Silverton Seedy Saturday

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free for Everyone to Attend!

This year’s Seedy Saturday will feature a Focus on Food! An event where people get together to swap garden seeds, especially heirloom varieties, or varieties that have been in the family for generations. But the event is so much more! The event is free and everyone interested in gardening is welcome to attend. A few of whats on tap:

  • Free Garden Seeds. Bring some to trade too (Not required)
  • Master Gardeners to answer your gardening questions
  • Demonstrations on Using Worms for Composting
  • The buzz from Marion County Beekeepers Association
  • Grab a couple of free seed catalogs to browse
  • Nutritionist discussing fresh vegetable meals
  • Learn about gardening with water conservation in mind
  • Kid’s Activities
  • Raffle and so much more…

Come browse the Seed Catalog table, talk to Marion Country Master Gardeners, learn about Worm Compost, learn about Water Conservation at your home, find out what your local Grange is all about, get some gardening seeds at the Seed Swap Table (and if you have any Open Pollinated or family heirloom flowers/veggie varieties, bring them in). Local nurseries are invited to sell starts, plants, seeds and gardening implements. Not sure what to do with all the produce from your garden? Visit our Nutrition & Recipe Table. Learn how to put up garden vegetables/canning/dehydrating. Meet the fine folk from the Salem Rose Society. Interested in Hydroponics? This is the place to be on Saturday. Meet your Willamette Valley Beekeepers. And if you are hungry, there is some great food at the “Seedy Cafe,” where we will have baked goods for sale with coffee and tea.

The Silverton Grange Hall is located at 201 Division Street, Silverton. From Main & Water downtown, head south 1.7 miles on Water Street towards Silver Falls State Park, and turn left on Division Street. There is a large State Highway sign for the Grange Hall on the corner.

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It’s official…crops are going in!

And we’ve decided group gardening is truly the way to garden! We gathered at the garden today to get our first seeds in our “lasagna beds”…and accomplished so much more. We planted 4 beds with heirloom peas, spinach, lettuce, garlic, onions, and kale. We layered a new bed and planted some herbs, and then outside the fence we planted 5 beautiful blueberry bushes. The layered beds—an experiment for all of us—are composting beautifully and are  filled with red worms. One of our new members is contributing her farming expertise and heirloom seeds, while other members are stepping forward with carpentry skills, manual labor abilities, and knowledge of composting and seed saving. If you are interested in getting your hands dirty and learning about growing food, join us! E-mail me at alocke@me.com for info.

Cardboard in a Garden?

Have you been by the Grange lately? You might have been surprised to see cardboard covering the ground in our garden area. Lots of cardboard. We are developing a demonstration garden that will help teach community members simpler ways to garden, and we are starting by building our soil using a method known as “lasagna gardening.” (The method is detailed in “Lasagna Gardening,” a book by Patricia Lanza.) Cultures around the world have used similar methods when the soil on their site was not adequate for cultivation. Basically, we will be layering organic material on top of the cardboard to build soil up, rather than digging and tilling. We decided to use this method after several grangers learned the hard way that the soil around our grange is very rocky and difficult to work (it is old riverbed, after all). 

Already people in the community have been helping us get the garden going…in addition to donations by grangers, Bochsler’s Hardware in Mt. Angel donated many large cardboard boxes, and a local horse stable is do

nating a manure/wood chip mixture. Molly at Rolling Hills Bakery has been donating compostable material to our co

mpost pile.

What we still need:

  • Straw bales
  • Wood ash
  • Compost and compostable materials

Grangers and interested community members: We also need…you! Are you interested in experimenting with a different kind of gardening? Are you interested in helping to grow a beautiful garden that will serve the community? Do you have gardening expertise, or do you want to learn? E-mail me at alocke@me.com if you are interested in volunteering.