On Martin Luther King day in January, we completed a big project to deal with invading roots from the Poplar tree and rose bushes in the northeast corner of the garden. We rented a “Ditch Witch” power trencher and cut an 18-inch-deep trench along the north boundary and around the northeast corner. Then on MLK day, we had 18 energetic volunteers from UW finish the trench, insert fiberglass panels as weed barriers, and re-fill the trench. The volunteers also worked to refresh pathways and remove millions of roots!
Humungous thanks to Native Plant Border partners Barbara Broderick and Tom Kelly, and to awesome hardworking P-Patch volunteers Leslye Coe, Liz & Jeff Bottman, Bozena Jakubik, Susan Eggers, and Marty & Bob DeLong!
END OF SEASON:
Sincere thanks to all gardeners who met the October 31st deadline to record community hours and did a great job of winterization! Hoses have been drained and stowed and the water will be shut off soon. Magnuson P-Patch is well-prepared for another soggy winter.
Magnuson gardeners donated 4347 pounds, over TWO TONS, of high-quality produce to the food bank. OUTSTANDING work by everyone involved! There will be a final delivery before Thanksgiving.
MATCHING FUND GRANT:
Our Neighborhood Matching Fund grant resulted in LOTS of improvements to Magnuson P-Patch. Big thanks to everyone who participated.
2019 GARDENER GATHERING:
Tentative date for the 2019 Spring Gardener Gathering kickoff meeting: early April 2019. (P-Patch gardeners – details to follow via email.)
The newly formed Tranquility Committee at the P Patch finished the 2017 gardening season with an event at the annual Children’s Garden Scarecrow Fest in September. Ellen Carpintier led a team in creating a cozy place for children to sit and hear the story “Stone Soup”, while they put the proverbial stone, as well as fresh vegetables from our gardens, into a large pot. With a magical stir, the children created soup— and they were treated to a small cup of hot vegetable soup. The soups were provided by 6 P Patch volunteers, using lots of garden vegetables. We had many readings, and served over 100 children that day at the festival, including a number of our neighboring children from Solid Ground Housing. Our booth had P Patch signs as well as vegetable IDs. It was a fun, lively, interactive day for all of us!
Many thanks to our volunteers that day: Ellen Carpintier, Judy Foley, Kathy Graunke, Cyril Hegel, Linda Strandberg, and Julie Willaford. It took many volunteers—if we have overlooked your participation, we apologize, everyone’s help was hugely appreciated. We also had a Roosevelt High School volunteer, Rosa, who was a big help as well. And additional thanks to Papa Murphy’s on Lake City Way who provided the plastic cups and pizza coupons for the kids.
The June 30 Magnuson P-Patch Potluck had a strong turn out, with 30 people in attendance. We enjoyed great food, beautiful weather and a live bluegrass band playing at the amphitheater as background music. A nice evening.
Spring is right around the corner! There are a number of fun events scheduled for 2017 for Magnuson Children’s Garden.
Saturday, March 18th from 10am-2pm: Stewardship event with volunteers from Seattle Works TeamWorks and a local cub scout troop;
Saturday, April 8th from 10am-2pm: Stewardship event with volunteers from Seattle Works TeamWorks, plus an “Earth Month” Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities;
Saturday, May 20th from 10am-2pm: Stewardship event with volunteers from Seattle Works TeamWorks, plus an “Happy Spring” Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities;
Saturday, June 17th from 12pm-3:30pm: Seattle Works Day stewardship event plus a “Welcome Summer” Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities;
Friday, June 30th from 6-8pm: Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities during Magnuson Community Center’s annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social event;
Friday, July 28th from 6-8pm: Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities during Magnuson Community Center’s summer concert night in the amphitheater with local “kindie rock” band Recess Monkey;
Friday, August 4th from 6-8pm: Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities during Magnuson Community Center’s summer concert night in the amphitheater with a local “Big Band” concert; and
Friday Sept. 15th from 9am-1pm: annual United Way Day of Caring stewardship event
For general information about the Children’s Garden at Magnuson, visit the Children’s Garden page.