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P-Patch Community Gardens

Colman Park P-Patch

A Morning Garden

Colman Park is one of the Seattle Parks designed by Olmsted and meanders down to Lake Washington Blvd. The P-Patch is located in the same spot as an old Parks nursery. The garden plots terrace down a hill and gardeners pride themselves in growing vegetables even though many plots get more sun then others. The heaviness of the air, laden with blackberries, lures the whole neighborhood into Colman Park. Summer is at its peak. Wander through and enjoy the views: each terrace of the site reflects a different gardening style. One gardener experiments with exotics - saffron crocus, water chestnuts, wine grapes, and a heavy mulch/no weeding method. Down one level is a highly productive, meticulously weeded garden where one can see the latest methods for increasing yields - floating row covers, trellises, cloches, weed barriers. Just a little way down the hill is the herb specialist, followed by the flower devotee, and a Midwestern garden with straight rows of corn. Colman Park faces east, toward Lake Washington, and wakes early. The birds sing at the first pink light; neighbors walk their "leashed" dogs. The dew rests lightly, and by late afternoon the blackberries call out to be eaten, "Pie", "Pancakes", "Cobbler".

If you are interested in the potential of gardening here get on the Interest List, you can do that by clicking here.

Directions

(Map)

From Downtown:

  1. Take the I-5 South / I-90 East ramp towards Bellevue/Spokane
  2. Merge onto I-90 east and get into the right lane as soon as possible
  3. Take the Rainier Ave S exit, exit #3
  4. Turn Right on Rainier Ave S
  5. Turn Left at first light on S Massachusetts St
  6. Turn Right on Bradner Pl S
  7. Turn Left on S Grand St
  8. Turn Left on 31st Ave S
  9. Turn Right on S Atlantic St
  10. Turn Right on 32nd Ave S
  11. --The P-Patch is two blocks north at the end of a dead end street.

 

 
Address

1716-28 32nd Ave S (Map)

Details

Size: 14,000
Established: 1974
Number of plots: 40
Plot Size: 100-400 sq'
Average wait: 1 year
Ownership of land: City of Seattle, Park & Recreation

Features

Year round gardening only

Small orchard

Bus Routes

14

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