Gardening

What You Can Do
  • Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign invites gardeners to add a row to their gardens and donate the vegetables from it to local food banks.
  • Grow an Environmentally-Friendly Garden.  
    See "Gardening" under under the Environment topic. 
  • Offer to plow or till gardens for others in the spring (possibly for a small fee). 

  • Need advice from an expert about gardening or plants?  Call or visit Spokane County's WSU Master Gardeners program.  This program is staffed by trained volunteers who provide research-based and localized answers to questions about any plant.  Advice is FREE.  Click on their page below

  • Have your soil tested.  Obtain a soil sample bag from a reputable source, to test for Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), pH and organic matter.  The cost of a soil test may range from $30-$50.  In Spokane, contact Spokane Conservation District Soil Scientist Eric Choker, (509) 535-7274, ext. 18, or email him at eric-choker@sccd.org. 

  • Real Food Spokane.  Learn about gardening, nutrition, farmers markets, and ways you can get involved in making fresh, local food available to area residents and institutions.  For more information, contact
    Natalie Tauzin
    Spokane Regional Health District
    Food Access Coalition
    (509) 324-1659
    Email:  ntauzin@spokanecounty.org

  • Start a Seed Lending Library.  There are at least 60 seed lending libraries in 23 states, as of 2013.  It is simple, and free.  If you have seeds, you can grow your own healthy food and feed yourself. 

    The basic is idea is that you plant heirloom seeds.  Let some of the plants go to seed and harvest those seeds to plant the following season.  Home gardeners can save seeds from their tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and peppers plants.  Then, return some of these saved seeds to the library for others to borrow the next season, for free. 

    Inquire about placing a seed lending library in our public libraries.   The seeds can be stored inside the drawers of an old-fashioned library card catalog. 

    Find master gardeners to teach free classes on organic gardening and seed saving.   Of course, you can also borrow books from the public library on these topics.   http://www.richmondgrowsseeds.org/  “Seed Libraries Help Future Crops,” Diana Alvear, NBC Nightly News, by Brian Williams, March 22, 2013

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