Garden News

We will be sharing monthly updates and other useful information throughout the gardening season.
   
          

Face Coverings At The Garden

posted May 26, 2020, 9:36 AM by MCG Admin

The Board has been asked to clarify guidelines for being in the Garden during this pandemic.  We remind all of you that some members of our gardening community are more vulnerable to the virus.  We are lucky to have such a beautiful space to spend outdoor time, and it's important that all gardeners feel safe in the Garden. 

Please wear a mask when you are in the Garden.  If you're the only one present, wear it at your own discretion.  But when others are around, wear it for their peace of mind if not for your own.

We are establishing Tuesday mornings as a time to harvest, and we will require anyone who helps with the harvest to wear a mask and gloves.  Since the harvest site is so large, we can welcome up to 6 people each Tuesday to pick and wash produce to be donated to the food bank. 

Mayor Gregerson shared the following reminder about face coverings, repeated here to help you understand why this is an issue we take seriously: 

From the State Department of Health, some reminders about face coverings (as our neighbors in King CountySan Juan County and Whatcom County are now required to wear them): 

DO cover your face with a couple layers of cloth while in public places.
DO wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you put your mask on and after you take it off.
DO wash your cloth face covering in a washing machine after a day’s use.
DO take a cloth face covering with you if you are hiking or visiting a park. Although you do not need to wear one outside, you may find that you need to come within 6 feet of someone else on a trail. At that point, put your cloth face covering on, say hello, and carry on.
DO make sure the cloth face covering covers both your mouth and nose.
DON’T wear surgical-grade masks or N95 respirators. We need to reserve those for health care and other frontline workers.
DON’T think that wearing cloth face masks means we can gather in large groups of people. For most of the state, all gatherings are prohibited. For the counties that are in Phase 2, all gatherings of more than 5 people outside your household are prohibited.
DON’T think that wearing a cloth face mask makes it safe to come within six feet of other people. At best, a cloth face covering is just one added level of precaution. It doesn’t really help unless we are also washing our hands, staying home when we are sick, and practicing physical distancing.
DON’T wear a cloth face covering while exercising outdoors. It’s not dangerous, just annoying and not necessary.
DON’T put a cloth face covering on a child under age 2 or on a person with a disability that keeps them from being able to remove it.
DON’T touch your cloth face covering after you put it on. Try not to touch your face at all.
DON’T worry that a cloth face covering might restrict your oxygen. It’s not airtight. If you ever feel like you’re having trouble breathing, remove the cloth face covering and sit down. If the feeling persists, call 911. 

Practice compassion. Remember, wearing a cloth face covering is an act of compassion. We cover our faces to protect others. There is no public health reason to wear a cloth face covering if you are alone in your car, in your own home, or around members of your own household. (Unless you just want to because it’s comfortable and looks awesome. That’s cool.)

Reminder: The Second Installment of Vegie Gardening w/Gloria is Tonight

posted May 18, 2020, 9:28 AM by MCG Admin

We are excited to offer our second Zoom session of "Vegetable Gardening with Gloria" on Monday May 18, 7-8 pm.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.  She'll be talking about "The How, What and When of Planting Your Veggies" 

If you have a question you know you'd like her to cover, please send it by Sunday evening to admin@mukilteogarden.org   

The Board is excited to be able to share Gloria's expertise through this online platform.  If you have other topics you'd like her to cover, feel free to share your ideas.  We hope to offer these online sessions at least monthly through the gardening season.   

Meeting details below.  Although the session won't be live til about 6:45 next Monday night, you can click the link any time to get more familiar with Zoom.   

We look forward to your participation next Monday! 

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Mukilteo Community Garden is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: Mukilteo Community Garden:Vegetable Gardening with Gloria: The How, What and When of Planting Your Veggies

Time: Monday, May 18, 7:00 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7149658135?pwd=eWJETXJUU1lLOEtqdXpQQ082cmVnQT09

GARDENING with GLORIA

posted Apr 19, 2020, 9:57 AM by MCG Admin   [ updated Apr 19, 2020, 10:15 AM ]

The Mukilteo Community Garden is going to start "GARDENING with GLORIA"!  

