One of my favorite things about summer in lower Wallingford is Helen Glazier’s garden at 3628 Burke Ave. Helen’s garden is like the proverbial box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. Stupice tomatoes, huckleberries, romaine, Fun Jen, Chinese Pink garlic… lots of stuff!
Meeting neighbors is great fun, too. At Helen’s garden I’ve chatted with Cyrus from Growing Food Growing Community. And Janelle, a neighbor who writes the fantastic food blog, Talk of Tomatoes. And of course, Helen herself is a delight.
Which is why it isn’t at all surprising that Ciscoe Morris has discovered Helen’s garden as well. This Saturday’s Gardening With Ciscoe was taped, in part, in Helen’s garden
Helen tells us how she came to be on the show:
In 2008 I was invited to be on a small edible gardening tour sponsored by Sustainable Wallingford. The organizer, Abby Klingbeil, also one of the founders of Growing Food Growing Community, left a note on the front door saying, “I love your garden … would you be interested in being on a tour.” Debbie Natelson, a Hendrikus Organics rep, was on the tour. She gave me a 20 lb bag of fertilizer…The following spring I was about to take out an old strawberry bed and noticed that the plants looked exceedingly healthy, as did the blueberries that had also received some Hendrikus fertilizer. I reported back and asked where I could get more. I started using it liberally and in 2009 was invited to be on the Wallingford Garden Tour. So since then I have been using their products… and it was last year that there was talk about doing a Ciscoe shoot sometime (Henrikus is a Gardening With Ciscoe advertiser).
The episode will air this Saturday, August 6th, 10am on KING 5 and at 1:30pm on KONG. It’ll be repeated on August 20th.
To learn more about Helen’s produce sales, read our previous Wallyhood post here.
Thanks for the shout-out!! So many people tell me about this blog. How cool is it to live in such a hip neighborhood in Seattle??!!! Loving it.
It is beyond cool being a ‘beginning’ urban farmer and having Helen as a neighbor; I ask her gardening questions all the time!!
Hello, Janelle! Love your Talk of Tomatoes blog, and discovered it through Helen. She’s awesome… I have my first ever live tomatoes on my deck thanks to her starts & advice.
Hello Chris and nice to virtually meet you! Apparently Helen and I have a shared affinity for tomatoes LOL. We cannot seem to get enough of them. Next time you stop by, ask Helen for a tour and check out her backyard: the berries are phenomenal.
BTW am hoping this fall to add eggs to the ‘home produce for sale’. We have 8 chickens (not laying yet—still too young). Would have loved to have gone on the chx coop tour this yr but sadly we were out of town;(.
I look forward to reading more via Wallyhood!! Thanks for all the great info!
Thanks for the tip–can’t wait to see Helen and her garden on TV! She does such amazing things!
@Brooke… she has recipes, too. I learned to make a tomatillo salsa from her last year. This year it was kale chips!