Saturday, November 7, 2015

Green and Grubby in Lincoln Park - Green Seattle Day, 2015!

Most gardeners are animated by spring. That's the time to plant seeds and annuals in your garden. But when you're working with native plants, the rainy season is the best time for planting. Our mild, wet winters give the plants a chance to get their roots established in preparation for growth during our dry summer. That's why 34 intrepid volunteers spent Saturday morning (Nov 7th) out in the rainy forest at Lincoln Park planting 300 shrubs and ferns.
Part of the Group - Green and Grubby!
Our planting was in celebration of the 10th annual Green Seattle Day organized by the Green Seattle Partnership. We were one of many parks around Seattle celebrating and planting.
We worked in an area of tree islands just west and south of the north ball field. We began clearing the invasive plants from the area in the spring of 2015 with a group of high school students. The Friends of Lincoln Park continued the work over the summer clearing ivy, blackberries, clematis, holly, eastern ash, laurel, and a host of other villains. 
We planted sword ferns, hazel nut, red flowering current, nootka rose and salal. We didn't plant trees because the area is well treed and there are lots of seedlings coming up on their own, now that the ivy and all is out of their way.
Sword ferns
After planting, we ring mulched the plants to help them hold water over the summer and to keep the weeds down.
Loading mulch
Go by the area and take a look. It's a work in progress, but we think it looks splendid! 
And continue to watch the area, we never know what wonderful native plants have been waiting patiently to come to life once we get the invasive plants out of their way. And of course, we'll continue to monitor the area for any returning invasive plants. Urban forest restoration is a long term project!

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park
206.464.1068 cell

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