We welcome two new gardeners this year. Many of the gardeners are building up their plots. As we continue to grow, we are becoming a stronger community learning and working together.
Our food bank plots are looking great, we have peas, beans, spinach, chard, raddishes, tomatoes zucchini and other squash, and cucumbers. We have already delivered radishes and spinach to our local food banks.
One of our new gardeners definately has a green thumb. Her plot is already producing zucchini in mid June.
Building raised beds or boxes has been the theme in the last few years. We created an Herb garden so all gardeners could harvest herbs from this area rather than the herbs taking up space in their plots. Some of our gardeners have divided their plots into sections containing boxes which makes their plot easier to work with.
Our mild spring has allowed gardeners to get an early start and their plots are thriving. We are in for a great growing season.
The 29th Street Garden is the first community garden to be constructed in Anacortes and opened in spring of 2009. We hope to have more community gardens sprouting up in the future. This garden is part of the Anacortes Parks & Recreation program and the public is welcome to visit the garden and meet our gardeners – please respect our garden’s plots, plants, and garden fixtures. We’re often visited by individuals walking their dogs or just interested in see what’s growing throughout the year. Pets are not allowed in the garden, but our four-legged friends are welcome to enjoy looking at the garden from outside the fence and can often find a bowl of water waiting for them.
In spring of 2010, raised bed garden plots and wide, packed gravel pathways were added to the garden to accomodate seniors, individuals with physical limitations, and to be accessible by wheelchair. Reserved handicapped parking spaces are available adjacent to the raised bed garden plots. You can learn more about our accessible plots and designing for accessible gardening here. The inclusion of children’s plots, as well as designing to accommodate needs of seniors, enables us to serve a diverse community of gardeners.
Our gardening community works together to maintain the common areas of the garden, produce soil-building compost, and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with their fellow gardeners and the community. Our gardeners love to spend their free time cultivating their plots and include: