Sep 14, 2010
My friends and I are planting an herb circle around the two bee hives in the next month or so. We thought it would be good to have some herbs that we could just let go to full flower for the bees very near their hives. That way, we can influence their honey as well as keep people from getting too close accidentally to the hives. The bees need a little bit of a "runway" to aim for the hive, and if people are in their way, there could be trouble. If anyone would like to help clear the soil and plant new herb plants, please email me and we can decide what day works best for everyone.
jayne @ sistersageherbs.com
Jun 30, 2010
Last night I was over at the garden digging out the strawberries and the herb patch. My friend and I are planting three patches of herbs and a place for the bees in the middle! We are going to start with the sage plants from the farm that need transplanting- and then the Thyme and maybe Hyssop since it is evergreen as well. We will probably try to plant some spring and fall bulbs to help provide the most pollen we can- although the blackberries all over the neighborhood are going off the hook right now!
The lettuce and peas will be harvested soon, so I will be planting some cherry Tomatoes and some beans next week and building a hoop house over the row. We will be seeding some quick growing crops like radish and lettuces one last time (maybe) before the fall plantings.
Anyone who wants to join me, call 206-898-2101 and I can tell you when I will be going to the garden to work. When we are planting, you are welcome to take home seeds or plants to grow for yourself, and of course take home some food.
May 20, 2010
May 9, 2010
On the way home I met with another neighbor who wants to help, so I told him he could weed the Rhubarb row when he has time, and we would work out what was to be planted there together. His son is in the culinary program at South Seattle Community College, so he is excited to grow the foods he is learning to cook.
So, I should explain what I have in mind for making your tasks easier in the garden each time you have a few hours or even 30 minutes to visit. I would like any of the core members from previous years to step up and "adopt a row" to weed. We will all help get the row started, then whoever adopts that row will be responsible for implementing the plan that I (Jayne) have mapped out. You can update me or directly onto the site (or facebook) to let us know what is going on with that crop. I hope this will be better for people who don't know what needs doing so they don't go and work.
The other thing we will need is harvesters when that time comes. The vegetables give more food when they are picked more often! We will have a lot of lettuces that will will start maturing into edible size (and will bolt if not harvested) around the same time, so we need to EAT THE FOOD WE PLANTED!! Another project that someone could take charge of is taking things to the food bank when we have abundance. I can work with you to let you know when that will be happening each week- enjoy the beautiful sunny day!
May 4, 2010
We are now going to be a volunteer site for the Spring into Bed event that is taking Seattle by storm this weekend! I will be there from about 9-3, but the volunteers will be there between 10-2, so if you are interested, and would like to help coordinate the volunteers, please email me and I will give you a sector or a project to be in charge of. Before the event we could use a general clean up of the area for safety. Again, contact me if you have any questions- firstname.lastname@example.org. This weekend is also the West Seattle Garage Sale weekend, so spread the word- Saturday is a great day to be in West Seattle.
Apr 30, 2010
We still need to plant the rest of the berries. Jayne will be there around 4 with the plants. We need more rows turned and weeded for the berries and also for the seedlings we have coming along on my porch. If anyone has a warm spot for sprouting summer seeds, I have an extra florescent light to lend you for the job. Come down and talk to Jayne today or email email@example.com.
Apr 28, 2010
The strawberries are here, and need to be planted immediately- I will be available every afternoon for a few hours, so contact me or come on down to lend a hand. We have two rows we could use immediately, but we could also hand turn the south east portion of the garden and plant them there... We will need to move compost whatever the case, so bring a shovel and wheelbarrow if you can.
I saw the line clearing crew yesterday and asked them to dump the chips at the garden, so now we have chips for the paths! I am thinking we should move the giant table somewhere (maybe farther down toward the creek) and put the chips thickly down in the main path first, then, when the crew can get in there, they can drive in and dump the next batch for us to distribute to the smaller pathways.
We need to till again, so if anyone else with a tiller wants to come down and help out, that would be great! We rented a giant tiller, but it would have been nice to use the big one for the bigger job of the first till, with the smaller tillers coming in behind them. We need to till the North side of the garden to plant with a cover crop for the summer! Since it is still raining and a little soggy, we have some time, but because the weeds are growing so quickly there is the problem of getting the weeds down enough to till with the walk behind tiller.... maybe we need goats?
Apr 26, 2010
Hey all, Jayne, Arlo and I got a couple of beds turned and ready for planting yesterday. Arlo and Jayne put some lettuce in the ground as well. We could use many more hands as there is plenty of space to farm. Tell all your friends that have been on p-patch waiting lists for years that there is plenty of space to grow! We also need a tiller, gas weed eater, and fence building material if someone wants to donate and reap the rewards of fresh organic veggies!
