Mukilteo Community Garden Story in Mukilteo Beacon
Editor’s note: The Beacon is pleased to debut a new garden column by the Mukilteo Community Garden. Board members will be offering tips on gardening each month.
‘It soothes the soul’
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!
Thank you Boeing Volunteers
On Wednesday, June 5th, approximately 7 Boeing volunteers spent 2 hours working in the garden. The group did a great job! They weeded the front flower beds, set up the rock border, laid fresh soil, laid lots of wood chips, and cleaned out the aluminum greenhouse! Also, thanks to Lorie for stopping by with fruit and muffins.
Thank-you to Lorie Rhynard, Jeanne Crisp and Geoff Higgs (not pictured) for loading and unloading several truckloads of Pacific Garden Mulch that was generously donated by Lydia Stout (a Snohomish County Master Gardener.)
Note From Ann Ramos
Do you ever wonder whether it is worth it? When I took our small offering to the Lynnwood Food Bank, Director Alissa recognized MCG donations immediately, and the volunteer who stopped me briefly in the parking lot was effusive: "Thank You so much for the beautiful produce…You know, I work at the distribution table outside, and it is such a pleasure to announce “fresh picked” to the clients as they come to collect their food choices…”
I saw stacks of canned soup, bakery goods, all sorts of dry goods which the local grocery stores had donated….but fresh produce is a rarity. So, if you have more in your rental beds than you can use, please don’t let it go to waste….donate it — there are a lot of people out there who will be very grateful. Write a note to us.
Thank-you to all the members of Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo and the Kamiak and Mariner high school students who are members of their schools’ Key Clubs for volunteering in the Garden on Saturday, April 20, in honor of Earth Day.
The volunteers helped seed vegetables and transplanted starts in the giving garden beds. The volunteers also helped with weeding, mulching, moving straw bales, and more. Also, thanks to Tony McNulty, the owner of Papa Murphy’s on Mukilteo Speedway for treating the workers to free pizza.
Brassica's Are Sprouting
A seeding work party was held on Saturday, March 9th and the Brassica's are beginning to sprout up! On Saturday, March 30th a large group of gardeners "woke up" the garden. The burlap bags and bricks were removed, compost was mixed in to the soil, stepping stones were put in place, trellises were prepped, and the herb garden was cleaned up.
Gift From the Garden & Quilt Tour Crew
Thank-you to the Mukilteo Way Garden Club and the Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters for donating to the garden a beautiful "Eat Fresh" sign. Judy Scorgie hand painted the sign which will be displayed with pride in the garden!
Thank-you again for the beautiful gift!
The Mukilteo Community Garden was pictured on the front page of the February 13, 2019 issue of the Mukilteo Beacon. Not even the Garden was safe from the most snow Mukilteo has seen in years.
Terry Christopherson sketches the garden. The Travelsketcher is a Mukilteo resident who sketches anything interesting that catches his eye. To see more of Terry’s sketches, visit www.peninkandpaint.com or follow him on Instagram at “thetravelsketcher.”