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Community garden plots up for grabs

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If you want your garden to grow on a city plot, you better stake your claim soon.

Forty plots are still available for city residents at the community garden near the Columbus Municipal Airport.

If you like digging in the dirt, this is a deal.

You’ll pay $10 or $15, depending on the size of the plot, for the growing season. You can plant tomatoes, peppers, sunflowers and more.

Columbus resident Diane Christman has claimed a plot for six of the 32 years the city has offered a community garden.

The garden has been located on airport property all but its first year, 1982, when vegetables grew on land where Fair-

Oaks Mall was built.

The modern-day garden, on Cessna Drive, has 138 garden sites.

Christman, who plans to grow zucchini, tomatoes and peppers, said her family looks forward to planting a garden every spring.

“I’ll tell you how excited we were. We were the first one to have a lot this year,” she said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity. Our grandkids have grown up with it. They will say, ‘Let’s go to the garden.’”

Christman said the city has always taken good care of the grounds, providing residents with mulch and compost when needed and charging only 25 cents for 30 minutes of watering individual plots.

The garden will open to city residents during the first week of April, when the ground will be tilled and planting can begin.

Throughout the spring and summer season, residents using the garden will have the chance to win several awards for their gardening efforts such as Most Productive, Most Colorful Garden, Gardening Spirit, Helping Hand, Ethnic Produce and Mayor’s Choice.

Judging for the awards will take place at the end of July.

Reserving a plot

City garden plots are available in two sizes.

  • Large: 45 feet by 22.5 feet, for $15 per season.
  • Small: 22.5 feet by 22.5 feet, for $10 per season.

The city uses the fees to maintain the garden throughout the year.

To reserve a plot:

  • Contact the Department of Community Development at 812-376-2520.
  • Visit the Community Development office on the second floor of City Hall, 123 Washington St.

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