Welcome to the Community Garden Announcement page! Here you will find information about the garden and links you may find interesting or helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria Andrews or call 253-856-5110.
Preparing the garden:
Park Operations staff roto-till the soil twice to prepare the garden each season. The second tilling is as close as possible to the opening, weather permitting.
The 2013 season opens on April 1 and ends October 27. All gardeners must remove temporary structures, plant material and debris by that day.
Gardener Laura Williamson took it upon herself to take four soil samples from the garden and turn them in to the King Conservation District for a Soil/Metals Analysis Report. Thank you, Laura!
Soil/Metals Analysis Report Results (PDF, 1,368KB)
Understanding Your Soil Analysis Report (PDF, 1,734KB)
Gardeners are allowed to park in the Bishop Store House parking lot during business hours. Bishop Store House parking hours are as follows:
- Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other places to park:
- Curb on 64th Ave and James
- Kent Valley Ice Center
- Neely O'Brien Elementary School
Have you ever wondered where the rocks go after you pull them out of the garden? This is a picture of the rain garden here on the City Hall campus, constructed using the rocks from the P-Patch. By recycling the rocks, the city did not have to pay to dispose of them!
- Questions on what or how to plant? Get familiar with the Garden Hotline for free gardening advice!
- Not sure what to plant next to what? Take a look at this website on companion planting to get the most out of your garden.
- Garden journal, manager and organizer. Free garden tracking application - track, organize and share your plantings from seedling to harvest.
| Compost Bin:
- Please take the time to replenish the path around your plot with 2-4 inches of mulch throughout the season. You may amend the soil inside your plot with manure if the gardeners group organizes an order. However, the city asks that you not use the chips as mulch inside your plot.