Many of you know Gloria Flatterich, former MCG President.  She got many of us started at the Garden and provided advice on everything vegetable, from controlling pea weevils to pruning and staking tomato plants and more.  Gloria, a Master Gardener and an excellent teacher, has agreed to conduct Zoom training sessions for bed renters and volunteers. The first session is scheduled for Monday, April 27 from 7-8 pm.  She’ll cover two topics: “When to start seeds and plant crops” and “Pest control in the MCG”.  And, she’ll answer your specific questions. 

HORTICULTURE SCHOLARSHIPS

posted Apr 10, 2020, 8:46 AM by MCG Admin   [ updated Apr 10, 2020, 8:53 AM ]

SPONSOR: MUKILTEO WAY GARDEN CLUB

$1000 Horticulture Scholarships

Deadline: May 30, 2020  

The Mukilteo Way Garden Club is pleased to offer two  Horticulture Scholarships to be used for 2020-21 academic classes at an accredited college or trade school in the state of  Washington. High school seniors, college students, anyone currently working in horticulture and related fields or those interested in beginning a new path into those fields are eligible.  Classes must be in horticulture or horticulture-related fields and may be taken in pursuit of a degree as well as for augmenting current or new career goals.

Applications are available at  www.mwgc.org  or by request Mukilteo Way Garden Club, PO Box 1361, Mukilteo, WA 98275

An important message from the Board of the MCG

posted Mar 23, 2020, 8:27 AM by MCG Admin   [ updated Mar 29, 2020, 8:06 AM ]

An important message from the Board of the Mukilteo Community Garden 

Governor Inslee has ordered people to stay home.  But, his order includes this statement: "People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules." 

The Board has decided the Mukilteo Community Garden(MCG) will remain open for business.  A conversation with a Food Bank representative confirms – they are looking forward to our produce, and they will need it this year more than ever.  And we believe the Garden will be an important place for you to have privacy and serenity as we all negotiate the serious challenge to our community. But we are primarily concerned for personal safety.  If you are comfortable being in the Garden, we want you to continue using it and to help us continue to raise crops for the Food Banks. 

In light of the corona virus, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of all connected to the Garden. 

Please read to the bottom of this email and reply so we know you have read this important communication.  If we don’t hear from you by March 28, a Board member will give you a friendly call to be sure you’re aware of our plans.  And when you reply, we’d love to have your thoughts, concerns and ideas.  

Protecting yourself, your family and your fellow gardeners

Be responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of others.  Bring and use your own gloves.  Bring your own sanitizing wipes and use them to wipe whatever you touch – locks, door handles, tools, wheelbarrow handles, etc.  Wipe before you touch, and wipe when you’re done.  There’s no such thing as too cautious!!  We will try to stock a bleach solution and paper towels, but don’t rely on them.  Bring your own.  

If possible, bring your own tools.  However, if you absolutely need to use a tool from the shed, clean it when you are done and use your sanitizing wipes to thoroughly wipe down the handle of the tool before and after you use it. 

Learn more about protecting your family here: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

 Meeting our mandate to feed the community

The food bank has informed us that the needs of their clients is going to be greater than ever and our giving bed produce is going to play a vital role in people’s lives. 

Your 10-hour commitment to work in 2020 supporting the giving beds and common area will be critical, but we are giving you the flexibility you need to fulfill your commitment.  There will be no formal work parties until further notice.  Gardeners can work whenever it is safe and convenient for you, both on your own beds and on the Food Bank beds.  You are no longer obligated to the specific days and times you signed up for when you paid your rental fees.  

The important tasks for volunteers will be shared in a weekly email with the subject line “MCG Tasks week of XXX”.  They will also be posted on the MCG web site www.mukilteogarden.org and will be posted at the garden.  (This will also be a helpful guide to what you could be doing with your own crops.) 

Getting the most out of your garden bed and experience

MCG Board members will be available for consultation, either via phone or in person.  If you’ve got a question about your own crops, or you don’t feel confident to work on a task for the Food Bank beds without some guidance, get in touch with us at the email or phone number below.  We’ll get back to you and arrange to provide help as it works best for you.

