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Volunteer today to help clean up the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt

October 28th, 2014 by Laura

Green Seattle 2014It’s definitely Fall, and that means clean up – not only in yards and gardens, but also in our local greenbelts. Green Seattle Day gives residents a chance to help clean up, plant native plants, and learn about our natural spaces.

Green Seattle Day is coming to the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt November 8th, a week from Saturday. It’s a community event that needs volunteers to succeed. All you need to do is register online and show up next Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Maclean Park GreenbeltPlan to wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes, and bring water and lunch/snacks to keep your energy up! Garden tools and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Also, dress for our Fall weather and wear waterproof boots if you want to work in the wetland area. 

There’s plenty of free street parking near the park entrance at MacLean Park, located at Taylor Ave N & Newton St. RSVP today and plan on helping out one of our natural green spaces next Saturday!

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Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project kicks off Thursday with public meeting to rally volunteers

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Wolf Creek Ravine signLast week we posted about the upcoming Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project, and the volunteer opportunity is here! We first noticed changes when the Queen Anne P-Patch beehive disappeared (temporarily moved for the restoration work). Since then, signs have been posted to alert P-Patchers and residents about the upcoming work.

Wolf Creek Ravine is the natural greenspace that borders the P-Patch to the north, running under the McGraw Street and Queen Anne Drive bridges. The area near the P-Patch is full of blackberries and invasive knotweed, and the Green Seattle Partnership project will work on removing these plants and replacing them with native plantings.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project. To learn more about how you can help, attend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday), September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Wolf Creek Ravine Project

Work on Wolf Creek will begin soon with knotweed control completed by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers. Maps and more details can be found in last week’s post.

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Help bring back our bees! Wolf Creek Ravine restoration work needs volunteers

August 27th, 2014 by Laura

Empty Bee Spot

Beehive spot sans beehive – but they’ll be back!

Last week on a walk through the Queen Anne P-Patch, I noticed that the beehive was gone. A fixture of the P-Patch, the hive has been literally buzzing lately with summer bloom activity, so it seemed odd that it disappeared.

I emailed my P-Patch contacts and got in touch with the hive steward. Good news – the hive will be back, it’s been relocated to West Seattle in preparation for a restoration of Wolf Creek Ravine, the natural space that borders the P-Patch to the north.

Wolf Creek Ravine blackberries

Blackberries and knotweed to the north of the P-Patch

The Green Seattle Partnership project is focused on the Wolf Creek Ravine Natural Area, where blackberry vines and invasive knotweed will be removed and replaced with native plantings.

The team also met with P-Patchers to get their feedback, and they suggested a realignment of the fence along the east edge of the P-Patch. The blackberries will remain as a buffer to the neighboring homes, but sight lines in the P-Patch will be improved with the fence move. You can see the fence realignment in the map below, the pink dashed line is the existing eastern fence-line, the dashed green is the new fence line for the P-Patch:

QA P Patch plan

The same wire and post fencing along the north of the P-Patch will be removed for the Wolf Creek Ravine work. In the aerial image you can see the work area outlined in orange:

Wolf Creek NA

The Green Seattle Partnership can’t do this work without volunteers – and this is where you can help make a difference. Attend a meeting next Thursday, September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss the plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Work on Wolf Creek will begin shortly after the public meeting, and knotweed control should be complete by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers – so consider helping out and attend next week’s meeting. With volunteer help, work on the steeper part of the ravine could happen as early as next summer.

And, the bees will return home soon thereafter!

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Free trees are still available via Trees for Neighborhoods

August 24th, 2014 by Laura

reLeaf Tree ProgramJust before the Trees for Neighborhoods annual free trees program kicked off, we gave the heads up about this program and how you could apply for up to 4 free trees.

Applications opened on August 4th, and 20 days later, there are still trees available. Apply today for free trees that will help beautify Queen Anne, provide shade, and even increase property values. Plus, the upfront investment is zero – the trees are free, you just have to plant them and provide care, and ReLeaf helps get you started.

White Oak

White Oak

Not only do you get free trees, you also get assistance for permit applications and training on tree planting and care.

