July 18, 2015
On June 15, after four years of lugging water, we turned on a spigot. Wow! The sound of water rushing into a bucket; it actually took some getting used to! What a wonderful resource, especially with this record hot and dry summer. Our cisterns were installed just after the big February storms so we must rely mostly on City water this summer. The cost of both the cistern and City water installations were paid for by a City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Grant.
We had to start watering early this year, May 25th, and it takes about three hours per week to water all of the plants. Thanks to those who help with watering: Jennifer, Justin, Nancy, Joan and 37 youngsters from the Kids Co summer care program at McDonald elementary.
Access to water allows us to test out a few vegetables this summer. I picked our first Anaheim pepper July 6 and it was just a little start when it was planted May 25th!
In the next several months, we will construct garden beds and a path. Volunteers are picking up pieces of concrete from construction sites and piling them up to frame garden beds and make an herb spiral. In August, a professional will take up grass to make way for the path. We will recycle that good soil onto the garden beds.
Can you identify this flower? (See photo of flower & leaf.) There is a vote for hibiscus and for white swan. Nature brings in some challenging plants to the orchard but this newcomer is lovely.
We need a sign maker. You just need to design a template, have it reviewed, and then order the signs. We will need to post signs relating to safety during path construction so we need a design by August 8. Can you help?
We need help recruiting volunteers for the August 22 & 23 gravel work party. Please Please email us if you can find a volunteer or two.
Tues, Aug 4, 6-9, Night Out
Bring a dish and utensils.
Sat, Aug 22, 10-2, Path Building
Sun, Aug 23, 10-2, Path Building
Sun, Aug 23, 11-12, Qi Gong
No experience necessary
Also, help report illegal dumping at the orchard. The City of Seattle has a new mobile app for reporting illegal dumping, abandoned vehicles, potholes, and streetlights that need repair.
You can also use their online service request form. (http://www.seattle.gov/customerservice/request.htm)
Or, call this number: Illegal dumping -206-684-7587
Thank you for all that you do for gardening and community.