Community gardens offer space to grow
- Two Dodge City gardens provide low-cost gardening opportunities.
Does spring weather make you think about planting a vegetable garden?
The Sunflower Community Garden program can help.
There are two community gardens in Dodge City: one near the Dodge City Community College campus and another on Division Street.
Plots are available for community members to plant and maintain gardens.
"We have a few more plots available this year than usual because some gardeners have combined their plots and some have moved away," said Dave Linsenmeyer, a member of the community garden board.
Plots of various sizes are available at both gardens.
At the Division Street garden, 15 x 15 plots are available for a $10 fee and two raised plots are available for a $5 fee.
At the DC3 garden, plot sizes and fees are 12 x 20 for $10, 15 x 20 for $15, 20 x 20 for $20 and 20 x 40 for $25.
Gardeners new to the program will need to pay a one-time deposit equal to their plot fee.
Water, hoses, and some gardening tools are provided.
"We even have some seeds donated," Linsenmeyer said. "And there's always someone around to offer advice."
The sign-up period for new gardeners begins Friday, March 15.
To sign up, call Nature's Corner at 225-5639 or stop by to pay your fee and sign the necessary forms.
Nature's Corner is located one mile east of Village Square Mall at 11192 Kliesen Street.
"We have people who are out there every day or evening," Linsenmeyer said.
"But there are others who go every two or three days — to water and keep the weeds down. Some go once a week."
In addition to the produce your plot might yield, the gardeners enjoy keeping up with what everyone's growing.
"One of our gardeners has had a pretty good crop of peanuts the last couple of years," Linsenmeyer said.
"It becomes a community. You get to know people and you get plenty of free advice," he said.
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