P-Patch History

The Magnuson P-Patch is located within the Magnuson Community Garden, a four acre site at Magnuson Park. The new P-Patch officially opened in March 2003 for the Spring season; it now has 140 year round plots.

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The new P-Patch replaced the Sand Point P-Patch which was established in 1977 on property leased from Childrens’ Hospital and Regional Medical Center.  The hospital  begun preparations for building on the site at the end of September 2001. The Magnuson Community Garden P-Patch  was initially created as a temporary garden in October 2001 with 35 transitional plots for the old Sand Point P-Patch gardeners.

Ariel view of garden from 2008

Ariel view of garden from 2008

Assistance for moving the P-patch  was received from Childrens’ Hospital grounds staff,  Fruhling, Inc.,  Seattle Parks Department Sand Point Magnuson Park Division grounds personnel, and  gardeners.

Another ariel view from 2008

Another ariel view from 2008

Volunteers spent many hours removing Scotch Broom, removing rocks, tilling and adding soil amenities to the new site.  Compost, manure, and donated Alaska Fish Fertilizer  and applied to the soil.  The P-patch was marked out, paths were marked and surfaced, an irrigation system was installed.  Volunteers were then able to stake out the plot design, borders, and internal paths.

An ariel view of the p-patch and the surrounding area from 2008

An ariel view of the p-patch and the surrounding area from 2008