by Jenniffer WARDELL
If you’ve been dreaming of green growing things, local community gardens are here to help.
Centerville Community Garden has opened registration for both their 15×15 and 15×30 plots for the 2018 season. North Salt Lake, who offers 4×4 and 4×8 plots, will open registration for those who have previously had plots March 1. Registration for new users begins April 1, and both gardens will get their water turned on April 15.
“We generally keep registration open until we fill up,” said Erin Redd, the volunteer in charge of the Centerville Community Garden. “We’re always full by the time the season starts.”
The garden, which is located behind the Whitaker Museum, has been open to local gardeners for several years. The smaller plots can be claimed for $25, while the larger plots can be claimed for $35. Payment must be made by March 15.
As in previous years, the garden receives considerable support from various city agencies, community groups, and local businesses.
“The parks and recreation department gets the ground all ready, and the city takes care of the brunt of the costs by providing the water,” said Redd. “Oakdale Egg Farms has donated compost for quite a few years.”
Though the garden uses the annual fees to provide basic tools such as tillers, shovels and rakes, gardeners may need to raid their own tool sheds as well.
“Gardeners need to provide their own hosing and anything else they might need,” she said.
In North Salt Lake, the 4×4 plots at Orchard Community Garden go for $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. The full-sized 4×8 plots are $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents.
Afton Paul, the new volunteer coordinator for the garden, has a background in plant science. Though she only got involved with the garden near the end of last year’s growing season, she said she plans to be more involved this year.
“This year, I plan to have a plot there, and be there a little more often to help people on their journey to gardening,” she said.
North Salt Lake also supplies water to all the garden plots, but individual gardeners must supply their own drip system. The garden is located at the intersection of North Orchard Drive and East Center Street.
Orchard Community Garden is also seeking volunteers for a variety of opportunities, including teaching garden classes and maintaining donated plants in open boxes. To donate your time as a volunteer, contact Paul at 801-643-0256.
To register for a Centerville garden plot, call Redd at 801-663-1293 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those looking to register for a North Salt Lake garden plot are asked to do so in person at city hall, located at 10 E. Center Street.