Pea patch idea bears fruit

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SNOQUALMIE - Some new gardens may be sprouting up within the city of Snoqualmie.

City parks planners are considering setting up a community garden, or a "pea patch" as they are called in other cities, on land owned by the city.

The land, which would come from flood-prone lots given to the city by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would allow residents to grow anything they wanted.

"We hope to create a community atmosphere with it," said Snoqualmie Parks and Recreation Manager Jeff Mumma. "It's nice to have a place where everyone can go and meet people."

Mumma said the city got the idea from the public garden at Snoqualmie Ridge off Southeast Stellar Way. The Snoqualmie Ridge pea patch is open to Snoqualmie Ridge residents, who can get a 10-foot-by-20-foot plot for a fee of $25 a year through the Snoqualmie Ridge Residential Owners Association. The Snoqualmie Ridge pea patch has 18 plots.

Mumma said he was unsure yet of how the city plans to manage the garden. He said he would prefer to offer plots for free and have them assigned by lottery, but acknowledged there may be some fees involved to cover irrigation costs.

Since the garden would be located on FEMA lots, it would most likely be located near the Snoqualmie River.

Mumma said he would like to see the garden begin to be tended by this spring.

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