Community garden plots are available

Spring is reluctant to show its face this year, but the calendar says warmer days should be arriving soon.

Spring is reluctant to show its face this year, but the calendar says warmer days should be arriving soon.

With the approach of milder temperatures, gardeners will, no doubt, want to be exercising their green thumbs and getting down to the serious business of planting tiny seeds and encouraging them to grow.

This year there will be 20 raised beds available at Rimbey Community Garden which is located by Wilson’s Funeral Chapel and First Student Bus Lines. Garden plots are approximately 6.2m X 6.2m (20 feet by 20 feet.) One plot may be reserved per person.

Gardeners are asked to plant taller plants in the center of their plot or in a location where it will not shade other gardens.

Children are encouraged to help in the garden.

Gardens must be kept weeded and gardeners who cannot maintain their garden plot may risk having their garden tilled under or having their plot revoked. Gardeners are asked to visit their plot at least once a week.

Work bees or garden parties will be held in the spring and in the fall and may also be held at other times throughout the season. Gardeners are expected to attend these socials.

Weeds and plant materials must be disposed in the compost provided. Diseased plants should be bagged and disposed of in the garbage.

“It looks like it’s going to be a great gardening season, so it (having a garden plot) will be extra enjoyable,” said Jossie Krenzler from Rimbey recreation department.

There are many advantages to gardening, she added.

“It’s very social. It is a great family activity and the gardens are a great midway point for a summer walk.”

Anyone who wants to sign up for a garden plot, or would like more information should stop in at the recreation office at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre or call 403-843-3151.