Gardening where the high rises grow

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (sometimes), and JoJo Tran wants you to fall in love. Spring is the perfect time to begin a new romance…with your garden.

JoJo has been planting and harvesting vegetables as a community gardener in Seattle’s Cascade P-Patch for 20 years. He’s seen plenty of changes in the neighborhood, but this little patch of nature continues to be an oasis in the midst of the steel, glass, and concrete of South Lake Union.

For JoJo, spending time in the garden is all about staying “down to earth.” Planting offers time for meditation and harvesting means sharing the bounty with friends and strangers alike.

QUOTABLE: “Many people who know me — they fall in love with the garden.” —JoJo Tran

FUN FACT: Mid-April is a good time to plant your salad greens in Seattle. JoJo has already harvested some mustard greens and chocolate mint from his P-Patch.

CHECK IT OUT: Interested in planting your own summer crops? Check out Seattle’s P-Patch gardens, a network of city-owned community gardens that are open to everyone.

By Eric Keto
Eric is a video producer based in Seattle, Washington.