Unfortunately, we have fewer gardeners this year than last year.  If you’re a returning gardener who hasn’t paid yet, and you’re concerned about the rental fee, we’d like to work with you to keep you involved.  Get in touch with us at the email or phone number below.   

Because there are unrented beds, you can also add on to your growing capacity.  Get in touch with us at the email or phone number below if you’d like to rent another space.  Remember, the 10 hours/year applies to each bed so you’ll be upping your volunteer commitment. 

Staying connected because We are a Community

One of the benefits of gardening at MCG is the ability to socialize with and learn from fellow bed renters.  Since we cannot do that for now, remember that MCG is also online.  We’ve got Facebook and Instagram accounts which would be a great way to communicate with other gardeners.  Please use those for now, until we can all once again meet and mingle in the Garden.  

We may be a smaller group than in the past, but the Board has great hopes that this will be an excellent year for the Garden.  We’ll all work together to provide a much-needed service to our neighbors, and we’ll personally benefit from the peace and serenity to be found in the Garden. 

Many thanks for your understanding and help! 

The Mukilteo Community Garden Board 

To reach us about any of the points above, or with any other thoughts, email mukilteop-patch@hotmail.com or call 425-737-0351 to speak with Jeanne Crisp, Board Vice-President.   

Join The MCG Watering Team

posted Mar 11, 2020, 4:23 PM by MCG Admin

Welcome, all you new and returning gardeners, to 2020 in the Mukilteo Community Garden.

   We have started some seeds in the Greenhouse, and will be starting more, for plants that will be going into the Food Bank Beds/Giving Gardens this spring.  If you are interested in helping out with the watering and plant care (additional seeding, potting up and eventual transplanting), please send Ann Ramos (goldswort@comcast.net) an email and she will put together a Watering/Grow Team.  The plants and seedlings are tended in the two Greenhouses, outdoor pots of edibles, and when needed, the newly seeded areas of the Food Bank Beds/Giving Gardens.
     If you would like to join the sprinklers, send her a note with the day(s) of the week you prefer; and if you have a fellow gardener or a friend in mind you want to partner with, let her know that as well — being a current renter at the Garden is not a requirement!   Ideally, two people assigned to each day will allow you to trade off or fill in for each other during vacations.   (A quick "sorry, can’t”  note would also be appreciated.)
     Ann will set up an orientation session or two at the Garden for those interested once the team is put together.  
Ann Ramos

Beds Still Available for the 2020 Season

posted Mar 11, 2020, 3:59 PM by MCG Admin

There are still some beds available for rent.  There will be two more orientation sessions, Saturday March 14 and Sunday March 22 from 10am – 11am in the garden.   

At the orientation you will need to pay the annual rental fee (cash or check), sign-up for volunteer hours, and review and sign the rental agreement.  As a reminder the annual fees are: $50.00 (4’X8’), $60.00 (4’X10’), $70.00 (4’X12’). 

10th Anniversary Celebration

posted Aug 22, 2019, 8:11 AM by MCG Admin   [ updated Aug 22, 2019, 8:33 PM ]

On Saturday August 24th, the Mukilteo Community Garden will be having their 10th Anniversary Celebration from 10am - 3pm in the garden.  From 12-1 pm you can meet one of the founders, Lois Brown, and hear her talk about the early days at the garden.  There will also be a special cake cutting celebration at this time.

Pictures will be on display of the garden from the early days until now and hear about what is in store for the next 10 years! 

Come join the fun.  Everyone is welcome, bring family and friends. 

‘It soothes the soul’

posted Aug 22, 2019, 8:00 AM by MCG Admin

Check out the lovely article by Paul Archipley in the August 21 Beacon about the Garden. You can find the article on-line @ Mukilteo Beacon - It Sooths the Soul

    
(Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)

Anyone who loves gardening will tell you it’s as close to communing with God as one can get. And if your garden is producing not just flowers but food, too? Nirvana.

In years past, Seattle exiles who escaped from the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet respite that is Mukilteo longed for some things that were missing from their previous lives.

Among them were Seattle’s P-Patch community garden program. Former City Administrator Joe Hannon said he received calls all the time from people who missed their P-Patch.

