Ballard’s Edible Garden Tour is coming up

Ballard’s popular Edible Garden Tour is on July 1, offering residents a chance to check out their neighbor’s gardens and learn about permaculture and growing techniques.

The tour will visit over 20 gardens, including the Labateyah Youth Home, (9010 13th Ave NW), which received a grant from the city to create new gardening beds. Fred Miller, a volunteer gardener, will be on hand to explain how to build a hugel, which is a no-dig raised bed, and other permaculture design techniques.

One gardener will be bottling hard cider from his home press, and another will share his plans for building a raised bed. The tour will include creative planting strips, chicken coops, beekeeping methods and “creative edibles from fruit trees to berries to veggies galore,” Margaret Wetter from Sustainable Ballard tells us.

The tour will be Saturday, July 1, from 10am to 3pm.  “Put on your walking shoes or hop on your bike, unicycle or skateboard and head on over to Kirke Park, 7028 9th Ave NW on the day of the tour to buy your ticket and map,” Wetter says.

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