Urban Gardening in Seattle

Seattle holds claim as one of the top 10 cities in the US for urban gardening. What began as a city sanctioned phenomenon in the 1980’s, has spread a long way. From community shared plots to apartment balconies, Seattle has embraced the movement, bringing people together and veggies closer to home.

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Without a backyard or a practiced green thumb, starting your own garden can be quite daunting, so we’ve gathered together some tips on getting started and maximizing what our Northwest climate has to offer.

Seattle’s Top Edibles

  • Snap Peas: if you missed the March plant, you can lay your seeds in early July and count on a tasty Fall harvest. Home-sown peas will generally last longer than store bought.
  • Basil: Fresh herbs are expensive at the local market, so why not grow your own?! In June, as the soil warms up, buy young plants or sow your own seeds. This aromatic herb will soothe the soul and add oomph to pizza, pasta and desert!
  • Greens: Arugula, cabbage, kale and endive are some of the easiest and highest yielding plants to grow in Seattle. Raised beds are best for growing these leafy treats, as pooling water can ruin your plants, so you can feel confident that your balcony or terrace is up to task.
  • Rosemary: This lovely evergreen has many culinary uses ranging from roast chicken to lemonade, and can be grown quite easily in Washington. Purchase nursery born plants and some well draining pots and you can be sure of a bountiful summer. Rosemary also makes for fantastic homegrown incense.

Come winter time, your responsibilities in the garden should dwindle and we can keep you organized and ready for the Spring. Storrage can hold your containers, gardening gloves, small tools, watering cans and more! With the help of our app, you can take photos of all your supplies so you don’t lose track of your things in the off season.

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