The Magnuson Community Garden

Tranquility Committee at the Magnuson P Patch gets off the ground with Stone Soup event

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.

June 10th Work Party

work party 6/10/17At 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.

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– 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!

new sign for Magnuson Community Garden's Demonstration Orchard

We have a new sign!

New 2017 Events for Magnuson Children’s Garden!

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.

THANK YOU MICROSOFT VOLUNTEERS!

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!

img_2861The 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!

Cover Crops!

While it’s still technically summer, it’s a good time to start thinking about cover crops!

Planting a cover crop is a great way to improve soil quality during the off season. Benefits include controlling weeds and recycling Nitrogen, attracting beneficial insects, controlling for erosion,and in the case of legumes, actually adding Nitrogen to the soil.

From crimson clover to mustard, winter rye grain and buckwheat, there are many options.

For assistance in deciding what is best for your garden this fall, a good resource is the Territorial Seed Company 2015 Fall & Winter Gardening Catalog Cover Crop Chart.

New Events Added to the Children’s Garden Event Calendar!

There are a lot of things going on in the Children’s Garden this fall!

  • Saturday, September 10th from 10 am – 2 pm: Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event – Help make mosaic bricks for our new Butterfly Garden, complete its perennial plantings and more!
  • Friday September 23rd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: annual United Way Day of Caring volunteer event in the Magnuson Children’s Garden and P-Patch, with a group from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation giving the garden a “fall spruce up” just in time for the Oct 1st Scarecrow Fest!
  • Saturday October 1st from 11 am – 2 pm: The annual Scarecrow Fest!  In partnership with Magnuson Community Center, we’ll host our usual array of family-friendly activities, such as worm bin exploration, nature art, plus Scarecrow Fest favorites such as the orchard maze/scavenger hunt, Bluegrass band, harvesting for the food back, and much, much more!
  • Saturday, October 8th from 10 am – 2pm: Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event – This last major event of the year will be about preparing the garden beds, tool shed, and other areas for winter!

For general information about the Children’s Garden at Magnuson, visit the Children’s Garden page.

For complete listings of events, see the Children’s Garden Events and Calendar page.

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