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 Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee hosts a variety of FREE monthly events in the garden and nature walks in the park from spring to fall each year:
- Family Garden Days: Drop-in garden and nature exploration activities for the whole family to enjoy!
- Community Stewardship Events: Drop in for an hour or two of easy and simple gardening for all ages and abilities, and we provide all gloves and tools!
- Family Garden Classes: A learning experience for parents and children together, with hands-on activities and take-home projects!
- Nature Walks: Visits to natural areas such as the Magnuson Wetlands, Promontory Point, and more!
We welcome you to attend these fun and educational events, and to visit the Children’s Garden any time for self-guided adventures. For more info, or to subscribe to our free “Magnuson Nature News” monthly e-newsletter, visit www.magnusonchildrensgarden.org.
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.
Once again, volunteers from Microsoft donated their time and energy to work in our p-patch for this year’s Day of Caring “Refresh the Borders at Magnuson P-Patch” event on Sept. 15th.
We greatly appreciate their continued support of our p-patch!
At the work party last Saturday, we had over 33 gardeners participate with a total of 96 hours! The weather was perfect: cool and cloudy but dry and bright.
– One plot was overgrown with horsetails. An elite team cleared the plot so the new gardener could get started.
– One gardener had medical issues had asked for help weeding. Another hardworking team weeded her plot. She was delighted with the result!
– We hung out lots and lots of the burlap bags to dry. Once they were dry, we re-stacked them in the concrete bunker by the compost bin and covered them with tarps so they’ll be re-usable in the fall.
– We cleared a load of trash that had been dumped in one of the concrete bunkers and arranged to take it to the dump.
– A big team led by the inimitable Marty DeLong weeded the perennial garden.
– A few meticulous gardeners carefully weeded and widened the gravel pathway alongside the raised beds.
People baked and brought way too many deliciously tempting goodies!
We have a new sign!
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.
As part of United Way’s Day of Caring event on Friday, September 23rd, 48 enthusiastic volunteers from Microsoft spent the day working in Magnuson Community Garden’s p-patch!
The volunteers did some amazing work! Accomplishments included clearing of the north end of an abandoned plot in the northwest corner of the garden, removing an apple tree from the middle of the garden, refreshing the northeast gravel path that had become overgrown with weeds and overhanging bushes from the Native Plant border, and removing weeds and sheet mulching a couple of seriously overgrown areas along the southeast border of the garden.
Special thanks also goes out to the p-patch gardeners (Mark Huston, Mary DeLong, Lesley Coe, Beryl Fernandes, Norma Miller and Kathy Dugaw) who spent time in the p-patch working alongside the volunteers!