- Demonstration Gardens
- Accessible Raised Beds
About The P-Patch
Haller Lake P-Patch
(submitted by Carolyn Crockett)
Haller Lake P-Patch (HLPP) was constructed on Haller Lake United Methodist Church property in 1998, with a Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF)grant from Department of Neighborhoods, fiscal sponsorship from Friends of P-Patch (now GROW), and a letter of support from the Haller Lake Community Club. Since then, the P-Patch has flourished and provides organically grown produce for families gardening at HLPP. Also, gardeners are able to donate about 1000 pounds of produce per year from the P-Patch to local food banks, primarily North Helpline in Lake City.
HLPP's public areas provide aesthetic enhancement to the neighborhood with flowers on the street edges, shady seating areas, and a children's play area. Visitors are often seen strolling the paths, and admiring or photographing our community garden. A butterfly garden and native plants and trees attract urban wildlife. From our P-Patch we have seen 36 bird species, 6 mammal species, 7 butterfly species and numerous other invertebrates.
After 17 years, though, the cedar used in the raised beds was deteriorating and the two elevated accessible beds were collapsing. Another NMF grant was awarded for the project and the beds rebuilt in 2015. The new bed material is made of wood chips and concrete and is expected to last up to 30 years. Renovations began in March 2015 and included rebuilding two elevated accessible beds and accessible paths, creating new compost bins, and making a new patio from recycled concrete roof tiles. A new wash station was made from a sturdy table from University of Washington Surplus and a sink from Second Use. New planters and benches were added along the north border. Every Summer, Haller Lake P-Patch hosts an Open Garden celebration for neighbors and anyone interested in community gardening.
If you are interested in designing, building, or gardening in this P-Patch or another P-Patch, find out more about the P-Patch sign-up process here. To sign up as a P-Patch participant, call 206-684-0264, email email@example.com, or sign up online.