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
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Mar 17, 2010
Mar 11, 2010
The "Pea Row" is weeded and trellises are in the ground but need to be strung up. Jeremiah and Arlo got some pea seeds from a farmer friend of theirs and they are going to soak them and we will plant them soon. After we weed the next row, we will locate all the volunteer kale and chard plants and transplant them. After that, the priority is lettuce. I sent a letter to Tomato Bob requesting seeds from them for the project, but I haven't heard back from them yet- They are having crazy sales right now and all through March of 25 cent vegetable packs! March Madness alright with a different selection each week!
Jeremiah has been working on chopping down all the blackberries and the willow tree in front of the fence. That is the spot the tree trimming service used to dump the chips. We would like that to happen again as soon as possible. We also want the truck to back in and dump chips all the way down the middle of the garden path so we can spread them out to the rows easier.
Phil has some wood fence panels that we are going to use to rebuild the North side of the fence, and as soon as we can, we will borrow a tiller and till up 1/2 of the garden for cover crop. (We will use this part of the land for this Fall's crops, and cover the other part for the Winter.)
I am looking for the best price on hoop house plastic, and will get the re-bar and PVC Pipe from McLendon's or Home Depot to make a hoop house for growing tomatoes this Summer, and chard for the Fall.
Feb 2, 2010
learn how to get started in 2010, please join us for this up-close and personal
conversation with a leader in the urban food movement.
Free and Open to the Public!
On February 3rd, 2010, 7 to 9 pm at the Mercer Middle School Auditorium on Beacon
Hill, Creatives4Community in partnership with Seattle Neighborhood Group presents:
A Community Open House with Will Allen -
"Urban Farming: Food Justice for All"
Will Allen, Founder and President of Growing Power, Inc., and 2008 MacArthur Genius
Grant Recipient, shares his experiences and strategies on how to build urban farms
rooted in community building, social and food justice, and sustainable
Seattle has many successful established and emerging programs to reduce hunger and
provide access to healthy, locally grown food. It is time for an evolution,
collaboration and improvement. Join supporters of the local urban farming movement
for an evening of insight, information, and clarity with Growing Power's Will Allen
to discuss and consider ways Seattle and King County residents can strenthen and
advance their role in local food justice.
Allen's "green" work in Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, and other US cities provides
examples of his commitment to making fresh, nutritious food available to everyone as
a way to stimulate economy, improve health, and create green collar employment.
This event will be presented in an "Actors Studio" format and moderated by Seattle's
own Vivian Phillips. The event will be held at Mercer Middle School Auditorium,
located on Seattle's Beacon Hill - 1600 South Columbian Way Seattle, WA 98108
Please join us and for more information please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 508-1260
"This is not just a movement. It's well beyond that. It's a good foods revolution,"
Will Allen, Growing Power, Inc. CEO
This event is sponsored by the Seattle Department of Planning & Development, Vulcan
Inc., Seattle Parks & Recreation Department, Seattle City Schools, and Seattle
Oct 21, 2009
We are waiting for a break in the weather when we will till and plant garlic and onions and a cover crop over some of the garden,and cover other areas with mulch for next spring. There is a giant load of chips coming to line the pathways as well. We have talked about a tentative plan for Sunday October 24th in the afternoon if the weather is nice and there is a heavy duty tiller available. We need to clear the area of existing plants before that, and add to the compost pile (and turn it)..... keep posted for more information. Join us on Facebook at Longfellow Creek Garden!
May 11, 2009
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: C&P Coffee Company – 5612 California Avenue, Seattle, WA
Suggested Donation: $25
Wine Tasting of Northwest Wines
60 tickets available
Contact Event Coordinator at email@example.com
Wine tasting courtesy of Bonnie of QFC, Westwood Village
Prizes, auction items, raffle tickets, opportunities to become a Member of Longfellow Creek Community Garden
Come to C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, on Saturday May 16, 2009 at 6:00pm for The Longfellow Creek Community Garden Annual Spring Fundraiser. This year’s event is a wine tasting of Northwest Wines. Suggested donation is $25.00. Tickets are limited, and available in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or may be purchased at the door.
This highly anticipated event spotlights a wine tasting courtesy of Bonnie, a level one sommelier, of the Westwood Village QFC to include numerous wines from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Owen Sullivan of OS Winery will be stopping by as our guest wine maker and will be pouring his famous red. There will also be prizes, donated auction items and raffle tickets. Come sample some local wine, mingle with the Longfellow Creek Community Garden Mentors Board and other West Seattle gardeners.
