• SGGN Sprouts

    Sprouts Growing Tomatoes

    On April 28th the Sprouts volunteers transplanted 1000 tomato plants and placed them in the hoop houses. We put netting around them to keep the rabbits out. For the last three weeks the weather has been so cold that we have mostly kept the hoop houses covered. Now, as the weather turns warmer, we can uncover the hoop houses to…

  • Giving Garden

    Gardener Updates

    Hello giving gardeners! Welcome to our new website! There’s a new look, but much is the same. A big change is the option for giving gardeners to submit a post on our site! To submit a post, visit https://www.sggn.org/garden-updates (or the link below in the footer at the very bottom of this site). Let us know what you’re growing, upcoming…

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    Giving Gardens really are productive–

    It’s important to tell the city what your GG has Donated. 2020’s harvest exceeded 20 tons of fresh, organic, local produce given to food banks and mission kitchen programs in Seattle. We know even more was grown and given because we provided seeds and starts to programs which do not participate in reporting to the city, including gardens supported directly…

  • 2021 Sprouts
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    2021 Update – SGGN continuing its mission

    SGGN’s committed Ballard Sprouts volunteers grew and distributed more than 22,000 vegetable starts to Giving Gardens, Food Bank clients and kitchen gardens. An experienced and passionate gardener is requesting seeds for distribution to the Giving Gardens and food banks in 2022. Giving Gardeners were reimbursed their expenses for tools and rabbit fences. Despite the best efforts of local rabbits, the…

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    Thank you, Seattle

    Our deepest gratitude for the support of our crowd-funding campaign in November. Thanks to you the Sprouts planting and distribution program continues, the seeds from donors will be distributed, and we can help the Giving Gardens with maintenance needs. Funds are used for seed-starting mix, seeds, transplanting soil, and heating mats; additional funds are used to support the food bank…

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    In English & Español: el Programa — cultivo de hortalizas; vegetable gardening, natural yard care

    ¡El Programa de Control de Malas Hierbas Nocivas del Condado de King, en colaboración con Seattle Public Utilities, está ofreciendo un taller gratuito en español sobre el manejo natural del jardín, cultivo de hortalizas y el control de las malas hierbas. Este taller es perfecto para los profesionales del jardín y el paisaje, y también cualquier otra persona interesada en…

  • Interbay Giving Garden
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    Winter Veggies

    Some of the Gardens want to extend the veggie growing season so that produce can be provided (nearly) year-around. We agreed to try growing a limited number of starts for those who’re going to brave the rains, slugs, and grey days. We’ve started collards, two kinds of chard, tatsoi, and Winter salad greens including lettuces. These WERE ready to go…

  • Uncategorized

    Spring Gather

    Despite the recent snow and ice: we gardeners know we need to begin planting. We shared wisdom and seeds on February 16. Thanks to donors: Swansons, Skye, Bellevue Nursery, City Peoples, Urban Earth Nursery, Magnolia Garden Center, Burpee, Renee’s Garden and Johnny’s Seeds.

  • Uncategorized

    Seed Donations for 2019

    Sometimes we just need to roll up our sleeves:  and November 17 we’ll be sorting about 5000 donated veggie and herb seed packets for distribution this coming spring.  The packets need to be organized and their flaps (which tend to come loose) taped or re-glued.  Then they’ll be distributed to the Giving Gardens at the Spring Gather, to food banks…

  • Growing & Giving in the Community,  Growing Tips,  SGGN Sprouts

    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…

  • Growing Tips

    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…

  • Giving Garden,  SGGN Sprouts,  Volunteering

    Three Greenhouses

    The Ballard Sprouts, South Park’s Providence Regina House Food Bank, and a small back yard greenhouse grew more than ten thousand starts for Seattle’s Giving Gardens. 2017 should be a very good year. Thank you to all of the volunteers who planted, nurtured, transplanted and transported these wonderful plants.

  • p-patch,  SGGN Sprouts,  Uncategorized

    2017’s STARTS seeded by Sprouts volunteers

    Volunteers have seeded lettuce, chard, tomatoes, peppers, kale and Asian greens for distribution to Seattle Giving Gardeners. Later there’ll be summer squash and cucumbers. When will these be ready to distribute? It depends upon the weather: our greenhouses are passive greenhouses but cozy, even on our snowy days. We’ll send a notice through the city of Seattle’s listserve when they’re…

  • general,  Growing Tips

    Free soil testing for King County residents

    The King County Conservation District will process up to five free soil tests (lifetime, per address.) To learn more (including how to send the samples and how to take a sample) contact the district. Worried about heavy metals? The Department of Ecology has an interactive webpage to check services available at your specific address.

