by Jen DrakeWednesday, May 13th, 2009
This past Saturday in Tacoma was stunningly beautiful; I felt like I walked out of my house and into a magical fairytale of childhood imaginings. The trees were glowing with their vibrant blooming colors, ornamental bushes flamed their colors proudly, and I drove past block after block, slowly staring at people’s decadent lawns, sprayed with nature’s color. This coming Saturday, May 16, is filled with forums to get you out gardening in our local Tacoma area.
Community Gardens apparently are the new cool rage in Tacoma. This Saturday alone, there are four events going on that you need to check out:
Bill Rigsby, a Pierce County Master Gardener, will be demonstrating how to construct a squarefoot garden space May 16, 2009 starting 10 a.m. at the Puyallup Community Garden.
Square foot gardening is a new innovative way to garden efficiently while using less space, less water, yet producing more growth. The demonstration is designed to benefit both beginners and experienced gardeners.
The demonstration will be held at the Puyallup Community Garden located at Brown’s Park, 1111 19th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA and will begin at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 16. The demonstration is FREE.
READ THE BOOK. TASTE THE RECIPES.
Saturday, May 16 @ 11 a.m.
Proctor Farmers’ Market
North 27th Street @ Proctor
Join us at the wonderful Proctor Farmers’ Market as local chefs cook and share recipes from Barabara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle!”
CONTAINER GARDENING: A ‘get your hands dirty’ workshop.
Saturday, May 16 @ 11 a.m. | Swasey Library
Saturday, May 16 @ 3 p.m.. | Kobetich Library
Free, but advanced registration required. Telephone 253.591-5666 or register online with our website’s online calendar.
Container gardening allows you to enjoy vegetables and herbs in areas where a traditional garden is awkward or impossible. Even with limited space in an urban apartment, you can grow fruits, vegetables and herbs just about anywhere.. Join us and make your own salad garden to take home with you. We will provide everything you need. Sponsored by TAGRO & GrowLocalTacoma.com
A BACKYARD VEGETABLE GARDEN PRIMER
Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library
What is more local than your own backyard? Join us and learn the nuts and bolts (or seedlings and worms) of creating your own organic raised-bed backyard vegetable garden. We will discuss site preparation, bed building, dirt, watering, plant choices, seasonal gardening, and lots more. You will leave with a ‘what to do when’ list that will get your gardening adventure off to a great start. Sponsored by Washington State University’s Cooperative Extension and the Pierce Conservation District.
In these economic hard times, growing a garden is a smart thing; second to financial savings is growing local and organic for environmental purposes. Check out this Saturday’s gardening events to grow green, and get your hands a little bit dirty.