Community garden plots are available

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department is taking reservations for the Stockwell Drive Community Garden Site's 11th season.

The garden, located in the nine-acre Stockwell Park overlooking the Ames Brook in West Brattleboro has 17 100-square-foot plots, along with common crops of raspberries, a small asparagus patch, and flower beds.

There is also a charcoal grill, a picnic table, an umbrella, and Adirondack chairs for all to use and enjoy. There are garden tools, from shovels and rakes to wheelbarrows, for gardeners to use along with organic pest sprays.

The garden also provides wood chips from the BUHS “Merry Mulch” Christmas tree recycling program and “Brattlegrow” compost from Windham Solid Waste Management District.

All gardeners, from the inexperienced to the expert, are welcome. Should the commitment of a plot be too much, participants can offer a gardening experience through volunteering for common areas upkeep such as deadheading, thinning flowers, weeding, or spreading wood chips.

Returning gardeners have until April 3 to sign up for the regular fee of $25. After that date, the fee increases to $35. New gardeners can sign up April 6 for $25; after April 30, it increases to $35. New gardeners will be required to pay a $25 garden plot deposit.

Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your plot, stop by the Recreation & Parks Office at 207 Main St., weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 to 4 p.m., call them at 802-254-5808, or contact garden overseer Peter Gaskill at 802-380-6848 or [email protected].

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