By the numbers According to the Renton mayor's recent state-of-the-city address, there were 35,598 jobs within the city limits at the end...

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By the numbers

According to the Renton mayor’s recent state-of-the-city address, there were 35,598 jobs within the city limits at the end of last year. Despite the loss of more than 1,900 Boeing jobs during the past two years, the city is only about 700 jobs short of the number of jobs in 2003. As the fortunes of the aerospace company have fluctuated over the years, other businesses have stepped up to hire Renton workers, so much so that the percentage of Renton’s jobs provided by Boeing has decreased by nearly a half in the past 15 years, from 59 percent in 1990 to 31 percent at the end of last year.

Tip of the week

If the weather holds and your landscaping needs a little sprucing up, today and tomorrow would be good days to plant dahlias and gladioluses. This weekend and next should be good for planting any perennial and biennial flowers. In the veggie garden, consider planting your potatoes and onions now.

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Spotlight: Farm tours

The Living Legacy Ranch is taking reservations for spring farm field trips. Groups of 15 to 25 children in pre-school through third grade can explore a working community farm. During the hourlong tour they meet baby animals, learn how seeds grow and plant sunflowers in the farm’s sunflower patch. Each group gets a cherry-tomato plant to grow in the classroom, and students each take a seed to grow at home. There will be both morning and afternoon tours Monday through Friday, May 9-13, at the Living Legacy Ranch, 13651 Woodinville-Redmond Road. The cost is $5 per child (no charge for teachers and chaperones). Find more information about the farm tours at www.farmllc.com or call 425-753-0756 for reservations.

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or east@seattletimes.com.

Eastside Almanac appears Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week’s sources include www.ci.renton.wa.us/mayor/soc05.htm

and Ed Hume’s 2005 Garden Almanac.