This is our main fundraiser for the year and your support will assist Longfellow Creek Community Garden in purchasing the tools, seedlings and supplies needed for this summer and fall growing seasons.
Longfellow Creek Community Garden is a quarter-acre neighborhood garden located in West Seattle. Our goal is to provide the West Seattle and White Center communities with access to an area for growing nutritious food and expert education on all aspects of growing vegetables in the Pacific Northwest. We offer many levels of involvement regardless of ability to pay. We are actively enrolling new garden members and have bi-weekly educational seminars scheduled.
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
Dec 24, 2008
There was a literal blanket of snow over the Longfellow Creek Garden on Dec 23rd. We made our way around taking pictures of the soft pillows that were once rows of veggies this summer. The structures from the tomato row and a few collard greens were sticking through the snow. Check out a few more pictures at my Flickr account. Lets meet in January to talk about what we want to grow next year!
Jayne, Sherpa and Arlo met Phil and his gang at the garden to make snow angels and throw snowballs at each other and to the doggies.
Oct 24, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
Thanks to Sally, Sandy, Ryan, Audrey, Jeremiah, Carmen & Nicholas, and Palmer for coming to help plant the garlic, which required a lot of diggin and weed pullin!
Sunday October 19
12:00 to 4:00
2nd round of garlic planting at Longfellow!
Check out http://www.urbanlandarmy.com/ - a local program for helping people organize urban farming projects....
Also, Sustainable West Seattle is having a planning meeting for a local food dinner. Check out
the meeting details are:
Wednesday October 22, 6:15-7:45, at the Southwest Branch Library in West Seattle (9010 35th Ave SW - on 35th, Bus Route 21). - Please note this is a different library than the one we met at last.
Oct 13, 2008
Garlic is planting in October and harvest in July. We will need to get straw to lay down as mulch - if anyone is at halloween / harvest parties and there are decorative bales of hay can you snag em'?
Please email me to rsvp by emailing zach
and / or calling 425.367.9133
Aug 9, 2008
Self-reliance: Disciplined people, Discipline Thought, Disciplined Action.
Small steps, relentlessly taken will create durable people and communities, economic lifeboats. There may not be time to save everyone, but there is time for everyone to save themself. Start simple by asking everyone to plant a garden.
1. Each person is responsible for self-reliance.
2. Builds agricultural skills and a sense that we are part of the land.
3. Cuts food-miles and reduces oil dependence.
4. Strengthens the social fabric with confidence that we are durability from famine caused by oil shortage.
5. Affirms by action that we can and will prevail. We need only exercise our liberty and responsibility.
Jul 28, 2008
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 14, 2008
The 1st Annual Food Garden Tour in West Seattle is coming up, which is of course our favorite event of the year (or at least we hope it will be)! Guess who's gonna be on the tour!!!!! Longfellow Creek Garden is less than a year old, but it's otfwdh (off-the-fricken-wicked-dope-hook) anyway! Which is why of course, we have been selected. Here's the blurb:
We are planning the 1st Annual Food Garden Tour in West Seattle. Our goal is to meet other gardeners, have fun, and share information/inspiration with others who are committed to growing food in an urban environment. By visiting each other’s gardens we can learn what works in different locations with a variety of approaches.
YEAH! ALRIGHT! Ok so what you need to know is this:
It's August 2 from 10am to 2pm.
There will be between 6 and 10 gardens, a map, directions, etc. You go at your own pace. There'll be someone at each garden to show you around and give you info.
Wow!! Now you're like "omfg (oh my fricken goddess), how do I learn more?" Well you stay tuned that's how. We're gonna get more info up here real soon! SEE YOU THEN!
Jun 9, 2008
This is a wonderful gift to the Garden and we are incredibly grateful to Cedar Grove Compost. We will work the compost into our soil, use it as topdressing around our plants when they get a little bigger, and use it in our own compost pile as needed to balance it and promote rapid decomposition.
Jim will be delivering it in his big ol' work truck. We are continually amazed at the support for neighborhoods interesting in developing their own food systems.
Please visit http://www.cedar-grove.com/ to look at other products and services they might be able to offer you as you garden organically at home.
Jun 3, 2008
Jun 2, 2008
Jun 1, 2008
Alongside the sugar snaps are some mustard greens. The big grassy patch in the foreground is winter rye and vetch that I cover cropped over some soggy clay soil.
May 18, 2008
May 16, 2008
Farmer Jayne is pictured working on the sod to get the weeds out!
We have all been working hard to turn over the sod, weed out the invasives and break up soil clumps.
