Work resumes on Eastlake P-Patch expansion; work parties are this weekend

If you haven’t been to the Eastlake P-Patch lately, stop by and check out the progress volunteers have made on the expansion project.

The garden looks a bit disheveled right now, with lots of mud and rock and unfinished planting beds, but once it’s done it’s going to be spectacular.

After a short break during the worst of the winter weather, the p-patch volunteers are back at it. Work parties take place most Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I stopped by last Sunday when a small group (Tom Naylor and Rebecca and Bryan Partington) were working. Rebecca said Saturdays tend to have the most volunteers.

The expansion project is a perfect example of “sweat equity:” The more you work on the project, the higher up the list you’ll be to get one of the new plots.

The expansion is adding 23 garden plots to the p-patch’s original 27. The older plots are 200 square feet while the new plots will be 100 square feet. The new plots are located on the hill above the original part of the p-patch.

Heavy equipment was brought in last fall for the big earth-moving part of the project. But much of the work has been done by people toting dirt and rocks and granite up the hill, and then digging and move lots of earth.

A new pathway has been sculpted out of the hillside. It connects the lower and upper plots. Ultimately, a bench along the path will provide a quiet place to sit and contemplate the garden.

The Giving Garden, where the food grown is given to local food banks, has been moved to the base of the hill. The water line has been extended to cover the Giving Garden and the new plots and new spigots have been added. Pieces of cement from old city sidewalks are being used to make the walls of the Giving Garden.

At the top of the hill, surplus granite pavers from Westlake Park are waiting to be placed to mark the edges of the new plots. Rebecca and Bryan said the heavy granite was hauled up there by hand by volunteers … well, by wheelbarrow, but you get the idea.

As the project progressed, Bryan said they realized they could squeeze in three or four more plots.

Down by the street, Tom was constructing new handicapped-accessible planting beds. The raised beds are replacing older beds and will allow those with limited mobility to garden.

Rebecca says they hope to have the expansion done in time for the summer growing season.

If you’d like to help out, there’s always room at the work parties. I try to post the work parties at least a week in advance on the Eastlake Ave. Blog calendar. The next work party is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20. 

For more information, check these sources:

  • For information about the expansion project, contact Rebecca and Bryan Partington at or (206) 601-3453.
  • The p-patch is located at 2900 Fairview Ave. E., next to Omstead Park. See the map with this post for the location.
  • For general information about the Eastlake P-Patch, visit the website.
  • For past Eastlake Ave. Blog posts on the Eastlake P-Patch, go here.