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By eastsideurb29937978, Nov 6 2017 03:06PM

This past weekend delivered a very important lesson to all gardeners and urban farmers.

We received our first snow of the year.

Or, to be more exact, some of us did.

Friday we never heard the word “snow” in the forecast but there it was, on the east side of Olympia ….and Tumwater….but closer to the water, out Johnson Point Road, no snow. Bellingham got it but quite a few places south of Bellingham never saw a flake.

And then Sunday rolled around, and snow was predicted for most of western Washington, up to four inches, but it turned out that was a non-event for most of us with the exception of the Hood Canal area.

The lesson is this: western Washington has a diverse climate, and that climate can change in the space of thirty miles. Heck, depending on vegetation and air flow, the climate can be different in different parts of the same city.

And we need to know that before we plan our gardens and prepare for inclement weather. You see, it’s all tied together, the weather, the location, the soil, the air flow, the amount of sunlight, all tied together.

We want you to have the best chance possible in gardening and urban farming. That is why we will always be available to talk to you about your particular situation. Come in with your questions. We are Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center, and we are your Answer Place.

By eastsideurb29937978, Nov 3 2017 02:30PM

Well, it’s chicken day, as every Friday is. Today we are receiving Dark Brahmas and Lakenvelders, two hardy breeds and consistent layers. Come on in and take a look. They are mighty cute at this age, and that cuteness will be laying eggs for you in April.

So, what do you want to know?

Would you like to know about beekeeping? Just ask us!

Would you like to know about raising chickens? Just ask us!

Would you like to know about soil preparation? Just ask us!

How about fruit trees or berries, canning or meat processing? Just ask us!

How about cover crops or seed exchange? Just ask us!

Our employees walk the talk in urban farming. They have been there, done that, and are willing to share their knowledge, with you, and by doing so spread the love of sustainable living.

That is what we do. We answer questions, we discuss problems, we find solutions, and we share information. We provide everything you need to begin your journey towards a healthier way of living.

We are Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center, and we are your Answer Place.

By eastsideurb29937978, Nov 1 2017 01:55PM

Guess what the National Weather Bureau is predicting?

Colder than normal temperatures for Western Washington with above average precipitation, that’s what!

And that means snow!

Or does it?

The region “Western Washington” covers a geographic region which stretches from Vancouver to the south to the Canadian border to the north, and from the Cascade foothills to the east to the Pacific Ocean to the west. And any native of that area can tell you that weather is considerably different in Western Washington depending on where you are. The combination of two mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean can cause havoc for even the best meteorologist.

But let’s assume that Olympia does have a lot of snow this winter. What should you do to prepare for it with regards to your garden?

For the most part, snow is good for your garden. It provides a layer of insulation and when it melts it provides much-needed moisture for deep-rooted plants. The main problem is accumulated snow on branches of your shrubs and trees. That accumulation needs to be taken care of.

The best way to deal with snow accumulations on branches is to gently brush it off with a broom periodically. Every hour or so, while it is snowing, go outside and sweep the shrubbery. This will prevent any of those branches from breaking and causing damage to the shrub or tree.

And what about ice accumulations? Luckily we rarely have that happen, but if it is predicted, your best preventative measure is to tie up the branches ahead of time, lessening the chance of branches breaking under the weight of the ice.

What’s that grandma was fond of saying? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, or something like that. Take steps now to protect your garden and then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Questions? You know where to find us. We are Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center, and we are proudly your Answer Place!

By eastsideurb29937978, Oct 30 2017 02:02PM

We are expanding!

We recently took out a downstairs office to make room for more displays, and in the near future we have another office scheduled to go bye-bye. It’s all part of the plan to expand our offerings to you, to make Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center the premier location for all things related to urban farming and gardening.

And we make this commitment to you: As we grow we will continue to give you the same friendly, knowledgeable, personalized service you have come to expect from us. We will never become so large that we can’t make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.

We promise!

We will always have time to answer your questions.

We promise!

We will always have time to walk you through any problem you might have.

We promise!

We will always have time to discuss urban farming.

We promise!

We expect more from ourselves, and you should expect more from us as well.

Some come on in and put us to work. If you have questions, ask us. We are the Answer Place, your first, and last, stop for all things related to sustainable living.

We take pride in that fact, and we will continue to work hard to maintain your trust


We promise!

By eastsideurb29937978, Oct 27 2017 03:17PM

Friday means chicken delivery, and today we have some Americaunas and some Barnvelders arriving. After today we will only have three more chicken deliveries in 2017, so don’t wait until it’s too late.

Did you know that some of the larger chicken processing plants in America can process 10,000 chickens in an hour? We mention that not because of the processing aspect, which we imagine to be as humane as possible, but because of the care for those chickens while they are alive, which is anything but humane.

Listen, we have nothing against processing chickens or game birds. We’ve done it ourselves. We’ve taught workshops to people showing the proper way to process your birds. It is part of the sustainable living movement and the urban farming movement. And this writer loves to eat chicken, so this isn’t some rant about not eating meat of any kind.

But we have huge problems with the inhumane treatment of birds, whether they are being raised for their eggs or for their meat. While birds are under our care they must be treated WITH CARE, in the most humane way possible. Chickens need protection from the weather, protection from predators, and sanitary living conditions. They make few demands on their owners, they produce eggs and meat, and in return the least they can expect is a good place to live out their days.

That is what we believe here at Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center. We will help you in any way possible to start your chicken-raising adventure. We will answer your questions. We will sell you the best equipment. But it’s up to you to treat your chickens with respect and compassion.

Come on in and let’s talk chickens! Bring your questions because, after all, we are the Answer Place!

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