After the beds are ready we fertilize and transplant. Here is a row of Sugar Snap Peas and a row of Corn.
May 13, 2008
May 7, 2008
May 4, 2008
Jeremiah and I planted radishes, corn, 3 kinds of zuchini, cilantro, sunflowers, and "super sugar snap peas." We have a lot more of the sugar snap pea starts right now b/c of Vince's donation from 21 Acres. Getting these planted is a priority.
Jen planted mustard greens.
I also cover cropped some patches of ground that are very much clay with winter rye and vetch to try and break up some of that clay and build it up for next season.
Using lots of organic fertlizers like chicken manure (nitrogen), Rock Phosphate (calcium and phosophorous), bloodmeal (nitrogen), and dolomite lime (calcium and magnesium, sweetens soil to lessen acid conditions). Soil in the pacific northwest is slow to respond to compost because generally cool temperatures slow down the microbial action that makes the nutrients in compost available to vegetables.
As a result, for first time gardens it behooves folk to add powdered or pelleted ammendmnets because they are, comparatively speaking, immediately available. The are activated first by tilling them into the soil at their recommended application rates (almost always explained on the packaging) and second by watering them in once they are there.
May 3, 2008
planted from starts (thanks Vince for the donation!)...zuchini, corn, super sugar snaps
also covered a very clay/marginal patch of ground by the creek with winter rye and vetch to cover crop it and start breaking it up.
Apr 24, 2008
I already have some pumpkins, cukes, leeks, peppers, cilantro, peas and tomatoes started. Once the rows are ready, we will be able to plant some of these things right into the ground. We will need to construct a hoop house for the tomatoes and peppers, and if the Okra and Melons come up, we can put those in as well. If there are any construction people out there who would like to lend a hand with that, please contact me.
Hope to see you there!
Apr 22, 2008
I think I will be using a shovel to turn over the sod to make beds. It was just too wet to really succeed with the tiller. Hard work! But important.
Apr 21, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
Apr 8, 2008
Adrian Ryan, long-time Stranger contributer posted this about us on The Stranger's fantastic blog, called "Slog." Check it out. Thank Adrian if you want...his email is: email@example.com.
Apr 7, 2008
That same year that Lynnette & Chris were in Carnation, I was an intern at Growing Things Farm (www.growingthingsfarm.com) All the interns hung out quite a bit. We worked all week and relaxed at each other’s respective farms on the weekends. Often, we'd all be selling at our various stalls at the Carnation farmers market. We were a close community and still are 2 years later.
Chris was talking to Eric about Longfellow and it turns out that Becky used to garden Longfellow when she lived in Seattle. She was 28, it was 1999, and she had just completed an organic farm internship. The very year she was interning, John and Francis Smersh were starting the original Longfellow Creek Garden (so, 1998 I think). Becky gardened for several more years at Longfellow until interest died away and 10 years later still continues to farm.
It is an auspicious discovery to hear that Longfellow has been part of the journey of folks like Becky. All of the farms I’ve mentioned are cornerstones of sustainable, organic agriculture in Washington. They all educate interns like Becky, Lynette, and myself and those interns overwhelmingly stay involved in local food production. Please check them out.
Apr 6, 2008
Apparently LFCG was founded by Laura Love, a folk musician. See: http://www.lauralove.net/ for more about her and: http://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=6699#comment-169991 for the comment in which "John" explains our GARLICKY hidden past.
Apr 5, 2008
We have already had 3 volunteers confirm just from this post! Keep up the good work everyone.
Apr 3, 2008
Longfellow Creek Garden is a 1/4 parcel of land that we are restoring into a functioning, food producing garden. The project is run through Growing Washington, a nonprofit devoted to revitalizing the local food industry in Western Washington.
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: 2311 SW Myrtle St., Seattle, WA 98106
(Just off Delridge and near the Home Depot in West Seattle)
Park at 2133 SW Myrtle St., 98106. From there volunteers will walk over to the garden, which is about a block away.
Project Leader: Zach Zink
Details: Clearing a perimeter with leaf raking and bramble clipping. Spreading mulch, painting,and weed whacking. Clearing obstacles out of rows to get ready for tilling, making a compost pile.
Bring gloves and wear boots. If you have rakes, hedge clippers, branch cutters, and other misc. lawn care tools, please bring them. We will have an assortment of tools on hand.
At 4:00 PM, when the work is over, we plan to celebrate by tilling the first row. Vince Felice from 21 Acres Farm in Woodinville has graciously donated his time and his 26 horsepower tiller to tackle the rows!
RSVP to Zach by Friday, April 11, 2008.