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Get it Growing: Sign up for community garden plot
Do your kids like to play in the dirt? Would you like them to know more about growing vegetables? Maybe there is some “common ground” in these two interests!
Would you like to have a garden but have too little space, or too much shade, or too little time to change your lawn into a vegetable garden? Do you know someone who is a “newbie” to gardening and wants to learn? Or maybe you know someone who has always loved gardening and no longer has a garden space.
A community garden plot might be the answer to more than one of your gardening interests. Whether you live in Sequim or Port Angeles you have options and opportunities!
The Community Organic Garden of Sequim (www.sequim-web.net/cogs/) coordinates two organic community gardens. One garden is on Fir Street behind St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (525 N. Fifth St.). This location is very close to downtown Sequim yet has the feel of being more rural.
Both in-ground plots and raised beds are available. In-ground and raised beds are $45 for a calendar year; the fee includes water, seeds and limited instruction on growing organically.
The second Sequim community garden, the June Robinson Memorial Park garden, is at Spruce Street and Sunnyside Avenue (even the location sounds idyllic!).
This downtown garden is administered by the City of Sequim and is located close to eateries and shops. A 10- by 10-foot plot or a 4- by 10- foot raised bed at the June Robinson garden is $45 for a calendar year; the fee includes water, some seeds, limited instruction on growing organically and use of garden tools.
Both Sequim plots follow the P-patch model where an individual rents a space and is responsible for growing and harvesting within that space. Raised beds and in-ground plots are assigned on a first-come basis. To reserve your space at the Fir Street location contact Liz Harper at 683-7698. For the June Robinson Garden at Spruce and Sunnyside, contact Pamela Ray at 582-2447 or 912-3421.
And in Port Angeles ...
The Vineyard Community Garden, located in Port Angeles at the corner of Ahlvers and Peabody, on property owned by the Olympic Vineyard Christian Fellowship, was featured on the 2012 Master Gardeners Petals and Pathways tour. There are 60, 10-foot by 10-foot plots available for organic gardening; gardeners are asked to share in general maintenance.
The Vineyard Garden has a tall fence to discourage deer. Water and compost bins are included in the annual $35 plot fee. The gardening year at Vineyard runs from March 1 through the end of February. Call soon to avoid a waiting list. Call Chris McDaniel at 912-4876.
The Fifth Street Community Garden is located at 328 E. Fifth St. in Port Angeles, south of the Vern Burton Community Center. Created in 2011, it is an example of an exceptionally exciting and successful community garden. There are 54 plots at the Fifth Street Garden. These plots are 9 feet by 12 feet (108 square feet) and rent for $35 for the season that runs from March 1 to the end of February.
A new community garden is being developed on Eleventh Street between A and B streets in Port Angeles. This will be a communal garden where everyone works together to grow and share the produce rather than the individual plot or P-patch model of the Fifth Street Garden.
For more information or to request space at either the Fifth Street Community Garden or at the Eleventh Street Garden, go to the following website: pacommunitygardens.org.
Last summer at a local community garden I watched a 4-year old boy excitedly dig potatoes and count to his father how many potatoes were blue and how many were white. What fun! He was playing in the dirt, learning his numbers and discovering where potatoes grow!
Call soon, these community garden plots are very popular!
Judy English is a Washington State University-Certified, Clallam County Master Gardener.