Thursday, March 26, 2009

A visit to our P-Patch

On a very gray day, the rain had paused so we decided to see what was happening at our local P-Patch (Seattle's Community Gardens.)

The gardens are still very sleepy, but Little Ita was delighted to wander the secret passageways.

Isn't that so perfect for Seattle? Gardens asleep under coffee bean covers. Ah yes, the apiary, my absolute favorite area. Give Bees a Chance.

Explore with your child the nature of growing food. Visit a p-patch regularly and watch the process unfold. Here's directions to your local patch and the magnificent Picardo Farm, 98,000 sq. ft., is worth a leisurely wander. "As the original Seattle community garden, it has the longest term gardeners; dedicated people who have worked for years at tilling the soil and cultivating the program. It is also unique in having the longest quack grass roots in the city, the greatest number of comfrey plants per acre, and the most numerous slugs in the universe."

We ended our day with a nice fat juicy worm and our two favorite books about the hard-working little pink earthy marvels. Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel. Wiggle and Waggle by Caroline Arnold.

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