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.

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

2018 Sprouts ready April 6 for Giving Gardeners

To all the Giving Gardeners: plant starts are ready for pickup at the Ballard Greenhouse starting Friday April 6th at 9am and continuing until Sunday April 8th at 6pm. If you need to know where this is please ask! (We will not post the address on this public site.)

There are 5 plants per pot. Take what you can grow and donate to food banks or food programs. Only take the pots, leave the trays. It is best to bring a box to transport your pots. Please return the pots and labels back for our reuse.

Please be sure to fill in the pickup sheet in the plastic box with a count of how many pots you are taking of each type.


Here’s what we have:
Pac Choi
Nash Green Kale
Lacinato Kale
Ruby Red chard
Rainbow Chard
Fordhook Chard
Optima Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce

There’ll be another give away for the plants that need warmer weather in May. This will include tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. There will be both bean sprouts and bean seeds available at this time.