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The mission of Outdoors for All is to enrich the quality of life for children and adults with disability through outdoor recreation. This photo shows participants who worked with compost and spring greens at Day Camp the week of April 7th. Molly Harrigan, Program Manager
During the work party Jean Colley, Master Gardener, taught a class entitled "Now that I have my P-patch (hooray!) what should I plant and when? The gravel path project is almost complete as shown by the pictures below. A group from Seattle Works worked along side us. The water is now on and the keys are in a box in the toolshed.
My Weather Channel app says it will be sunny and 64 degrees Saturday April 12th. The path project may well be finished by then so come and inspect the result (that should be worth another half hour each for the volunteer hours pledged. We will be joined by a group of 12-15 from Seattle Works so we should be able to really jump start our spring work. The water is now on and the keys are in a box in the tool shed. Feel free to take a few for your nearby tool box, better yet donate a key ring so they won’t get lost. Work to be done:
Distribute garden hoses to the faucet stands
Weed the food bank plots and then distribute compost to them
Lower the level of paths just as they enter the gravel path
Tweek the gravel path edges as needed
Clean out unused compost bins
And as always, weed and chip interior paths as needed
Marty DeLong and I will be your crew chiefs. Treats will be brought by Adele Merati, others?
On a rain-threatened morning Saturday, April 5, about TWENTY of you hardy souls turned out to work on the gravel path project! The Seattle Conservation Corps (SCC) had requested volunteers clear the path from the entrance near the dog park to the north end of the garden but with all this talent, they cleared not only that but the interior ADA path as well. We started at 9:00 AM and the serious rain did not start until we were finished at noon. The SCC folks are going to be amazed.
Wow, treat yourself to a visit to the garden soon. The Seattle Conservation Corps (SCC) has begun the gravel path renovation project and it is amazing their progress in just one morning!
Meanwhile, we have pledged hours to fulfill for the grant. In the tool shed there is a clip board with a diagram of what volunteers can do. First priority is to daylight the existing inner path to five feet wide and down to the gravel base. The chips and weeds are to be dumped at the P-Patch entrance next to the dog park. Wear boots, it is pretty mucky. Look for metal plant tags which mark the “path edge”. Alternatively the path down to the Children’s Garden at the southwest corner of the garden needs some careful pruning to give clearance for a five foot path. And if all else fails, grass needs to be removed from between rocks on the inside border of the perimeter path.
Thanks for your participation in this project.
Please enjoy the "Before" and "Work in Progress" pics. "After" shots to come. And soon.
It is almost time for our ANNUAL P-PATCH MEETING, MARCH 13, 2014, 7:00 PM IN THE MATHEWS BEACH ROOM IN THE BRIG. Please save the date.
The meeting will include necessary Magnuson P-Patch organizational information, gardening information, news of upcoming projects and much more. The meeting will end with break-out groups with your POD leader and a drawing for door prizes.
Magnuson P-Patch is a winner of a Small & Simple grant for $20,745 to "Rehabilitate 10 year old ADA Access Paths" and is now authorized to proceed with the project as of February 7, 2014. There is lots of competition for these grants so we are delighted to have won. To get the money however, many volunteer matching hours, about 885, have been pledged to prepare the paths for new gravel and at least three bids from landscapers to do the work need to be obtained. Work will begin this spring.
Organizers are Norma Patterson, Magnuson P-Patch site coordinator and Christina Pfeiffer, Magnuson Community Garden board president