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.
Gardening all winter long; classes in Spanish (Español) & English
No need to toss in the trowel – get inspiration and information at upcoming gardening workshops in Renton with talented local gardeners!
CLASSES ARE FREE! ENTER TO WIN PRIZES!
Refreshments provided and all classes are held at:
Highlands Neighborhood Center
800 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
To register, please visit cybersignup.org or call 425-430-7391
Naked Lawn Care • Monday, Oct. 21
Grow your lawn au naturel! Join Marianne Binetti, local gardening columnist, author, radio and TV host as she covers techniques to reduce your use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Marianne will teach dirt-cheap tricks to save money and grow a lush, green lawn and garden with less mowing and fertilizing. Learn correct watering and feeding practices, and which products to use to make your lawn a safe and natural habitat where children, pets, wildlife and you can live and play. Course #52663
Compost: The Wonder Mulch • Monday, Oct. 28
Healthy soil is the secret to a healthy garden! Susan Thoman of Cedar Grove Compost will teach the many applications and benefits of compost, such as erosion control, plant health, and increased food yield. Learn the fundamentals of starting a home composting system or using your curbside compost bin to recycle kitchen and garden “waste.” Susan will discuss how and when to apply compost to your lawn and garden to benefit your plants, soil, and the friendly critters who help your garden grow. Course #52664
Easy Peasy Edibles • Monday, Nov. 4
Are you hungry? Plant once and enjoy the harvest for years to come. Learn about must-have perennial edibles and sustainable design to grow a low-maintenance edible landscape. Award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist Jessi Bloom is a Timber Press author and owner of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes. Tonight Jessi will help you discover new Easy Peasy Edibles to bring diversity to your landscape and your diet. Course #52665
Safe and Healthy Edible Gardening • Monday, Nov. 18
Interested in edible gardening? Be sure that the site, soil, and containers you use are safe for growing food. This workshop, taught by Laura Matter of the Garden Hotline, will teach you how to choose safe materials for building raised beds, determine how healthy your soil is, when to test your soil for toxins, and gauge which sites in your garden are most suited to grow food. The Garden Hotline is a program that offers free advice to gardeners and landscapers, and Laura brings over thirty years of professional horticultural and gardening experience to this evening’s presentation. We hope to see you there! Course #52666
Find upcoming collections and permanent disposal sites in your neighborhood
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Sammamish.
From Aug. 9-11, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents can drop off household hazardous waste items including pesticides, oil-based paints, automotive products (oil, antifreeze, auto batteries, etc.), fluorescent bulbs/tubes and other items without a charge. The service is pre-paid through garbage and sewer utility fees.
The Wastemobile goes to Renton next. Following its stop in Sammamish, the Wastemobile will travel to Renton for a household hazardous waste collection event Aug. 23-25 in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 365 Renton Center Way.
About the Wastemobile. Created in 1989, the Wastemobile was the first traveling hazardous waste disposal program in the nation. It is operated by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program partner, the King County Solid Waste Division, and goes throughout the county from the spring through fall.
Residents help safeguard the environment and public health by properly disposing of these hazardous materials and keeping them out of drains and landfills. During the last 24 years, the Wastemobile has collected more than 16,000 tons of hazardous household waste from 450,000 customers.
The Wastemobile also provides free reusable products to the public, such as oil-based paint, stain and primer, plus wood care and cleaning products. These products are subject to availability, and residents sign a release form prior to receiving the materials.
More disposal solutions: Visit the permanent collection site. For south King County residents, a convenient alternative to the Wastemobile is the household hazardous waste collection site in the northwest parking lot of The Outlet Collection (formerly the Auburn SuperMall), 1101 SuperMall Way, near Sports Authority. It operates every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about disposal, including acceptable materials and quantity limits, call the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., except holidays. Recorded information is available after hours, or by visiting the Wastemobile website at www.HazWasteHelp.org.
The Wastemobile is one of the services provided by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of more than 40 city, county and tribal governments in King County working together to reduce threats posed from hazardous materials and wastes.