Last Saturday my Master Gardener rookie class turned up at a couple of local gardens to do our apprenticeship time pulling weeds and such. It rained all day, but that’s the spring we’re having! The two gardens we worked happened to be the two with the biggest public pea patches in Kitsap County. Since then I’ve poked around the net and found information about a few other smaller gardens as well. Here’s a roundup.
What is a P-Patch?
A p-patch (or pea patch) rents garden plots to members of the general public. You pay a fee for the year and then plant your veggies, flowers, herbs, whatever you like to grow. If you live in an apartment or other space with limited or no garden space, a community garden plot provides a generous space to have your very own garden.
Blueberry Park P-Patch Garden Plots, Bremerton
The City of Bremerton provides 32 publicly available spaces at Blueberry Park. This Pea Patch is administered by the Master Gardener program and a crew of dedicated and hard-working master gardeners. There are still a few plots available here for 2011. Water is provided by the city. This is an excellent flat and sunny space. Gardeners grow peas on trellises, potatoes in tires, and many kinds of vegetables. The Master Gardener demonstration garden includes accessible gardening beds, winter garden examples, and herbs. There are classes and activities throughout the summer.
Raab Park P-Patch, Poulsbo
The fifty-plot community pea patch here adjoins the Youth Garden managed by the Master Gardener program. The Youth Garden has a lot of wonderful demonstrations, including several hoop houses, compost bins, bird and bee houses.
For the p-patch, the city provides water and tools. A sign at the garden directs those interested to call the city’s park department at 360-779-9898.
Battle Point Park, Bainbridge: the island’s web site says this park has a pea patch with 28 plots. Cathy Nickum’s article for Sound Food two years ago has a pretty good description of this site.
Port of Bremerton: the port’s September 2010 newsletter notes that there’s a little 10 plot patch out in the Industrial and Business Parks tended by people who work in the area and managed by Port Sustainability Manager Laura Melrose.
Port Orchard: a Leadership Kitsap article noted that in 2003 a pea patch was created near the Life Care Center on Pottery Avenue. Anyone know what happened to it? Last February there was a discussion about putting in a community garden at Central Park.
Silverdale: Lynsi Burton’s story in the Bremerton Patriot in February mentioned efforts to bring a community garden to the area around the intersection of Waaga Way and Silverdale Way.
Stories about pea patches
“Public gardening takes root”, Lynsi Burton, Bremerton Patriot, Feb. 11 2011
“Community gardening thrives at Battle Point pea patches”, Cathy Nickum, Sound Food, January 11 2009