Community Garden Group


Community Garden Group

Includes people who would like to be part of existing or start a community garden. Carnation Tree Farm community garden group will begin planning this years garden in January. Be sure to stay tuned for meeting information.

Location: Carnation Tree Farm
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Jan 24, 2014

Discussion Forum

Welcome Jody and Suzanne!! 1 Reply

Just wanted to give you a warm welcome!  I am new, too.  :-)

Started by Patti Nelson. Last reply by Jody Rutledge Feb 20, 2010.

Is there a meeting tomorrow (Feb. 21st)? 1 Reply

Time?  Is it 10:00 again?  Potluck or no? Thanks! PattiContinue

Started by Patti Nelson. Last reply by Mary Crane Feb 20, 2010.

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Comment by Wendy McConnell on January 24, 2014 at 3:10pm

Hello, I'm new here and am very interested in participating in a community garden. Is this still active? I would love to learn more.

Comment by David Bach on January 24, 2012 at 1:54pm

I'm looking forward to being a part of this group - and growing some nice veggies!

Comment by Kristy Trione on January 4, 2011 at 8:19pm

If you'd like to help plan a community seed swap event, you are welcome to come to our house Wednesday evening 7:30 (Jan.5) 

2819 280th Ave NE Redmond 98053

We hope to see you!


Comment by Stephanie Ostrea on May 4, 2010 at 9:31am
Hello Everyone,

I have a very large space for a garden if anyone needs space.
I am preparing soil now. I live about 2 miles up Woodinville-Duvall Rd
from Duvall.

Comment by Mary Crane on April 9, 2010 at 9:05am
I use a general all purpose organic fertilizer for most everything, whichever garden I am in. Overwintered crops (garlic, strawberries, etc.) I fertilize early with kelp meal, then mid spring with an all purpose. I use bone meal on legumes, and I plant a lot of legumes. I put down crimson clover in the fall on the years I get that far, and I pay attention to what grew where most recently when considering the needs of the current planting - I'll put the heavy feeders where I had nitrogen fixers most recently, root crops less so. I add what compost I have to the beds that seem the most in need, depending on history, and every couple of years I remember to lime. I've never done a soil test. I'm not terribly scientific about it, I just pay attention to the feel and texture and performance of my soil, and I have fine results.

If you are going to use a composted manure vs. a sterilized manure you buy, make sure you now what weeds grow where it cam from and you are willing to introduce them into your garden. You might want to try kelp meal to bring up the nitrogen, or plant peas or beans or clover among your crops to fix the nitrogen for them.
Comment by Jody Rutledge on February 20, 2010 at 11:26am
I'm new here, but am interested in Community gardening. I live in Duvall so Suzanne's place would be a great place for me to have a spot. I've not gardened since I was a kid and helped in the family garden in Nebraska, but would love to have the opportunity to do this!
Comment by Heidi Bohan on February 3, 2010 at 10:54am
Just an FYI; the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is starting Wednesday-Sat. After years of not thinking this was for me, I finally went and haven't missed a year yet if I can help it. I am going on Friday 5th all day for a series of workshops (by some of the best) which include how to make aerated compost tea by Jeff Loewenfels (who also has a book on soils that I will get), creating meadows (by Greenlee whose books I own), extending the season, growing fruit in container (by Sam Benowitz, owner Raintree Nurseries!), beginning gardens, etc. There area also lots of amazing garden displays, with more and more focus on edible and sustainable, (all which make the entry fee worth it) and lots of vendor booths with seeds/plants/tools, etc. I will leave around 8:30 here at the farm and likely return early evening, if anyone wants to carpool. best to email direct:
Comment by Patti Nelson on January 24, 2010 at 11:48am
I assume this will be at The Loft?
Comment by Mary Crane on January 21, 2010 at 4:34am
Welcome Suzanne! It's great to hear someone else has community space to offer. I am one of the original members of the Nookta Rose Community Garden at Carnation Tree Farm, soon to enter it's fourth season. We have a combination of private plots and a communal area where we grow space consuming crops such as corn and squash. Last year we added a greenhouse which is divided up into shares. Every year is different as we build and learn from the previous year.

We are having an initial meeting for this season on Sunday the 7th at 10 AM in the Loft at the tree farm, followed by a potluck lunch. If you would like to join us to get an idea of what we do in our garden you are more than welcome.

We are having our initial meeting to see who is retuning and using what space before adding new members to our garden.
Comment by Suzanne Pickering Siko on January 20, 2010 at 11:46pm
I have been gardening on our family farm (the Pickering family) for a couple of years now. We are located at the roundabout between Carnation and Duvall, and have the space for a larger community garden for those who may live closer to Duvall. We are working on getting a greenhouse up in the next couple weeks. My goal for this year is to grow enough extra for 5 additional families (May-Sept). I'm looking for local families who may be interested in either renting a garden plot or buying weekly produce. I still have so much to learn, and am excited about TSV!

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