Monday, February 26 was an exciting day. On that day, 31 enthusiastic employees from Silver Creek Capital Management came to plant trees, shrubs and ground covers in our Greenbelt site. Our staff consisted of Nicole from Forterra, Claire a master gardener, and two Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards- Peter from Mt. Baker Park and me. Claire and I also belong to GreenFriends, the environmental arm of Embracing the World.
During the three-hour work party, we planted 17 trees, 75 shrubs and 77 ground covers! Every new plant is native to the Pacific Northwest. We spread two buckets of wood chip mulch around each plant to reduce weed growth and retain water. (The burlap we place on the ground after removing blackberries and ivy from the land also helps with weed reduction and water retention). At future work parties we will be covering any exposed burlap in the planting areas with wood chips.
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Towards the end of the event, part of Nicole’s team cleared more land. They dug up some huge blackberry root balls.
A few days later I weighed the biggest one. It weighed almost 10 pounds!
When the work party was over, we cleaned and put away the tools and celebrated all we had done. I think everyone had enjoyed their experience.
Later, I took another look at what we had accomplished. Once again, I was awed by how much the land had been transformed by a single work party.
Photos by Laurel Webb, Nicole Marcotte and Karuna Poole