Gardening Resources

Resources

A few sites that offer resources for gardeners in the Pacific NW and beyond:

Edibles

Seattle Tilth: A non-profit based in Seattle that offers classes and information on how to grow your own food sustainably. They also sponsor a plant helpline for individual help on garden issues.

City Fruit : A Seattle non-profit that promotes the gleaning of urban fruit and education for local fruit growers. Check the resources page for tutorials on planting fruit trees, pests etc.

Bellingham Food Bank’s Garden Project: Not only do they offer great volunteer opportunities for local gardeners who want to give back, they also have a really wonderful growing guide for local Whatcom County Growers

Ornamentals

Great Plant Picks: A website dedicated to educating the public on plants that thrive in Pacific Northwest gardens, a fabulous resource for both beginning gardeners and old hands.

Elizabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library: Yes, Virginia there is a library just for gardeners. And it’s a great place to visit whenever you’re in Seattle. Even if you aren’t in the area, you can utilize their plant answer line and gardening answers knowledgebase for help with gardening questions.

Natives

Washington Native Plant Society : A 35 year-old institution that focuses on native plant conservation and advocacy. If you’re looking to I.D. some plants on your next hike, take a look at their native plant lists which cover hundreds of trails across the state. They also have suggestions for folks that want to grow natives in their backyard.

Seeds

Territorial Seed Company : Founded by garden author and entrepreneur Steve Solomon, they were one of the first to offer seeds cultivated specifically for the rainy NW. Besides ordering seeds you might want to peruse their growing guides, or pick up one of their catalogs which also have a great deal of good advice.

Renee’s Garden Seeds: Wonderful heirloom and hard to find varieties as well as garden classics. The gardening help page hosts a wealth of information.

Uprising Seeds: Organic seed company out of Bellingham. They’ve listed some of their favorite healthy recipes on the site as well.

Irish Eyes Garden Seeds: I’ve used their seed potatoes for several years now. I’m particularly fond of their Russian banana variety. Their site also gives you the lowdown on potato growing as well as other crops.

 

 

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