In June 2009, the MCA was awarded a grant for $10,000 from King County Partnerships and Grants, which was a matching grant designed to save the county money by depending upon volunteer labor to accomplish the project. But work on the garden began in April 2009 to clear the land, thanks to the kindness of Mirrormont Country Club, who owns the land.
During weekly work parties in 2009, through good weather and bad, we cleared blackberries, removed debris from the site, pulled stumps, leveled and rototilled the ground, installed a French drain, and harvested a lot of rocks. While the thorny blackberries fought back, we emerged scratched but victorious.
First Work Parties: Clearing Himalayan blackberries and alders
Pulling Out Stumps
Installing French Drain
Rototilling & Harvesting Rocks
Sheet-mulching to Suppress Blackberries & Provide Paths
Project Team: Linda Shepherd (Project Manager), Terry Garrido, Kevin & Diane Mashek, Betsy Dahlstrom, Yvette Cardozo, Liz Bromley, Bryan Stempson, Lisa & Ray Roberts, Jim & Maggie Warren, Carol Vekich, Maryfrances Lignana, Sue Kenfield, René Kristof
Carol Vekich & Terry Garrido
During this period, we added an access road to the back gate, built 24 raised beds, installed deer and rodent fencing, filled our plots with Cedar Grove Vegetable Garden Mix generously donated by Cedar Grove, installed a drip irrigation system, and held a plant sale to raise money for a shed.
Adding a Back Access Road to the Park
Project Team: Meg Wade, Linda Shepherd, Ben Pinsky, Terry Meyer
Building Raised Beds
Project Team: Betsy Dahlstrom with Kevin Mashek (Project Managers); Diane & Alec Mashek, Liz Bromley, Carol Vekich, Yvette Cardozo, Chrissie Dahlstrom, Linda Shepherd
Liz Bromley, Betsy & Chrissie Dahlstrom building raised beds in Yvette Cardozo’s “barn” with lumber from Issaquah Cedar & Lumber
Kevin & Diane Mashek, Yvette Cardozo: sawing and loading raised bed frames
Betsy Dahlstrom, Linda Shepherd, Yvette Cardozo, Liz Bromley, Kevin Mashek celebrate completion of 24 raised beds.
Deer Fence & Rodent Barrier Installation
Fence Installation Team: Joe Lapping (Project Manager), Chas & Meg Wade, Linda Shepherd, Betsy Dahlstrom—March 10, 2010
Installing Drip Irrigation System—April 10, 2010
PLANTING! and Plot Styles
Yvette Cardozo’s bed with potato towers and protected tomatoes