With the weather forecast calling for warmer temperatures later this week, gardeners across the metro will be thinking spring, albeit a little early. Seed catalogs are arriving in the mail and the stores are beginning to set up their spring product lines. Now is the perfect time to sign up for a community garden.
Benson Community Garden, located at 1302 North 60th Street, is accepting applications from those interested in joining the group. The 100% organic garden features 36 family plots, a Neighbor Garden, fruit trees, Earth Stage for music and presentations, and a solar-powered shed.
“The applications from returning gardeners are steadily showing up in the mail,” explained BCG founder Kurt Goetzinger. “We give the past gardeners the first opportunity to sign back up for their plots.” Those who moved away, or decided their thumbs weren’t green enough, leave spots for new gardeners to join. Benson Community Garden allows those interested in joining the garden to sign up online at http://bensongardens.org/join-us/ . Returning gardeners have until February 1st to reclaim their spots. There are two different sizes available – 4 foot x 8 foot and 4 foot by 12 foot. The annual costs are $35 for the smaller and $45 for the larger.
“This year we’re doing an experiment by offering each garden an appropriate size heavy-duty weed barrier to keep their weeds at bay,” said Goetzinger. “Weeds are often the most discouraging part of gardening. By providing these fabric sheets, it should lessen the time gardeners spend weeding so they can focus more time tending to the plants.”