Is this the right time to plant tomatoes? Where can I find good soil for my raised beds? How can I win my battle with slugs?
Home gardeners and landscape professionals can get expert advice by calling the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224, Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Want to take a class, come to an event or watch a video? Or do you prefer to email your questions? Visit www.GardenHotline.org
Helpful staff offer advice managing plant pests, encouraging helpful insects, reducing water use, managing rain water, planting for wildlife, building soil, mulching, chemical-free gardening, natural lawn care and much more.
Would you rather let others do the work for you? Find an environmentally responsible landscaper by searching the database at www.EnviroStars.org
Let us help you have a happy spring season!
From gardening without space to exploring red wiggler worms, have hands-on fun while learning how to garden the natural way in these free classes at Highlands Neighborhood Center on 800 Edmonds Ave NE in Renton in September and October, 2015. Though there is no cost, please register.
Fall Gardening for Spring Beauty
Wednesday, September 23, 7 – 8:45PM
- Prepare your garden now and save yourself time next year. Lean how to build healthy soils, proper weeding techniques, how to prune and more.
Secrets to Companion Planting
Wednesday, September 30, 7 – 8:45PM
- Discover which plants grow best together to improve your garden’s health rather than competing for resources.
Worms on Wheels for Kids
Saturday, October 10, 10:30AM – 12:30PM
- Explore composting and the importance of worms with Seattle Tilth’s Worms on Wheels!
Vertical Gardening: Up, Up & Out of the Way!
Saturday, October 10, 10:45AM – 12:30PM
- No yard or little space? Find out how to grow vertical gardens with vegetables, fruits and flowers that thrive in our climate and take little soil.
Classes sponsored by the City of Renton and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.
Register for these free Natural Yard Care classes:
- Herbs, Herbs & More Herbs – Wednesday, October 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener Joan Helbacka for a discussion on the many uses of herbs and those that thrive in our area. Course #54582
- Saving Seeds Successfully – Saturday, October 25, 10-11:30 a.m. King County Seed Lending Library director Caitlin Moore will discuss harvesting and cleaning of seeds and how to plant the right veggies, herbs and flowers for your site to achieve the best results. Course #54583
- Bugs: Friend or Foe? – Wednesday, October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Laura Matter from the Garden Hotline will share tips that will help your garden flourish without reliance on chemicals that not only endanger people and pets but beneficial insects and wildlife! Course #54584
- Food Forests for the Home Garden – Monday, November 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom will share basic permaculture and food forest design concepts borrowed from nature that will help you plant and enjoy your edible landscape for years. Course #54585
Sponsored by the City of Renton Solid Waste Utility with funding from Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.
New app lists 1,000-plus lawn and garden chemicals, offers natural gardening tips
Now there is an easy way for consumers throughout the Pacific Northwest to make smart choices in lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets and the environment: The free Grow Smart, Grow Safe® app.
Products available in area stores are rated low, medium or high hazard to help shoppers make smart choices. Take this tool to the store or out to the garage and find out how your favorite lawn and garden products rate. The app even offers great tips on gardening without pesticides. Download for free at the iTunes App Store.
The app was created by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County; Portland Metro; and Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, to provide reliable, science-based information to all consumers.
Grow Smart, Grow Safe® uses science-based research to rate pesticide safety. Products listed in Grow Smart, Grow Safe® are commonly available at many retail outlets, and are registered for home use by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. It’s also been approved for use by Washington and Oregon Master Gardeners.
The new app is an offshoot of a publication that was first published in 1998 by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program; it is now available at www.growsmartgrowsafe.org.
More information is available from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County at 206-263-3050.