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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Category: P-Patches and gardens


September 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ancient apple orchard still bears fruit in the city


Sketched Sept. 11, 2014

Harvest time at Piper’s Orchard has started and Don Ricks is up on a ladder, loading handfuls of Tompkins King apples into a bucket strapped to his torso. Every now and then, he throws one to curious passers-by walking on the trail nearby and he’s happy to answer questions.


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March 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

You can’t spell P-Patch without Picardo

Sketched March 13, 2013 It has nothing to do with peas. The P in P-Patch comes from the Picardos, the family of Italian immigrants who farmed the land in Wedgwood where Seattle’s first community garden was established in 1973. “This is a unique Seattle term,” said Milton Tam, a gardener who coordinates the 2-acre site and the…


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August 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Gardeners savor season atop Seattle Center garage

Sketched Aug. 21, 2012 [Click on sketches to see larger versions] The Mercer Garage rooftop P-Patch, which opened in early June, is starting to yield some crops. I tasted a tomatillo from Stephanie Krimmel and Craig Moore’s plot and it was pretty sweet. Who knew you could garden in a few feet of soil laid…


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