A David Bowie Tribute Garden
Oh yes we did. When our awesome music loving clients requested a David Bowie lightening bolt for their garden pathway, we made it happen. The pathway is made from two different colors of flagstone, with a gravel pathway leading along the edges of the property around the raingarden, and through the front gate.
The raingarden, which will be rebated through the Rainwise Program, was heavy and full after a huge amount of rain the previous day. We built the fence to create a dog run area, and decided to run an arborduct to conceal the raingarden duct work. This arborduct is one of our favorites, as it provides complete coverage for the pipes running from the house into the raingarden.
Through the gate we created a gravel dog run. It contains dog friendly plants including salmonberry, thimbleberry, and a strawberry tree. This makes the poop easy to clean up, and keeps the grassy area behind the house clean for the kids.
The raised beds were constructed out of cut alder logs. Logs are a sturdy and long lasting way to create a nice uniform visual in your garden, and a great place to sit while planting, weeding, or simply enjoying the space. The other areas, including the rockery in the front of the home, contain native plants that will create a pollinator habitat which will be friendly to the birds and the bees once the plants mature.
A Marvelous Makeover
By doing this, we were able to take advantage of the natural slope of the yard in order to create better drainage to street level. This slope will also assist in retaining moisture for the plants as it moves through the subsurface and into the water table.
The water from the roof is now being captured by a cistern which is connected to the side sewer, while also outflowing through a raingarden along the side of the property. This keeps rainwater from overflowing into Lake Washington and the Puget Sound during the wet months, and will provide a great way for the owner to water her new landscape during the summertime.
Soon we will be installing a lovely variety of native and edible plant varieties including echinacea, sage, lupine, rosemary, lavender, red flowering currant, nodding onion, bunchberry, and many more! Stay tuned as we continue our work on this project. More photos to come!
Tilth Plant Sale
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello and hold chickens at the Spring Tilth Plant Sale at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. It was a wild weather day, but we had a great time! Jake and Lola were also featured in an upcoming segment on the Seattle Channel. Stay tuned for more information!
CHEW ON THIS: Growing Food in a Growing Region
Join us in Pioneer Square for a conversation with a family farmer, an agrihood manager and an edible yard landscaper about growing food, preserving land in small spaces and building community in our fast growing region.
Friday, March 18, 5 --7 PM, at Gridiron
510 Occidental Ave South, First Floor, Seattle (map)
5 PM--Hors d'oeuvres & refreshments served
5:30 PM--Program begins
Maria Anderson, Farm Manager Elk Run Farm in Maple Valley. Elk Run Farm is situated in the middle of a development, this agrihood grows produce for the food banks of South King County.
Branden Born, Associate Professor in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Born studies how policy decisions and land use effect food systems in our region.
Jake Harris, Founder and President of Stone Soup Gardens in Seattle. Stone Soup Garden is an edible landscaping company specializing in beautiful sustainable gardens, connecting folks to their environment and their food.
Tristan Klesick, Founder and President of Klesick Family Farm in Stanwood. Klesick Family Farm is committed to growing and delivering good food to the families they serve, providing good value to the farmers they support, and sharing good news about the benefits of organic farming with the community.
Moderated by Lindsay Fromme Hanna, Forterra’s Policy Program Manager.
Plant Sale & Per order chick sale pick up
Saturday, March 5th, 10 am - 4
5133 S Director St
Seattle, WA 98118
The birds are excited to bring the joy of chickens to the Seattle farm coop chick sale tommorrow!! We will be debuting our new bike wheel enclosure, selling blueberries, espalier fruit trees, and other unique edibles. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 5, 10 am - 2 pm
KCD offices, 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton
Stop by the KCD Native Plant Sale & Community Fair on Saturday, March 5 from 10 am to 2 pm at 1107 SW Grady, Renton and talk to Stone Soup Gardens.
Stone Soup Gardens is a full service edible landscaping company specializing in beautiful sustainable gardens, connecting folks to their environment and their food. They proudly placed 4th in SPU's 2015 ranking of contractors with the most cistern and rain garden installations, helping clients make the most of the RainWise rebate program and protecting Puget Sound!
Their mobile chicken coop pops up around the city from time to time, providing a hands-on educational experience in the more fowl aspects of permaculture. Check out our Education Page for more upcoming Stone Soup Garden community events!
Together we'll grow a more sustainable future!
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