Whether you live in an apartment, condo or house - your actions at home make a difference. The Sound Homes Program offers creative ideas and incentives to help residents, businesses, schools, homeowners associations, cities, and tribes in finding creative ways to manage water in our landscapes.
Please contact Kate at 425-377-7004 or kate(at)snohomishcd.org if you would like information on how the District can help make those projects a reality.
We specialize in:
- rain gardens
- rain barrels and cisterns
- rain beds
- urban farming
- natural yard care
- stormwater management
- community engagement
- and more!
Learn how to increase the health and fertility of your garden soil for the best harvests ever! You’ll learn the answers to… What makes a good soil? How do you improve it? What is fertility? To till or not to till?
During Part 2, Dr. Collins will demystify the results of our soil tests, helping us interpret the numbers and determine next steps.
We’ll cover the Allium family which includes onions, garlic, and shallots along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and other Brassicas. The beet (Chenopod) family rounds out the evening as we cover spinach, beets, chard, and quinoa.
Learn to harvest the power of Washington rain to improve your property and help the environment at the same time! Join experts from both King and Snohomish Conservation District in this special workshop designed to increase your rain garden know-how and improve mud management on rural, livestock, and horse properties.
You’ll learn about the basics of tree fruit production including variety and rootstock selection, nutrient management, and basic care. Attendees will also receive a copy of the Fruit Handbook for Western Washington.
Our fourth class in the series features Dr. Tom Waltersfrom the Walter’s Ag Research in Anacortes. A researcher and consultant for the small fruit industry in Western Washington Dr. Walters helps northwest berry growers raise berries more profitably and sustainably. He’ll cover varieties, soil preferences, and cultural requirements for Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries and other small fruits.
We’ll cover the Legume family which includes peas, beans (green and dry), and lentils. The Carrot (Apiaceae) family also includes parsnips and celery along with many herbs like dill, fennel, and caraway. Puget Sound’s mild climate makes it a great place to grow members of the lettuce (Asteraceae) family just about year-round. We’ll cover the extensive varieties available along with a discussion of raising artichokes.
Did you know that less than 1% of the insect species in the world are the so-called bad bugs that eat us, our livestock, and/or our food? The other 99% are necessary to keeping a healthy environment in our gardens. They help pollinate our crops, eat the bad bugs, and help keep our gardens healthy in many ways. Our eighth class in the series will introduce you to the myriad insects that inhabit our gardens. Learn who’s who and how to put the good guys to work!
Buying transplants for your garden can be expensive, and they may not have the varieties you want to grow. Learn how to save money by growing your own transplants. Learn proper seeding, raising, and transplanting techniques with Kate Ryan, owner and grower for Soil Sisters Plants & Produce in Monroe. For more than 20 years, Kate has grown her own transplants for sale to gardeners in the Snoqualmie Valley.
We’ll cover the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers. Being mostly heat lovers, each member of the family has unique requirements to achieve good production in our marine climate.
Program Highlights & News
Hügelkultur is a German word that means hill or mound. In agriculture and gardening, it means no-dig raised beds constructed from decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.
Photo credit: www.richsoil.com
We recently completed a rain garden on at Bay View United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon just above Padilla Bay.
Kudos to Snohomish County residents for taking care of our land and protecting it from wildfires.
The Washington Stormwater Center conducts research including 16 experimental rain gardens. Each garden tests the effects of different soil, vegetation, and other factors that help filter rainwater and stormwater. Earlier this summer, the center concluded that the water was draining too quickly from the rain gardens, thereby losing all the filtration benefits of the special imported rain garden soil.
Do you have a water issue in your yard? It might be worth a phone call to us to see about what programs may be available and possible cost share to manage those issues.
The shorter days of autumn inspire us to slow down after a busy summer, but accomplishing a few tasks before the rains set in and the winds start to blow will make winter more pleasant and surprise you with a healthy land and soil-scape next spring.
The Snohomish Conservation District gathered dozens of local volunteers last Thursday behind the Stanwood Camano Village to help restore a bare and degraded landscape right in their own backyard. Volunteers included employees from local businesses, including the YMCA, the Everett Clinic, Port Susan Dental Care, Subway, and Process Solutions.
Water deeply but less often encourages deep roots and prevents diseases. Moistening the soil a little deeper than the roots grow draws them deeper—which is particularly important in the first 1 to 2 years after planting. Let the top few inches of soil dry before watering again so roots and soil life can breathe.
Several schools recently finished up their participation in a National Fish and Wildlife funded grant, Puget Sound Starts at My School. This program involved 658 students in the planning, design, and installation of stormwater projects on school campuses. In total, the projects completed through this grant will divert and filter an estimated 435,769 gallons of stormwater every year!
Our neighborhoods are perfect petri dishes for change - new homebuyers are continually moving in, many of our older homes are in need of upgrades, and as curious humans we love to see ‘what the neighbors are doing’.
We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!