Sign up for Community Gardens

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By Jim Glenney

It’s time to sign up for a garden plot and enjoy all the benefits of growing your own vegetables and flowers. The gardens are located just north of Ahrens Park on Hungary Road and are divided into an organic section and a conventional one. A pump well provides a water supply. The cost is $5 for a 20 x 20 foot plot. No new 20 x 40 foot plots will be issued this year until all requests for plots have been met. Last year’s gardeners wishing to reserve the same plots need to make their $5 or $10 payment by May 1. After that date, plots will be assigned to new gardeners. New gardeners interested in reserving a plot should email or call Jim Glenney at 860-653-6179.

The gardens are usually ready for planting by the end of April. If you pay for a plot but fail to get started by June 1 you will have your payment returned. “Getting started” means you either have started planting or have worked the soil to keep weeds down.
There are a few common sense rules to follow:
• Not everyone wants to listen to your radio. Keep it low.
• Don’t plant so close to the pathways to make passing more difficult. Help to keep the pathways clear. That means from time-to-time do a little extra weeding 
• Avoid using cheap weed block. It deteriorates quickly and is difficult to pull up and often ends up being chopped up in other plots in the spring. Better options are leaves, grass, straw, newspapers and wood shavings.
• The use of chemicals in conventional gardens is discouraged, but not outlawed. A simple guideline to follow is that healthy soil produces healthy vegetables, that in turn leads to healthy people.
Make checks payable to Granby Community Gardens and mail them to Jim Glenney, 33 Glen Road, Granby, CT 06035. All plots need to be cleaned up at the end of the growing season, usually around Nov. 1. If you are still growing a fall crop continue with that, just clean up. Volunteers will be needed to help stake out the plots once the garden has been plowed. We are lucky to have a good group of willing workers. Expect a call. Thanks in advance.

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