Thus, a seed was planted, the idea grew and, in 2009, a group of volunteers and City officials teamed up to open the Mukilteo Community Garden.

This year, marking the garden’s 10th anniversary, gardeners past and present will gather to celebrate. The community is invited to an open house from 10-3 Saturday, Aug. 24. Cake will be cut and served between 12 and 1. The garden is at the top of Japanese Gulch. The entrance is where 44th Avenue West meets 76th Street Southwest.

Among those who will be celebrating is current board president Gloria Flatterich. She learned about the Mukilteo Community Garden from a mentor with the Master Gardener program.

“I got strong-armed,” she laughed. “I had lost my job, and that takes its toll. I learned about the Mukilteo Community Garden, rented a bed, and I was hooked.

“You’ve heard about how gardening helps people with depression? It’s true! I had found my ‘tribe.’ We clicked. I guess it’s because we have common ground between us – or common soil.”

Today, there are 48 beds for rent, ranging in price from $50 to $120, depending on bed size, plus some required “sweat equity.” Fees help cover a variety of expenses, including water, electricity, insurance, maintenance, compost and seeds.

The Mukilteo Community Garden is considered one of the Cadillacs of the community garden world.

That’s one of the reasons long-time gardener Ann Ramos has been renting her bed since the beginning.

A master gardener herself, Ramos heard about efforts to start a garden, and began attending planning meetings.

“It was very well organized,” she recalled. “And there was such enthusiasm. In fact, that’s still the case. It’s quite extraordinary.”

The groundbreaking was just east of a building that was originally a mortuary, later the police department, and just west of the site of a one-time cemetery.

“That led to a joke or two,” Ramos said. “Mr. Hannon said if you don’t dig deeper than 6 feet, you’ll be OK.” (For the record, all bodies had long since been relocated to an Everett cemetery.)

For Ramos and many of the other members, the garden created an opportunity to grow their own food, learn from each other, and join a community of like-minded gardeners.

That’s why Bob Dickensheets and Mary Ollenburg joined, too.

“We were new in town,” Ollenburg said. “Thanks to the Beacon, we heard about the meetings at City Hall and thought it would be interesting.”

Armed with shovels, hoes and other tools, they joined other volunteers at the garden site to begin preparing the land.

“It was all weeds and blackberries,” Dickensheets said. “I took a shovel, shoved it in, and it went ‘clank!’ A contractor helping us said it was all glacial fill, all rocks. We realized we’d have to build raised beds.”

A lot of sweat, effort and aches later, the first beds were ready for planting – late for the first season, but they were on their way.

Long-time members offer similar responses when asked why they garden.

“It’s good therapy,” Ollenburg said.

“It’s an outlet. And the camaraderie is fun,” Dickensheets said.

Master gardeners Lois Brown and Lynette Gardiner, who were instrumental in launching the community garden, agree.

“It soothes the soul,” Gardiner said. “You’re digging in the dirt, taking time to slow down and be quiet. It’s very meditative.”

All of the gardeners are quick to praise each other and the greater community for making the project bloom.

Besides the city itself, a range of individuals, groups, business owners and others have stepped up. The Kiwanis Club helps every year. Boeing employees, too. And Scouts. Master gardeners, of course. There are too many to list here.

“We were being gifted all the time,” Brown said. “It’s the only community garden I know of that’s had this kind of response.”

In turn, gardeners have been generous with their bounty, regularly providing fresh produce to the Mukilteo and Lynnwood food banks. They regularly offer workshops, including classes specifically for kids.

Of course, their needs never go away, either. The wood frames for the raised beds are deteriorating. Greenhouses and fencing need regular maintenance. The list goes on.

Find out for yourself. Visit the Mukilteo Community Garden this Saturday. Who knows, a seed might be planted and germinate in your soul.

"Benchie"

posted Jun 10, 2019, 5:05 PM by MCG Admin

 

 The Royal Garden Bench, the Mukilteo Community Garden's long time mascot, made a glorious comeback to the garden.  The bench, nicknamed "Benchie", was lovingly restored by one of our volunteers and head restoration guy, Bruce Rhynard.  Benchie has plenty of stories to share, just ask Bruce! 

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