Squad's longtime host, the King Conservation District, hosted us at their unique wetland plant nursery in Renton. To top off an already fun day, Squad got to engage in a brand new activity—a sudsy multi-step glove washing station. It perfectly combined useful work to be proud-of with total soapy chaos. (Biodegradable soap naturally.) It was loved by many-a-youngster and everyone else witnessing their joy.
In order to get our gloves dirty we potted over one hundred bare root Indian plum / osoberry / Oemleria cerasiformis shrubs. Interestingly, this is the only species in the genus Oemleria. It is sometimes grown for ornamental purposes in other countries because of its very early flowers on nearly bare stems.
In addition we mixed-up potting soil to KCD's specs by combining 50% GroCo with 50% mineral-based soil. GroCo is a compost that includes Loop biosolids which is comprised of the organic matter left over from our wast water treatment processes. These screened, cleaned and tested solids are a valuable material as they help to conditions soil, are a never-ending resource and are best recycled.