Sun February 21: Seed Starting Class

Seed Starting Class
Date and Time: Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00-3:00PM
Location: North Seattle Friends Church Fellowship Hall at 7740 24th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Cost: Free, but a donation to the Seed Library is suggested.
(Pre-registration not required.)

Give your garden a head start by starting your veggie garden indoors. We will show you how to grow your own plant starts! Save money, grow more varieties of veggies, and experience the joy of growing your food from start to finish!

In this class you will learn about:

  • Sources for seeds
  • Supplies needed for setting up your indoor growing space
  • Planting and caring for vegetable seeds and seedlings
  • How to harden off and transplant your little plants

This class will be indoors with hands-on activities. Be prepared to get dirty! Go home with a couple of seed starts and the information you need to gather supplies and start more of your own.

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Please message neseattletoollibrary@gmail.com for any questions!

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Apply to Participate on HALA Community Focus Groups!

Seattle is changing fast – want to have a say in the future of our neighborhoods? Department of Neighborhoods is looking for applicants for HALA (Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda) Community Focus Groups.

The Community Focus Groups will guide implementation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) – the bold action plan put forth by Mayor Murray and the City Council to improve housing affordability and availability throughout Seattle. We are asking residents from neighborhoods across the city to participate as volunteers to inform the HALA process. A key focus of the Community Focus Groups will be land use and zoning changes that could affect neighborhoods.

Read more about HALA here: http://www.seattle.gov/HALA
Fill out an application here:  http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/HALA/HALACommunityFocusGroupApplication.pdf

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We Now Accept Cards!

Don’t have cash or forgot your checkbook? No worries! We are now accept credit or debit cards here at the Tool Library with the help of our new PayPal card reader. (A PayPal account is not necessary and there are no additional fees for using it.)

As always, all payments to the Tool Library are tax-deductible donations! Have questions? See more here: http://neseattletoollibrary.org/donatevolunteer/

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Build a Trellis from Bike Wheels

Build a Trellis from Bike Wheels

The Bike Shack has some extra bike wheels they are ready to let go of. Here’s a fun project using old bike wheels. If you’re interested in some of the wheels, come by when the tool library is open and pick them up!

Materials needed:

4 bike wheels
Threaded rod- 3/8” 8’ long (Tacoma Screw Products)
Nuts and washers to fit threaded rod two nuts and two washers for each wheel that you use.
½ bag concrete mix plus large coffee can or other container
wire or cord to make guy wires

It helps to have two people working on this project! Basically you are going to fix the bike wheels on the threaded rod by using the nuts and washers to tighten the wheels down at whatever intervals you decide to place the wheels. My trellis is 5’ above ground, with the wheels spaced 12” apart. I put the bottom of the trellis in a concrete base (Large can filled with concrete) and steadied it with guy wires down to the corners of my raised bed.

Make marks on your threaded rod at the places you want to put your wheels. Place one nut and washer at one side of the first spot, then place the wheel above it. Screw on the second set of fasteners and tighten down. Repeat the process for the additional wheels. It’s a bit time consuming to screw on the additional nuts- because you have to go the length of the threaded rod.

Once you know where you want to put the trellis, dig a hole and place a coffee can or other can to hold the concrete. Mix up the concrete and place the trellis where you want it to be. Fill the can with concrete. You’ll want to steady the trellis temporarily with wood stakes to keep it straight up and down while the concrete dries.

Once the concrete is dry, you’ll see that the trellis is a little wobbly and you can use line or wire to steady it, either to the edges of a raised bed or to stakes ponded into the ground.

I planted peas the first two years by broadcasting seed underneath the first wheel. The peas went straight up and attached themselves to the spokes very nicely! This year I’m trying out tomatoes to see if the vines will grow up and through the wheels.

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NE Seattle Tool Library Wins Award!

NE Seattle Tool Library has won a recycler of the year award in the non-profit category from The Washington State Recycling Association! We’ll accept the award in May at their annual conference. Kudos to all of the volunteers who’ve been working hard to make this library a reality!

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