Oct. 10 Work Party Update

Oct 10 2015 work party

Despite heavy rain most of the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8th, eight hardy souls showed up for the work party this morning. Accomplished tasks included gathering up all the hoses and stowing them in the back corner of the tool shed. Since it was pouring heavy rain the whole time, the rest of the final chores will need to be done next Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 AM.

Oct. 17th tasks will include:

  • Cleaning out the Food Bank end of the tool shed
  • Treating the food bank plots with calcium carbonate to help prevent tomato blossom end rot
  • Final weeding of Food Bank plots and other common areas
  • Winterizing the Food Bank plots with burlap bags



Waldorf Service Project

A special thanks to Nancy Bowman, a teacher at the Waldorf High School at Magnuson Park, for bringing 8 student volunteers to work in the P-Patch on Friday, Oct. 2nd! They cleaned up Food Bank plots, as well as the plot for one of our fellow p-patch gardeners who was then recovering from a surgery. Special thanks also to Kathy Dugaw, for leading the four hour work party.

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Day of Caring - Sept. 18, 2015 - Microsoft Crew - 1

Day of Caring – Sept. 18, 2015 – Microsoft Crew – 1

On Friday, September 18th, as part of the “Day of Caring” event organized by United Way, a group of 22 volunteers from Microsoft spent the morning working on clearing the paths and weeding at the Magnuson Community Garden! As you can see from the photos, a lot of fun was had and the weather cooperated.

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On behalf of everyone at the Magnuson Community Garden, thank you!
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Food bank update

tomato plant

As of August 22, 2015, Magnuson’s p-patch program has donated 2,800 lbs. of produce! This high total means that it’s likely we’ll surpass our last year’s end of year total of 3,300 lbs.!

A couple reminders from Chris Budech, Magnuson’s p-patch coordinator:

  • If you need back-up harvesting, contact Chris or your pod leader.
  • If the weather is cooler, it’s ok to put veggies like zucchini, squash, beans and maybe under-ripe tomatoes in the food bank shed a couple of days early if you can’t make the eve before or day of delivery.
  • Deliveries are Mondays and Fridays at 9:30am.

An Ode to Zucchini

yellow zucchini

beautiful yellow zucchini plant

A favorite of many – maybe because it’s so easy to grow! – is the zucchini. Good soil, regular water and plenty of sunshine and with just a couple of zucchini plants, one can end up with plenty throughout the summer. The only challenge is figuring out what to do with them!

Here’s a list of some uses for zucchini.

  • pasta sauce – zucchini seems to go really well in pasta sauce, alongside red onions, mushrooms and peppers
  • pizza
  • stir fry
  • omelets
  • zucchini bread – One of my favorites! Last summer, I started making it gluten-free, with coconut sugar and while it is a little drier (due to the coconut sugar) than normal zucchini bread made with regular sugar, it’s really good!
  • zucchini chocolate cake – yes!
  • zucchini Turkish pancakes with feta, green onions, parsley and walnuts (Original recipe found on the PCC website. Please note that to make the pancakes gluten-free, you can just swap out the flour with an all-purpose gluten-free flour.)

If anything additional comes to mind, please leave a comment!

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