Mukilteo Community Garden: Putting the garden to bed

By Kathleen LaFrancis Eaton | Nov 01, 2017

The growing season is sadly, coming to an end. Mukilteo Community Garden (MC) volunteers are still gathering the last of the harvest from its 1,900 square feet of giving beds. Fifty-five households of pea patch bed owners work 41 garden beds. The late, hot summer yielded 1,400 pounds of produce for local food banks and senior centers but not without a lot of coaxing and loving work by gardeners of many skill levels.

Master Gardeners help teach and lead those who want to learn more at MCG both in the giving beds and those who rent, for a nominal fee, pea patch beds to grow vegetables and flowers for their homes. Throughout the season there is a spirit of cooperation as each bed owner also volunteers to help in the giving beds and with their neighbors. Everyone learns from those who know more. When a bed owner is gone they ask others to water for them and place a market to offer their ripe produce to be added to the food bank donation.

Community is the key word in our name. Our mission is to grow healthy community through gardening. And you can feel it in the quietude that pervades the greenery and burst of fruit and vegetables at harvest. After only nine years, the garden draws dozens of families’ year after year. Yet there are always spaces open for newcomers. Many remain involved even after they no longer maintain their own garden at MCG.

As a growing, lively part of the Mukilteo community there are many roles to be filled. Ongoing projects call for maintenance of irrigation systems, carpenter skills, someone to lay a few square feet of cement, design a small shed, build a fence or gazebo, replace a door or any number of odd jobs. Just as in any garden there are always weeds to be pulled, seeds to be planted, plants to be watered, vegetables to be harvested. Most folks find these to be meditative and fulfilling tasks. Undoubtedly, you will find yourself feeling better for doing them than not. The garden will make you stronger. It helps make Mukilteo Strong!

MCG is open and alive with volunteers on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon and again Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon through November 4. That Saturday is our official Putting the Garden to Bed day. Please join us at least once before then. Consider how you wish to become a part of the garden. Look us up at www.mukilteogarden.org.

Kathleen LaFrancais Eaton is a Pacific Northwest mystery writer, known for her books Eagles Reach and Salish Sea. Eaton also writes, teaches and raises funds for the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

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