Our Gardens at 21 Acres

At 21 Acres, a sustainable farm project in Woodinville, Pollinator Pathway NW has found a home. Our projects are supported by staff and volunteers on the farm.

Demonstration Pollinator Garden

Our demonstration pollinator garden continues to thrive. The hugel beds have settled and the soil is rich and nourishing. The three-year development of this garden is a remarkable story. Read all about it and learn about the amazing gardening technique called hugelkulture.

The Spiral Herb Garden

The spiral garden, originally planted in 2008, is located at a central crossroads on the 21 Acres demonstration farm. Its spiral design incorporates the healing properties of reflexology and is densely planted with kitchen herbs for the 21 Acres kitchen and farm market. The Pollinator Pathway team adopted the garden as an additional pollinator habitat and set about restoring it to its original beauty, with help from a donation from the Woodinville Garden Club and the team’s dedication to weekly weeding and mulching. Herbs include oregano, thyme, valerian, lavendar, marigold, rosemary and sage. Plans are underway to create a focal element that will attract visitors to the pollinator gardens and all that 21 Acres has to offer.

We planted a Rain Garden

We stripped the tarp off the large shallow depression in the ground. The soil was soft and moist and the shovel cut through with ease. This somewhat sunken flat garden had been sitting since the spring and now, appropriate for this rainy day, it was time to create our rain garden. We filled it with native plants, most of them small – penstamon, native columbine, strawberry – some so small we had to cover them with empty plant cups to keep from stepping on them. We planted mostly sun loving native plants, that are low growing, so nothing soaks up too much of the water. Also some larger plants – Oregon grape, spirea – but no trees as they get a little greedy about water.
A rain garden is a an area that is slightly depressed and filled with native plants, designed to retain, absorb and filter rainwater runoff. Plants in a rain garden require much less watering as the garden is soggy, holding the water for about 12-24 hours before slowly absorbing it into the ground. This process filters chemicals, sediment and pollutants from stormwater runoff and keeps them out of rivers and streams. Rain gardens can prevent soil erosion and create a habitat for birds and butterflies.
When we finished planting, we covered our rain garden with straw to help retain more moisture.
Plant your rain garden with native plants. Native plants require no fertilizer, need less water and are better at using the nutrients in the soil. The Department of Ecology has a Rain Garden Handbook filled with lots of information on creating your own rain garden.