28 Feb 2012, 4:02pm

by

2 comments

Garden FAQ

Q: What is the Ravenna Community Garden?

A: It is an edible garden, in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle, for the community to use and enjoy. It is located at the north end of the large playfield of the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.

Volunteers in the neighborhood donate their time, talents and treasures to building and maintaining the garden and the grounds.

The produce grown is shared by gardeners, contributed for community meals and donated to various people and organizations.

This garden is the first of its kind for the Seattle Parks and Recreation system. A second community garden at the Meadowbrook Community Center is in now up and running, and the Beacon Hill Food Forest is developing rapidly.

Q: What is the difference between a  “p-patch” and a “community garden?”

A: Both are garden spaces set aside for use by the community; however, p-patch plots are leased spaces where the produce grown therein is the property of the paying gardener.

What we mean by “community garden” is that anyone in the community may play an active role in both tending and benefiting from the garden. The garden space and materials are donated and/or set aside for use by the community (in this case, by Seattle Parks and Recreation, a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and grassroots support).

There are meetings that interested community members may  attend to learn more about the garden. See the Calendar on this site.

Q: Who can volunteer to work in the garden?

A: Anyone, regardless of horticultural expertise! All you need is a willingness to be outdoors, the ability to work with a group, and the desire to learn more about where food comes from.

Q: Who is responsible for watering the garden?

A: Right now a watering schedule is in place where a different volunteer has been assigned to a specific day of the week . It is that person’s job to check the soil on that day and determine if watering is needed or not.

If you would like to get on the schedule, simply attend a garden meeting at the community center or email us. Training will be provided! This is one of the most critical and EASY jobs you can help with!!

Q: What sort of material are the beds build out of?

A: The raised beds are constructed with a engineered product called Trex, a composite material (combination of wood and plastic) that will stand up to the elements for MANY years to come (a prerequisite for building the garden on city property).

More information about the product can be found at the manufacturer’s website, here: What is Trex?

Q: How do you plan to keep dogs out of the garden beds?

A1: For now, we are relying on pet owners to control their animals and keep them from jumping into the garden beds. Barriers may be set up in the future, if it becomes necessary to do so.

A2: Technically, it is illegal for dogs to be off-leash in Seattle parks (SMC 18.12.080  Animals running at large prohibited).

There are 11 designated off-leash areas in Seattle, and one of them is a short distance away at Warren G. Magnuson Park. We encourage dog owners to make use of this and other designated off-leash areas.

Q: Are there any plans in place for donating produce to a local foodbank?

A: Yes! Donating to those in need is one of the plans for the garden’s produce. There is hope that the bounty of the garden is enough to provide for all of the plans for it (food banks, community meals, community center programming and harvest volunteers, for example) but some of that is up to Mother Nature.

18 Jul 2012, 3:18pm
by Dianna Marshall


Would you please tell me the name of the tall skinny pink or fuschia flowers currently blooming beside the bachelors buttons?

Hi Dianna, and sorry to be so late in responding. I think the flowers you are thinking of are a form of Clarkia amoena, a plant native to the Pacific Nothwest, and named after William Clark of the famous Lewis an Clark. I am not positive of that, but it seems to be very happy here. We have LOTS of seeds if you are interested in having some.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *