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The Growing Pains Of Planting With Community Sunny Gardens In Burien
September 21st, 2022
By Vicki Krage, Director of Operations at Sunrise Financial Services & Sunny Gardens Volunteer.Let's be honest. The fun part about gardening is picking out the plants and shopping for them. However, putting in the hard work of planning ahead of time makes all the difference; when it comes to our gardens, the better we plan, the better our plantings and harvests turn out.Each season that passes at ...
Friends In the Garden – A Three-Part Series
September 13th, 2022
By Marie Jones.                 One of the wonderful things about gardening is meeting friends who share your love of the same hobby. I am blessed to have several friends that enjoy gardening, and I'd like to introduce three of them to you over the next few weeks.Today I'll start with Annie, who's had a love for gardening since she was a young girl. Her early interest came by way of her dad, who p...
Wild Arugula - A Sacred Weed
September 3rd, 2022
By Beth Barrett.Meandering through the many produce booths at the West Seattle Farmers Market several years ago, my husband abruptly halted at a stall full of young vegetable and flower “starts”. “Look,” he exclaimed, pointing to some small plants in the far corner, “wild arugula starts. Let’s get them!” Somewhat dubious, I consented to the purchase, and we brought home three plants in four-inch p...
Glorious August Garden In Full Bloom
August 23rd, 2022
By Veronique Hval.A deliciously sweet fragrance is floating in the air as the month of August is unfolding around our little corner of Puget Sound. The garden is now in full exuberance with its massive explosion of colors & textures. One of my favorite borders is along the front of the house with its colossal hydrangeas where whites & creams are mixing with deep shades of blues and purples. Each F...
Local Gardener Extraordinaire
August 10th, 2022
By Beth Barrett, Photos by Marie Jones Keith Wilson local gardener extraordinaire   Sometimes our childhood settings shape our future. For Burien resident, Keith Wilson, that place was a multi-generational farm in Illinois In1818, his fourth great-grandfather settled on the farm, 1,000 acres of virgin forest and prairie ground, acquired through a federal land-grant.Both of his grandmothers were pa...
Community Gardening: A Great Way To Get Involved Locally and Meet New Friends
July 28th, 2022
By Marie Jones Art, produce and flowers from the Burien B-Patch Garden.The art is made from plastic bottle caps.Burien and surrounding neighborhoods have several excellent community gardens. Some are newer, while others have been in operation for several years.  For those of you not familiar with this concept, here is a brief explanation of what’s involved.Often called P-Patch gardens, the origina...
Sunny Gardens - Growing Pains, Watering
June 21st, 2022
By Vicki Krage, Director of Operations at Sunrise Financial Services & Sunny Gardens Volunteer There is something attractively simplistic and also deeply complicated when it comes to vegetable gardening. Plant a seed, water it, it grows. Simple, right? Yes, but…plant a seed in soil with the proper nutrients, next to a companion it partners well with, give it quality food, water it the right amount...
Urban Farming: Sunny Gardens
June 11th, 2022
By Vicki Krage, Director of Operations at Sunrise Financial Services and Sunny Gardens Volunteer When Sunrise Financial Services moved into our new location in the old Southwest Suburban Sewer District building at the end of 2018, the team was too busy settling in to take notice of the empty, unused acre at the back of the property. We didn’t have a plan for it, and really didn’t give it much thou...
At Home in my Burien Garden
June 1st, 2022
By Veronique Hval: Spring is one of the most exciting seasons in our local gardens. After the initial timid buds & blooms of late winter, there comes a rush of colors & energy shooting from everywhere! Intermittent showers, snowflakes, pre-summer weather & a mix of cold & warm weather remind me of an expectant  mother ready to give birth. The bare ground, nude trunks & dormant perennials of March-...