Pollinating CARE for Meadowbrook Orchard

Meadowbrook Community Garden and Orchard (MCGO) has the benefit of knowledgeable and caring stewards, both in the community garden (Sue M) and in the orchard (John S). Working with Meadowbrook / Seattle Parks on-site management and NE lead gardener, these dedicated lead volunteers are constantly looking to improve and care for this ‘learning’ site as a community asset.

Early this year John S met with Seattle Parks NE lead gardener and the volunteer community group that is MCGO. The goal of the gathering was to enhance the growing system and improve opportunity for successful harvests and healthy orchards. There was consensus and approval on introducing plantings that helped with the pollination process.

Mason Bee Boxes and buckwheat plantings are the most prominent at this time but there is agreement that annual focus on this task will be of great benefit to the plantings that have been added over the years. Since 2011 fig, quince, apple, mulberry and plum trees have been added to the site.  The additional yearly challenge has been to secure a dedicated summer watering source.  With the help of Seattle Conservation Corp, the Orchard has been able to get the water that is needed.  The Meadowbrook / Seattle Parks Advisory Council provides the funds to make that happen. Consider a bee box in your garden!  Buckwheat is easy to grow and is very beneficial to your garden.

Mason Bee box at the Meadowbrook Orchard (kiosk)
Mason Bee box at the Meadowbrook Orchard (kiosk)
Signage in Orchard describing and defining the benefits of buckwheat
Signage in Orchard describing and defining the benefits of buckwheat
 Buckwheat in full bloom at the Fig Orchard
Buckwheat in full bloom at the Fig Orchard
Buckwheat getting an early start along the Fig Orchard
Buckwheat getting an early start along the Fig Orchard
Signage at the Orchard explaining benefits
Signage at the Orchard explaining benefits