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Free Bloomingfoods Garden Center Workshops
Our East store Garden Center staff are now coordinating free workshops, to take place in the all seasons Patio Room at our store at 3220 East Third Street. You'll find them listed each month with our Education Series.
What a difference a year makes! Last spring, the Garden Center building was still under construction. This season, we've hit the ground running.
We’ve launched a free lecture series on topics such as bird feeding, soil amendment, winter garden preparation, cold frames, container gardening, spring bulbs, vermiculture, and other topics—every other Sunday afternoon in the new Patio Room.
Spring is literally just around the corner. While our official frost date may be April 25, there are plenty of things to check out at the East Bloomingfoods Garden Center.
- Seed potatoes and onion sets arrive March 14. We have Kennebec, Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac, Red Norland, and All Blue potatoes, as well as yellow, white, and red onions. New this year are Walla Walla sweet onion slips.
- Is your lawn looking shabby after last year’s drought? Be sure to fill in the dead spots with Jaguar turf-type fescue, perfect for shade or sun and high traffic areas. We also carry fertilizers and soil amendments.
- And speaking of lawns, be sure to try out the new human-powered Fiskars StaySharp Plus lawn mower. It’s fun to cut the grass the Green way!
- It’s nesting season for the birds, and we have added Wild Delight premium bird seed, fortified with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and real fruit. At the risk of sounding anthropomorphic, think of it as a prenatal supplement.
- Of course, we still carry 66 varieties of garden seed in bulk, and almost 500 different packets, plus a wide selection of soil amendments, pest controls, tools, and pots.
- Bedding plants will be here soon, but for the widest variety, now is the time to start your tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings; a heat mat will get them off to a fast start.
The free lecture series continues every other Sunday at 2:00 in the new Patio Room. Mark your calendars:
- March 24: Ed Burns of Wiggling Winnie’s fame talks about vermiculture (composting with worms).
- April 7: Chris Bobbitt shares tips on better lawn care.
- April 21: Ferrol Johnson of Abundant Harvest Farms speaks about soil improvement and urban gardening.
Gardening and bird watching are America’s two most popular hobbies. Come join the fun at the Garden Center!
March, 2013: Although it might look foreboding outside, there is plenty that eager gardeners can do at this time of year, says Chris Bobbitt, staff person at the Bloomingfoods Garden Center on the Eastside. Bobbitt, who has worked at the Garden Center since the fall of 2011, is a longtime gardener himself, as are his coworkers, Linnea Good and manager J.D. Lucas.
“All three of us have been gardening for decades,” Bobbitt observes. So when a customer comes in with questions, they are excited to help. Bobbitt notes that March is a good time of year to plant hardy cold-weather crops like potatoes, onions, members of the cabbage family, lettuce, radishes, and Swiss chard. March is also a good month to start growing tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings indoors.
We’re pleased to announce that we now carry Hartzler Family Dairy milk and rolled butter.