Trees can be planted in planting strips (that space between the sidewalk and the street) or in your yard.

Plus, if you apply for a white oaksilver lindentulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip, it could be a future neighborhood landmark tree.

Tulip Tree flower

Tulip Tree

Street trees require a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. If you have the space and no power lines, what are you waiting for? Those of us who wilt in the summer heat will appreciate the shade that these trees will one day provide.

Apply today! Street trees applications are due by this Wednesday, August 27th. Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.

If you have any questions on the free tree program, send an email or call 206-684-3979.

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Add more trees to Queen Anne! Seattle reLeaf free tree program opens Monday

August 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne Boulevard trees 7th Ave W

Queen Anne Boulevard trees

It’s that time of year, Seattle reLeaf is kicking off its free trees program! As some of us dodge from one side of the street to another as we seek shade on daily summer walks or runs, the idea of more trees is nothing but goodness.

The application process for the Trees for Neighborhoods program opens at 10am tomorrow, Monday, August 4th. Seattle households can receive up to four free trees via the program.

The program has been operating since 2009, planting more than 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. You can check out this year’s available trees online.

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

reLeaf Tree Program

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household) – includes a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard.
  • A watering bag for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning

If you’d like more info on the program, visit reLeaf online, call 206-615-1668, or send e-mail.

If you’re interested in adding trees to your yard or parking strip, mark your calendar for tomorrow at 10am for the best selection of free trees!

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Two free library events for gardeners this weekend

May 10th, 2014 by Laura

QALibraryWe’re expanding our scope just a bit, one neighborhood over, to give gardeners the heads up on two free classes presented by the Seattle Public Library. One is today at 1pm at the Magnolia branch, the other is tomorrow at our own Queen Anne Branch.

Details are below:

Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard 
Magnolia Branch
Saturday, May 10
1:00 to 2:30pm
Want to grow food in your yard or balcony this season? Brad Halm, co-owner of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and co-author of the edible garden primer, “Food Grown Right, in your Backyard,” will guide you through designing your own backyard farm. You’ll learn how to design and construct your own vegetable garden.

Dealing with Summer Pests in the Garden with Seattle Tilth
Queen Anne Branch
Sunday, May 11
2:00 to 3:30pm
Seattle Tilth will help you organically deal with pests, weed and disease control in your garden. Tilth will discuss integrated pest management practices as well.

If you’re interested in vegetable gardening or keeping those pesky pests away and weeds at bay, check out these free classes!

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Get in touch with nature and learn about Queen Anne trees at Saturday’s Tree Walk

April 9th, 2014 by Laura

Tree AmbassadorYou may recall our post on Tree Ambassadors back in February, the city of Seattle’s reLeaf program was looking for volunteers to speak for our neighborhood trees – hands have been raised and the first Queen Anne Tree Walk is this Saturday!

The walk covers the northwest portion of the top of Queen Anne, beginning at Coe Elementary School (2424 7th Ave W) this Saturday, April 12th at 10am. The walk will be a 2-hour guided tour of trees along a portion of Queen Anne Boulevard, as well as some off-the-beaten path trees.

Tree Walk map

The Queen Anne Tree Walk is free and open to all. You can RSVP online or just meet up with the group in front of Coe Elementary School.

For more information on the walk or to become a Tree Ambassador, visit the city’s Tree web site or contact them via email.

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Picture Perfect Queen Anne helps the Galer Stairs get a makeover

September 22nd, 2013 by Laura

We’ve written about Picture Perfect Queen Anne (PPQA) before, but as a quick refresher: they’re the community group that helps keep up the plantings along Queen Anne Ave N between Galer and McGraw. PPQA is an all-volunteer alliance with the goal of a pedestrian-friendly, safe, vibrant main street that everyone can enjoy.

PPQA Galer StairsNow, thanks to PPQA, the stretch of the Galer Stairs that goes from Queen Anne Ave N up to 1st Ave N is getting a makeover that’ll benefit everyone who uses the stairway.

