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King County’s clean-water utility hosts gardening events, Nov. 29 & Dec. 15

Summary

Get tips on gardening with recycled materials and share your thoughts about the future of King County’s Loop biosolids at two upcoming events.

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Get tips on gardening with recycled materials and share your thoughts about the future of King County’s Loop biosolids at two upcoming events.

The first is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the NHS Room at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle. Gardening expert Ciscoe Morris will talk about ways to add new life to winter pots at a workshop starting at 6:30 p.m. People will also be able to learn about compost made from the Loop biosolids produced at King County’s three regional clean-water plants, and share feedback about the future of this resource.

The second event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 S.E., Woodinville. Learn to transform an unwanted shipping pallet into an attractive vertical planter box with King County’s EcoConsumer program manager, Tom Watson, and Kate Kurtz, a soil scientist and project manager with the Wastewater Treatment Division. People will also have an opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback on Loop and its future uses.

Produced by the King County’s regional wastewater treatment plants for nearly 40 years, Loop is a natural soil amendment and endlessly renewable resource that restores carbon and nutrients to the land for the good of plants, people and Puget Sound.

Gardeners and commercial landscapers value compost made with Loop because it’s a source of micronutrients and macronutrients that build soil and boost plant growth. GroCo, a popular local compost made with Loop, is weed-free and pathogen-free. It also aerates soil, retains moisture, and naturally helps plants grow bigger and better.  

Besides building healthy soils, Loop reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers in gardens, commercial forestry, and agricultural operations.

This release is also posted on the website for the Department of Natural Resources and Parks at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx.

Note to editors and reporters: Visit the WTD Newsroom, a portal to information for the news media about the Wastewater Treatment Division, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Newsroom.aspx