  • Growing Tips

    Permaculture education – Beacon Food Forest

    We recently heard about these coming classes: Date: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Pre Registration Required) Early season vegetable seeds and plant cuttings propagation. Start some cool weather veggies, and start fruit shrubs from cuttings. Bring some home! For more info: http://beaconfoodforest.org/education/classes/start-your-garden-feb-2016/ – and – Fruit Tree Pruning with City Fruit and BFF Date: Sunday,…

  • Featured Story,  Growing Tips

    A Giving Gardeners Plea: Dealing with Club Root (aka slime mold)

    A Giving Gardener (who volunteers at several gardens) wanted to alert everyone to the challenge of club root. The gardener sent the pictures which we’ve uploaded and also shared research and experience with us. Susceptible crops include but are not limited to: rapeseed, mustards, brassicas, broccolis, the –chois, turnips, radishes, cauliflower, kale … We also asked the broader community what…

  • Growing & Giving in the Community

    The “New Normal…

    Today’s Seattle Times had an interesting article by Janet I. Tu, “‘New normal’ Food banks much busier, despite better economy” that talks about the increasing number of visits to local food banks. While a lot of people think the economy has mostly recovered during last few years, this article provides some alarming statistics including: “In the Seattle area, some food…

  • Growing & Giving in the Community,  Growing Tips

    Making Compost is Simple? Not!

    Making compost is simple: vegetable waste + water+ heat = rot and (eventually) soil. The tricky part comes when we realize that what we put into the compost doesn’t always rot into something that’s healthy. ( School compost programs should think carefully about how to compost: see for example compost.css.cornell.edu/faq.html for examples of ways that compost can become a problem.)…

  • Growing Tips

    Where, Oh Where to plant the kale?

    Planning Garden Beds: Oh, Where Oh, Where to Plant: I like talking with neighbors about their plants — I like the sense of community, and it gives me a chance to prevent problems in my own garden. Recently, a neighbor was telling me about club root in her garden. Since I don’t want club root in my garden, her story…

  • Growing & Giving in the Community

    Food and Faith Programs

    We’ve met involved gardeners with the food and faith initiative these last couple of years. Sometimes the folks are growing food for the public food banks, sometimes supporting their own kitchen-based feeding programs. More information about the these groups (and resources for starting or for maintaining your own) can be found on Seattle Tilth’s site. The Food and Faith Initiative…

  • Donations,  p-patch

    GROW provides fiscal sponsorship for SGGN

    GROW (formerly the P-patch trust) has served as a fiscal sponsor for SGGN. We are so grateful for this help. (Accounting n’ stuff isn’t our strongest suit: we’re gardeners at heart. So GROW’s help has been very welcome.) Want to know more about them? Start with the Seattle Foundation’s review. Want to donate? Funds should be sent to the P…

  • Growing Tips

    Saving Vegetable Seeds

    While doing the last of the fall clean-up (pulling down vines and pulling out old plants for the compost bin) I am finding “mature” heirlooms (they’ve set seed!) What to do? Photo: red chard gone to seed; onion seed head (white star-shape in center.) 1. Pea and bean: harvest dried pods from plants (or pull them off and dry indoors…

  • Growing & Giving in the Community,  p-patch

    Theft from P-Patches

    Safety, Vandalism, Theft in the Garden  was recently shared online by P-Patch@talk2.seattle.gov which hosted a very active discussion by gardeners about theft of veggies: carefully nurtured tomatoes, carrots, and fennel bulbs being some of what was stolen; also anything copper or brass (useful for recyclers), themometers, ladders, and gardening tools.  Gardeners shared strategies: physical barriers (a short two foot fence; planting the desirable…

  • Growing Tips

    El Nino and planting fall/winter crops

    After this unusually warm summer, my gardening partners at our Giving Garden plot have been wondering how long the warm weather is going to last. While I usually plant a crop of lettuces, chard, kale and collards for the fall, I haven’t had much success growing year round. This year might be different though thanks to El Nino! Cliff Mass,…

  • Growing Tips

    Preventing Problems from pests

    Believe me: I’ve had ample opportunity to test advice about pests in the last couple of years. First: be cautious: even if some things are considered “organic” they aren’t necessarily ok for frogs or fish populations.  And some proposed solutions (such as those involving tanglefoot products) kill all insects including beneficial insects that control problem insects. 1. Start out right:  grow in soil…

  • Growing Tips

    Too late for Autumn starts?

    South Park’s greenhouse usually hands out garden starts to our food bank clients in September. (These have been chards, kales, winter lettuces and herbs to grow on a windowsill). This year, because of the heat & water challenges I’ve deferred beginning these until August 2. I know that I’ll need to have these as big as possible before the cold…

  • Growing Tips

    Planting quantity verse harvest quantity

    Ever wonder how much produce your plot will produce when you plant seeds or seedlings? Diane Brooks from Delridge Giving Gardens sent us the results from their garden last year. Here’s some numbers from Delridge P-Patch Giving Garden that might help new gardens understand what they can expect from their plantings. The list is the plant, start or seed quantity…

  • Featured Story,  SGGN Sprouts

    SGGN Sprouts – Learn about our greenhouses!

    Each February, community volunteers refresh their seed-sowing skills and begin planting lettuces, kales, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetable varieties that grow well in Seattle. As successions of seeds are sown in the greenhouses, winter blankets of burlap and leaves are removed from Giving Gardens in the city’s P-Patches. Starts continue to leave the greenhouse through late May and are…