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Registration opening for Medfield Community Garden

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By Josh Perry
Hometown Weekly Staff

Residents interested in finding a space to grow a few vegetables for the summer months can begin registering for open plots in the Medfield Community Garden beginning on Tuesday, March 1. Plots are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The town-owned garden, located on Plain St. at the former Holmquist Farm, has 600-square-foot plots and half-sized plots of 300 square feet. The town harrows the land in the spring and will mark the plots, either 20 feet by 30 feet or 15 feet by 20 feet. The town also provides loads of mulch and water on site.

Full-sized plots are $25 for the year and half-sized plots are $18. There is also a one-time fee of $20 for first-time users of the garden. According to organizers, there are a limited number of plots available, so interested residents should apply right away.

According to a press release, “For either a novice or an experienced gardener, the Community Garden offers a great opportunity to grow vegetables and save substantially on food costs.”

The release continued, “Because the town plows the field on which the Community Garden is located, one of the more labor-intensive parts of creating a vegetable garden is already done.”

Water and fertilizer are provided, but residents utilizing the garden are required to keep their plots weed-free and will provide their own seeds or seedlings. Fencing is also recommended, according to the press release, but it is not a requirement.

To register for a plot in the Community Garden, contact Neal Sanders at 508-359-9453 or n_h_sanders@yahoo.com.

Applications are no longer accepted at Town Hall.

On Saturday, March 19 at 10:45 a.m. at the Medfield Library, Master Gardener Betsy Sanders will give a presentation on planning, planting, and growing a garden. It is a workshop for novice gardeners and those just looking for a refresher.

Josh Perry is an Editor at Hometown Weekly. He can be reached at news@hometownweekly.net and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

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