Volunteers have seeded lettuce, chard, tomatoes, peppers, kale and Asian greens for distribution to Seattle Giving Gardeners. Later there’ll be summer squash and cucumbers. When will these be ready to distribute? It depends upon the weather: our greenhouses are passive greenhouses but cozy, even on our snowy days. We’ll send a notice through the city of Seattle’s listserve when they’re ready. Hint: perhaps late March or early April for the cooler weather crops; May for warmer weather crops. And THANK YOU to the volunteers who make this happen every Spring.
GROW (formerly the P-patch trust) has served as a fiscal sponsor for SGGN. We are so grateful for this help. (Accounting n’ stuff isn’t our strongest suit: we’re gardeners at heart. So GROW’s help has been very welcome.) Want to know more about them? Start with the Seattle Foundation’s review. Want to donate? Funds should be sent to the P Patch Trust. Tools should be sent to your closest P Patch, community, or faith-based garden.
You can learn much, much more about the p-patch program (including how to apply for a p-patch) (and there’s also wonderful resources for those who want to garden organically, save seeds, plan a planting and harvest schedule.) And so we also say a loud THANK YOU to the City of Seattle for its desire to connect us all. (Do visit and join the email listserves.)
Safety, Vandalism, Theft in the Garden was recently shared online by P-Patch@talk2.seattle.gov which hosted a very active discussion by gardeners about theft of veggies: carefully nurtured tomatoes, carrots, and fennel bulbs being some of what was stolen; also anything copper or brass (useful for recyclers), themometers, ladders, and gardening tools. Gardeners shared strategies:
- physical barriers (a short two foot fence; planting the desirable stuff in the back of the patch so it’s hard to reach and keeping hoses and tools in a locked shed)
- codes of conduct;
- engaging those who walk through the garden in dialogue;
- deliberately labeling a part of the p-patch for public harvest;
- keeping the garden neat and tidy to discourage those who feel that the gardener has abandoned the plot and that it needs to be gleaned
- An example of signage: Enjoy our garden sign fr magnuson p patch
But I must say something else: thank you for keeping on with your gardening and growing for the community, despite discouraging moments. Your work is appreciated.
(I try to summarize interesting discussions here, but feel free to sign up at the city of Seattle website to participate directly in the discussion.)