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Medfield Community Garden registration opens

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Registration for the Medfield Community Garden on Plain Street has opened for the year. Plots are available on a first-request basis.

Plots come in two sizes: 600 square feet – more than enough space to supply a family of four – and half-sized plots of 300 square feet for those wanting or needing less garden. There is water on-site.

For either a novice or an experienced gardener, the Community Garden offers a great opportunity to grow vegetables. The Garden is located on Conservation Commission land at the former Holmquist Farm on the south side of town. The site provides all-day sun, a scarce commodity for most Medfield residents.

For those who have never had a vegetable garden or feel they’d like a refresher course, Master Gardener and Community Garden Co-Manager Betty Sanders will offer a freshly updated program on planning, planting and growing a garden. The presentation will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Medfield Library.

Gardeners provide their own seeds or seedlings, and agree to fence their plot and keep it weed-free throughout the season. Because the Community Garden is on town-owned conservation land, gardeners are not allowed to use herbicides, and use of non-organic insecticides is discouraged. The Community Garden has now been on Plain Street for more than fifteen years. As a result of good gardening practices, the site is exceptionally rich in organic nutrients.

Residents can apply for a plot by contacting garden co-manager Neal Sanders at (508-359-9453) or n_h_sanders@yahoo.com. There are between eight and 16 plots available for the 2018 season. Full-sized plots are $20 per year; half sized plots are $15. Those who have not previously had a plot at the community garden pay a one-time fee of $20.

For additional information, contact Neal Sanders at (508-359-9453).

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