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Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest begins today

March 7th, 2016 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s prized compost is up for lottery beginning today through its Spring Fecal Fest. Zoo Doo is only available this year in amounts of 5, 32 and 50 gallons; no truckloads because of a limited supply. However, Bedspread (composted mulch that consists of Zoo Doo, sawdust and wood chips) is still available by the truckload, as well as the smaller amounts.

Pick up where the animals left off. Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, tapirs and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.

Dr. Doo’s private reserve of Worm Doo, usually reserved just for the zoo’s greenhouse, will also be sold this spring. Worm Doo is worm castings made from Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoo Doo compost and zoo coffee grounds. It is an exceptional rich soil and microbial diverse soil amendment recommended for seedlings, potted plants or in the garden. It’s been pooped once by exotic herbivores and pooped again by compost loving worms.

Worm Doo will be sold in pint sized containers at the ZooStores for $10 starting March 7. There will be a limited supply so get it while it lasts.

Zoo Doo: 5 gallons $5; 10 gallons $10; 25 gallons $20; 50 gallons $35. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. No truckloads. Pint-sized buckets are available at the ZooStore for $4.95.

Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $50; 6×3 bed: $40. Winners can get up to two full truckloads per person.

For the chance to purchase Bedspread or Zoo Doo, fill out the online form today through March 29 (only one entry per person for each drawing). Entries will be selected randomly; only entries selected will be contacted. No phone or mail orders. Pickup dates are April 9 – May 1.

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Share favorite edible seeds at Seed Homecoming at Friday Farmers Market

September 22nd, 2015 by Doree

The King County Seed Lending Library is hosting what it calls a “seed homecoming” during this Friday’s final Phinney Farmers Market of the season.

Do you save seeds from your favorite vegetables? Many gardeners do, so they can grow them again the next year. Seed-saving also gives you a more locally acclimated version of your plant, which could produce better or come ripe earlier.

If you’re saving seeds this year, how about sharing some with the King County Seed Lending Library? The library will be hosting a “Seed Homecoming” on Friday, Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m., at the Phinney Farmers Market at the PNA.

At the event, librarians will accept fresh homegrown seeds from vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. All donations should be labeled with the variety.

Library volunteers will demonstrate how to save and winnow seeds, and will show the results of germination testing that is being done on some of the library’s holdings. The library is hosted by the Phinney Neighborhood Association in its Tool Lending Library, and is free and accessible during tool library hours.

If you want to try saving seeds but are unsure how to do it, visit the library’s website, www.kingcoseed.org, for instructions and links.

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Community meeting & potluck Sunday to start designing renovation of Evanston P-Patch

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

Friends of the Evanston P-Patch recently received a $25,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to renovate the community garden at 604 N. 101st St. (between Evanston and Fremont avenues).

Established in 1974, it is the second oldest community garden in Seattle, with about 75 P-Patch plots in 11,600-square-feet of space. Several of the plots benefit local food banks.

Neighbors are invited to a community meeting and potluck at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 26, at the P-Patch, to meet with Barker Landscape Architects as they gather input from the community. Top Pot Doughnuts will provide treats, and Barker will conduct an interactive design game.

A second public meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, to review design concepts. The third meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, to review final designs. All meetings are in the garden.

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Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest begins Monday

March 6th, 2015 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s highly anticipated Spring Fecal Fest begins on Monday, giving gardeners the opportunity to purchase prized compost made from zoo animal droppings. Entries are accepted from March 9-29, with pick-up from April 11 through May 3.

Pick up where the animals left off. Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.

Due to a limited supply, Zoo Doo will be available in 5, 32 and 50 gallons only with a maximum of 100 gallons per recipient. Unfortunately, truck loads are not available this spring.

The good news is that Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, will be available by the truck load. Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Since this special fertilizer is limited, you have to enter a lottery for the chance to purchase. Online entry forms will be available beginning on Monday. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing (there are separate drawings for Zoo Doo and Bedspread). Entries will be selected randomly and only selected entries will be contacted. Phone and mail orders are not accepted.

Zoo Doo steaming with vent tubes Ryan Hawk-resized

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Prices for Zoo Doo: 5 gallons – $5; 10 gallons – $10; 25 gallons – $15; 50 gallons – $20. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. No truckloads. Pint-sized buckets are available at the ZooStore for $4.95.

Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed – $60; 6×4 bed – 50; 6×3 bed -$40. Winners can get up to two full truckloads per person.

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Zoo’s Fall Fecal Fest begins in 4 days

August 14th, 2014 by Doree

Beginning Monday, local gardeners can enter for the chance to win some of Woodland Park Zoo’s prized Zoo Doo during its Fall Fecal Fest. Entries for the lottery drawing will be accepted from Aug. 18-Sept. 7.

Zoo Doo steaming with vent tubes Ryan Hawk-resized

Pick up where the animals left off. Zoo Doo is the richest, most prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, Zoo Doo is perfect to grow your veggies and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips. Bedspread is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Entries are only accepted online. Dr. Doo will notify winners only after Sept. 7. Pick-up dates are Sept. 20 through Oct. 2. Winners must load their own compost.

Prices for either Zoo Doo or Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed – $60; 6×4 bed – $45; 6×3 bed – $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 – $10 depending on size; bags: $4 – $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

For more information, call 206-625-POOP or visit the zoo’s website.

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Wallingford greenhouse group looking for new place to grow veggie starts for giving gardens

January 29th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The group has found a greenhouse space in U-Village.

Earlier: A group of volunteers has recently lost its use of a greenhouse in Wallingford, where they grew vegetable starts for P-Patch gardeners to grow food to donate to local food banks.

The six-year-old group is looking for a greenhouse space anywhere north of the Ship Canal, from east Ballard to Wallingford, up to about 85th Street.

If you have a greenhouse, or space where one can be constructed, email Agnes at agnes.p.cwalina@gmail.com.

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Greenwood P-Patch redesign meeting is tonight

May 28th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood P-Patch Steering Committee is meeting tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library to discuss the redesign of the Greenwood P-Patch at 345 NW 88th St. Two more workshops will follow on June 27 and July 23. The steering committee is working with Higbee Design Collaborative to redesign the P-patch.

Tonight’s meeting is from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. All are welcome.

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2 free community garden plots left at Harbor Church

March 27th, 2013 by Doree

Harbor Church, on the corner of NW 92nd Street and 11th Avenue NW, has two spots open in its free community garden.

For more information, contact Jana Koh, Minister of Outreach and Family Ministries, at jana.koh@gmail.com or call 206-414-5022.

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Community garden plots available at Luther Memorial Church in Broadview

March 25th, 2013 by Doree

Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N., has free community garden plots available.

Plots have been freshly tilled and turned and there are still some remaining. Gardening tools of the trade are provided for your use or you can bring your own. For information, email garden@luthermemorialseattle.com or call 206-364-2510. Information is also available online at www.luthermemorialseattle.com.

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