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Record rainy season soaks Northwest grocery bills and gardens alike

By Tim Joyce

Read about the the wettest spring to date on record and how it's affecting gardeners and farmers, including thoughts from Tilth Alliance educator Maren Neldam.

It’s rained more almost four feet at Sea-Tac International Airport since our rainy season officially began October 1. Officials with the National Weather Service Office in Seattle say that’s the wettest October-to-April stretch since they’ve been keeping records for more than a century.

This record wet weather is causing problems for gardeners and local farms, too.

Tilth Alliance garden educator Maren Neldam shows how to do a soil test in their Wallingford neighborhood demonstration garden.

“Too much of a good thing,” nods Maren Neldam.

The Bellevue native and garden educator is with Tilth Alliance, a new Washington state nonprofit that resulted from a merger between Seattle Tilth, Tilth Producers of Washington and Cascade Harvest Coalition. She says our 44-plus inches of rain this season is having consequences for both gardeners and farmers.

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