Seattle gardens http://www.kplu.org en 'Cropswap' website takes barter between home gardeners online http://www.kplu.org/post/cropswap-website-takes-barter-between-home-gardeners-online <p>What do you do when you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or lettuce?&nbsp;Or flower bulbs that have multiplied like rabbits? Many people give their extras away.&nbsp;And in the down economy, more and more hobby gardeners are trading their bounty at swap meets.&nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://www.cropswap.me/want.php?z=98121">new website</a> from a team in Seattle and Tacoma makes those transactions easier.</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:00:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6192 at http://www.kplu.org 'Cropswap' website takes barter between home gardeners online Part science, part art, pollinator pathway connects Seattle green spaces http://www.kplu.org/post/part-science-part-art-pollinator-pathway-connects-seattle-green-spaces When we think about improving urban food systems, we tend think about growing more vegetables — densely planted backyard plots and community gardens, with tiny tomatoes ripening in the sun. But according to some experts, we should start thinking smaller — way smaller — as in bugs.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/index.shtml" target="_blank">United States Forest Service</a>, over 80 percent of flowering plants depend on an animal to help them pollinate. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 18:24:56 +0000 5546 at http://www.kplu.org Part science, part art, pollinator pathway connects Seattle green spaces Seattle's 'UpGarden' P-Patch takes community gardening to new heights http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-upgarden-p-patch-takes-community-gardening-new-heights <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: 38px; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.917969); ">It&rsquo;s a first-of-its-kind in Seattle and perhaps even the country. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:47:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5178 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's 'UpGarden' P-Patch takes community gardening to new heights Seattle celebrates composting with 'big dig' for treasure http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-celebrates-composting-big-dig-treasure <p>Food and yard waste make up more than a third of Seattle&rsquo;s waste stream. Much of that used to go into the trash, but now it&rsquo;s being composted.</p><p>Since 2009, the city has been providing weekly pick up of organic waste. Last year it dramatically increased the kinds of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Yard/Yard_Waste_Collection/index.asp">things allowed in municipal compost bins</a>, to include meats and dairy products. Seattle residents composted 125,000 tons of food and yard waste last year. That represents a big shift over the past decade or so.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 22:00:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4634 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle celebrates composting with 'big dig' for treasure Artistic passions on display at the NW Flower and Garden Show http://www.kplu.org/post/artistic-passions-display-nw-flower-and-garden-show <p>It&rsquo;s been sunny and fair lately&hellip;but what do you do when the dark and cloudy skies of late winter get you down?<br />&nbsp;<br />For many people in the Pacific Northwest, the answer is gardening.<br />&nbsp;<br />Their passion is on display this week at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.<br />&nbsp;<br />KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp went to check it out. (Click on the &quot;Listen&quot; button up top to hear some highlights from the preview tour.)<br />&nbsp; Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:47:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4086 at http://www.kplu.org Artistic passions on display at the NW Flower and Garden Show Blind in Seattle take strolls in a (nearly) secret garden http://www.kplu.org/post/blind-seattle-take-strolls-nearly-secret-garden <p>At Ethel L. Dupar&rsquo;s Fragrant Garden a collection of plants is growing for visitors to experience through smell and touch, senses that usually come second to our primarily visual take on plants. The garden is a part of Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit serving Seattle&rsquo;s blind community.</p><p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:33:14 +0000 Erik Neumann 2641 at http://www.kplu.org Blind in Seattle take strolls in a (nearly) secret garden