One of the great things about the Greater Seattle Area is the beautiful blend you get between the city and the great outdoors. Which is why it comes as no surprise that many of us are excited about the idea of bringing some of that nature a little closer to us by growing our own herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Luckily, having a green thumb in the city has never been easier.
Join a P-Patch to start your own garden
Growing your own fruits and veggies can be a bit tricky if you’re renting or don’t have much yard space. To solve for this, Seattle has P-Patches such as Marra Farms, in tons of zip codes across the area. If you’re not familiar with the idea, this program allow you to sign-up for a plot within a community garden. Not only do these allow you the space to grow to your heart’s content, but they also help form a community that works together to maintain a beautiful space. Find a p-patch in Seattle
Start a windowsill garden
If you live in the city, you’ve probably already thought about utilizing your windowsill for some fresh herbs, but may not know where to start. From personal experience, I can attest that there are some herbs and spices that are easier than others. If you’re just starting out and have a moderate amount of sunlight hitting your window, here are some great ones to try: Cilantro, mint, parsley, lemon thyme, or other varieties of thyme and mint. These herbs are great to have on hand from spring until fall for cocktails as well as cooking. If you’ve got a lot of sun to play with, try some others such as: Basil, oregano, and rosemary.
Skip the shovel and just enjoy the fruits (literally)
Let’s be real, sometimes the idea of gardening sounds better than the actual execution. I’ve definitely had the experience of despite my best efforts, still ending up with plants that just didn’t turn out as bountiful as I’d hoped. Luckily, this area is also full of amazing farms that are more than happy to share the fruits of their labor. From about June to September, there are countless goodies you can go and pick yourself from participating vendors. From cherries to pumpkins, you can still satisfy that green thumb without the trouble of digging in the dirt. Find a u-pick farm near Seattle
If you’re not sure you want to sign up for your own p-patch yet, or are looking to meet new people while you spend time in nature, consider trying one of our upcoming volunteer events or check out one of our many nonprofit partners. Many of our partners work to support the nutritional needs of our community through sustainable farming, or by addressing the environmental and nutritional issues that face our community.
Mariah Acuff, Blog Manager