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Request a Newsletter: Contact Kim Kendall, email@example.com, if you'd like to be on the Mercer Island Urban Farming Database and would like to be on our Network's email list to receive a periodic Newsletter, or if you'd like a copy of the latest edition.
Urban Farming Network Tour in September The MI Urban Farming Network is planning a tour for early in September to allow people to get ideas and inspiration around their vegetable gardens, pea patches, chicken coops, fruit trees, bee hives, solar installations, rainwater cisterns, rain gardens and much more! Please contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help with the tour or like to offer an activity of yours for others to see on the tour.
At Dig the Dirt we are forming small groups to create a neighbor to neighbor co-op. So if you have fruit and your neighbor has tomatoes, you can let them know and share in the bounty! Wouldn't it be great not to see all that food you grow go to waste? This group helps to distribute that extra food you have not only to your neighbors, but also to the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services Food Bank!
There are hundreds of helpful articles, how-to's and questions and answer forums on www.digthedirt.com. Everything from vegetable gardening, seeds starting, and roses can be found there, and there is a plant database of over 8,000 plants and trees that anyone can add their pictures, description or information on! Here are links to some of the articles you can find there.
If you are looking to start your own vegetable garden:
How to build a raised vegetable bed: Building your own raised vegetable bed is not as hard as you think! All you need are 2 10" X 8' planks, some outdoor deck screws, a drill, and a can-do attitude and you are good to go!
How to start seeds: Starting seeds is a great project to do with your little ones! All you need are seeds, a starter pot, or even a toilet paper roll, some great potting soil, and a spritzer of water and you are on your way to become a vegetable gardener!
Planting your seedlings: Once you have your seeds up and sprouting to about 4" high, it is time to get those babies in the ground so they can stretch their roots out and really grow!