Registration for garden plots for 2021 has begun. We have been at the Spring Green Farmer's Market the last 3 weekends. We will be at the Farmer's Market Oct 10 and Oct 17, weather permitting.
Early registration allows the gardener to get into the plot yet this fall to plant an early spring crop, a cover crop, or supplement the soil with extra compost. Or the gardener may start early in the spring as soon as the ground is ready to plant. Gardeners will be asked to participate in the Preseason Meeting in early to mid May so that they can meet their fellow gardeners and learn of any developments over the winter but pre registered gardeners do not have to wait until that meeting to begin gardening in the spring.
Early Bird registration involves filling out the Registration Form, reading the Gardeners Guidelines, signing the Gardening Agreement, paying the rental fee and getting a tour of the Gardens.
Rental fees for first year gardeners are $30 for a 20 x 20 plot, $20 for a 10 x 20 plot, and $10 for a 10 x 10 plot. Gardeners may rent a single plot or several of the same size or select a variety. The only stipulation is the plots may not be rented for commercial use. Early registered gardeners will receive notice of their plot assignment as soon as the current plots are cleaned up this fall.
If you aren't sure what size plot to rent, stop over to the Gardens located in the 900 block of N. Westmor in Spring Green and check out the plot sizes. Most of the harvesting has been completed and gardeners are starting to clean up their plots so the next two weekends would be a good time to stop over.
In the Spring of 2020, we were surprised by the number of people registering for garden plots. We had 26 families including 3 students gardening with us this year which was up from 14 families in the previous years. Luckily we had planned on adding 2 rows of plots and additional space had been tilled which became plots instead of a grassy area. Over all we added 27 plots to the existing 28.
Early registration will give us an idea of how many more plots to add. The Board has already decided to stake out 18 more plots in anticipation of more people wanting to garden due to the Covid 19 crisis.
So far we have had 4 new gardener registrations by coming to the Farmer's Market. Of course people may register at any time throughout the winter and early spring by visiting the Gardens website at www.rvacg.org.
Gardening is an excellent way to get out of the house, get fresh air and exercise during this pandemic. Community gardening is also a great way to meet people, share seeds and produce and get new recipes. We also have work days to work together to keep the gardens and the park area groomed and looking nice for ourselves and our visitors and get to know each other.
If you have questions or want a registration form, please stop by our table at the Spring Green Farmer's Markets on Saturday October 10 and October 17, weather permitting. You can always request registration information via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and forms are also published on the website www.rvacg.org.
Come join us!