The Queen Anne-Magnolia Neighborhood District Council and SDOT selected the Galer Stairs project for revitalization via the Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Projects Fund – and the following work will take place over the next couple of months:

PPQA Galer Stairs Light

Lightpole on Galer Stairs
soon to be revealed!

  • install ADA approved metal handrails
  • replace the rusting, broken chain-link and wooden fencing on the landing levels with formed concrete so that the concrete banisters will be uniform up and down the staircase
  • replace crumbling erosion-control retaining walls
  • remove invasive plants on both sides of the stairs–from behind the stonewalls on QA Ave up to the first landing
  • landscape the cleared areas with drought tolerant plants including the wisteria on the south side
  • remove vegetation obliterating the light standard at the top of the staircase

You can help PPQA keep Queen Anne Ave N beautiful by donating via its web site. An individual can contribute as little as $5 per month or a one-time gift of your choice.

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Volunteers needed to help beautify entrance to Queen Anne this Sunday

May 17th, 2013 by Laura

Thousands of Queen Anne residents and visitors alike reach our neighborhood via the 7-way stop where our “Welcome to Queen Anne” sign greets them. However, the intersection needs some sprucing up, so that everyone knows that we love our neighborhood and take pride in its unique aspects like that crazy intersection!

QA Welcome Sign

After Sunday, you’ll be able to read the full sign!

You’re likely familiar with Picture Perfect Queen Anne from past Queen Anne View posts – well, some neighbors in East Queen Anne have partnered with PPQA to help beautify the entrance to our neighborhood with plantings and graffiti removal this weekend.

In a partnership with PPQA, the formerly maintained gardens at the  7-way stop are going to get back in ship-shape, and residents are looking for volunteers to help prune, weed, dig, haul or bring refreshments to a work-party this Sunday, May 19 at 8am.

7 Way StopIn addition to the garden rehab, neighbors will be using paint donated from Seattle Country Day School to re-paint and cover graffiti on the Queen Anne mural under the Aurora Bridge (northbound 99 entrance).

Whether your skills or interests lean to gardening or painting, there’s an opportunity to help beautify one of the major entrances to Queen Anne! And, if you can’t make tomorrow’s event, you can donate to a fund for mulch, new plants, and ongoing maintenance via Casa Latina.

To help out via hard work or donated funds, contact Sharon Parker via email or 206.229.3681. Or, just show up bright and early Sunday morning at the 7-way stop and help beautify Queen Anne!

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Vow to garden without pesticides and get a free ladybug sign

May 9th, 2013 by Laura

Pesticide Free SignLocal gardeners can take a pledge to be pesticide-free, joining over 800 parks and trails in King County that use few to no pesticides – and get a free Pesticide Free Zone sign.

The ladybug signs are free to households gardening without pesticides, courtesy of King County and Washington Toxics Coalition. If you maintain your yard or garden with no pesticides, take the pledge and get your free sign at the Washington Toxics Pesticide Free Zone web site.

According to Anna Dyer of Washington Toxics Coalition:

“We are pleased to partner with King County to offer families an attractive way to share their pesticide-free yards with neighbors and friends. Pesticide Free Zone signs spread the word that our yards and parks can be beautiful and healthy for kids, adults and wildlife.”

And, if you’re looking for a pesticide-free park, you can locate one in King County via an online map of public places in King County where park staff use few to no pesticides.

For help with pesticide alternatives, you can visit the Grow Smart, Grow Safe site or contact the Garden Hotline at 206.633.0224.

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Free woodchips available at Gilman Gardens for your spring yard work

May 5th, 2013 by Laura

Free Wood Chips

FREE woodchips ready for the taking!

Gilman Gardens, the self-sufficient community garden on West Queen Anne ordered two truck loads of wood chips for spring garden work… then the service showed up with four. Now that Gilman Gardens has used what they need from the pile of wood chips, they’re now offering the rest of them for free to the community.

The wood chips are located in the median just north of the main garden (down the hill on Gilman). There are about 15 cubic yards left, and it’s first-come, first-serve. All you need to do is show up at Gilman Drive and 13th Ave W, and have a way to haul what you need away – by the bucket, wheelbarrow, or truck!

