Replenishing Our Region

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At King Conservation District, we’re all about better ground. Better ground means taking important stewardship actions at home and in our communities to create healthy soil and water, to provide healthy food, and to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources. And you don’t have to go at it alone. You have a partner, your local conservation district.

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Healthy Soil
Plant Sale
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Zackuse Creek

After many years of assessments and feasibility studies, the City of Sammamish, in partnership with KCD, the Kokanee Work Group of WRIA 8, Snoqualmie Tribe, King County Parks, Trout Unlimited, and private property owners, have begun the Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration project.

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It starts
with you

Join St. Columba for a Party & Ribbon Cutting celebrating their Community Garden for Refugee and Immigrant Families! Lunch is potluck, including traditional foods from South Sudan! Games, including some water games and a bouncy house, will be hosted on the lawn for children and youth and the ribbon cutting ceremony will happen at 1pm. Come kick off the Summer!
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Grow Cover Crops
Like leaves, winter cover crops of rye, vetch, and clover offer habitat and protection for the elements for pollinators. In the spring, flowering clover is an early source of nectar and the cover crops prevent compaction, limiting the need for tilling.

Make sure to consult your soil test when making the decision to let cover crops flower. In the backyard garden, cover crops can be “chopped” with a spade or hand turned with less disruption to pollinator habitat than mechanical tillers.

KCD will be giving out free cover crop seeds at farmers markets this fall. Follow us for updates and to see where you can pick up your covercrop seeds!
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Re-Think Tillage
Just like raking leaves, tilling is an annual garden chore for most gardeners. It’s what we have always done! However, tilling an area with hibernating pollinators could disturb or kill them.

One of our most recognizable pollinators, the bumble bee, survives Washington’s winter chill by burrowing only an inch or two into the ground. Winter is an especially vulnerable time for pollinators because it is too cold for them to be active. If you till to avoid soil compaction, consider growing cover crops or only digging in exact planting areas. #pollinatorweek
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