost ready to transplant

The most frustration: transplant failures of squashes and cucumbers, weird green bean plants, small size of the chard starts; there is a desire for more variety of tomatoes and a timelier distribution process. Because some specifically want seeds to hedge against crop failure, I request that we order additional seeds so that we can provide these to those gardeners who wish to grow their own.