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Spot a bee swarm? Here’s what you need to know

April 24th, 2013 by Laura

BeesPlaqueThe bees are buzzing around Queen Anne, and it’s the season for bee swarms. Jeff Steenbergen, a local Queen Anne beekeeper and Trustee for the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association (PSBA), has written a great, informative article on honey bee swarms and how local beekeepers can help relocate these newly formed colonies of bees. I’m turning the post over to Jeff today – all the info you need to know is below, the swarm pictures are courtesy of his blog.

Bee Swarms Creating a Buzz
By Jeff Steenbergen

With recent losses to bee populations worldwide seeing a few bees around the garden is something to celebrate, but what do you do when a few thousand bees show up?  Longer days bring a surge of blooming trees and flowers which create a short window of time for healthy honey bee colonies to split and create new colonies. When a colony splits beekeepers call the part that leaves the hive to a temporary location a swarm.  Swarming is the natural process that honey bee hives go through to create new colonies and spread their genetics to new locations. If you can remove yourself for a moment from the frightening concept of 10-15 thousand bees hanging on a branch or off the side of a building a swarm can be an amazing experience to observe.

Bee SwarmThe swarming process starts when the queen lays eggs in several cells that will be used to raise new queens. These eggs will take 16 days to mature and the mother queen will need to leave several days before the new daughter queens emerge, battle and the strongest takes over. However the mother queen can’t leave as soon as she lays these eggs and needs to prepare herself to leave the hive by stopping egg production so she will be light enough to fly to a new home. Flying is something the queen only does after she emerges to mate and possibly again later in life if her hive is successful enough to swarm.

Once the mother queen is ready she will fly out of the hive a short distance and will rest on something branch like usually several feet off the ground. She will be followed by about 2/3 of the bees in the hive that will go with her to build a new home. At this point the separation is final and the process of finding a new home begins for the swarm. While it may just look like a big mass of bees they are actually doing something quite amazing and they are making decisions on possible new home locations to select the best one. The oldest bees scout new locations and present options to the members of the swarm and in a matter of a few hours or sometimes days they will pick a new home.  During this time the queen is protected but is not part of the decision making process, in fact she doesn’t know where the new home is until she is guided there with the rest of the swarm!

Bee Swarm WallSwarms are vulnerable outside the hive to weather, animals and more importantly people and need to find a new home quickly. In a rural setting this is usually a hollow tree but in the city with loss of habitat this can take the form of a wall or attic where they become a problem.  If you encounter a swarm it is important to call a beekeeper quickly before they leave to a new home.  While many services can remove bees from inside a wall it is usually a fatal process for the colony as it is very easy for the queen to become injured during the extraction process. Pollinator numbers are dropping at alarming rates and every swarm presents an excellent opportunity for each of us to help them succeed.

Beekeepers offer FREE pickup and removal of swarms that are easy to reach and usually show up surprisingly fast for people that also have a day job.  Local beekeeper clubs annually publish beekeeper numbers on swarm lists by area and should be your first resource to finding a local beekeeper. If you are unable to find a local bee club or swarm list try calling a non-emergency number like the local fire department and they should be able to point you to the local beekeeper for your area.  If you have a swarm list follow the directions listed there which usually are to call beekeepers until you get someone to confirm they can drop everything to rush out to save the swarm.  While you wait for the beekeeper the best thing you can do is get your camera ready and make sure people stay 10-15 feet away from the swarm.

When a beekeeper arrives they will remove the swarm by transferring them into a hive box.  Bees in a swarm are less likely to sting because they have nothing to defend and are gorged with honey so they have energy to build a new colony. The beekeeper may work bare handed or in a full suit to transfer the football sized swarm of bees into a hive with a shake of a branch or by the handful if they are on a wall. Once the majority of the bees are in the hive the beekeeper will wait for any stray bees to find their way into the hive box before closing the hive up to take to their new home.

If you are in the greater Seattle area please refer to the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association (PSBA) swarm list to find a beekeeper.

If you are outside of the Seattle area you can refer to the Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA) website to find a local swarm list.

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