Community garden plots are available again this year, located behind the Park District’s South Point facility at 810 Preston Lane in Oswego.
Improvement planned for 2013:
We are making a major investment to our community garden program. The Park Board of Commissioners approved installing a water line to the gardens with four centrally-located hydrants. This type of work is not done easily and there will be some time and work needed to return the gardens to a soil suitable for growing. We want to point out that the plots nearest the hydrants are going to be the most disturbed from construction. Digging down five feet for a water line will bring up some materials that are less than desirable for gardening for example, rocks and clay. We suggest that you consider using a plot around the exterior of the gardens for this year. Those plots will have the least amount of construction disturbance and will have the best growing medium. While we expect this work to be done before the gardens open for the season, this type of work is weather permitting, so we request patience as we work to re-establish good garden plots after construction.
During 2013 the Park District will continue to provide:
- Option of large or small plots: 20’x 20’ or 10’x 10’
- 6 water tanks will be available until the water line is installed and running water is available
- Composting areas for gardener’s use
- Wood chips on the 10 ft. paths
- Handicapped accessible port-o-let on the site
- Wood chips and organic compost available to gardeners
- Maintenance of unused plots
Returning gardeners will have priority registration between March 1 and March 6, 2013 with the opportunity to choose the same plot they gardened last summer. Plots that are not requested by previous gardeners that week will be reassigned beginning March 7.
2013 Dates and details for garden plot registration:
|March 1||Registration opened for returning gardeners, residents only|
|March 7||Registration opened for new gardeners, residents only|
|March 15||Registration opened for non-residents|
|April 15||Garden plots opened (weather & construction permitting)|
|November 1||Garden plots must be cleaned off for the season|
Registration Fee for Garden Plots: 20x20 ft. plot $20(R)/$29(N); 10x10 ft. plot $10(R)/$19(N)
Questions regarding the community gardens can be sent to email@example.com, or call 630.554.1010 and ask for the Community Garden Coordinator.