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Planting Made Easy at the Community Garden Plots

Raised garden plots are 4' by 8'. Photo by Janet Juroch

With spring-like weather creeping in, many people want to grow a garden of their own.  This can be a challenge for some because of the soil and sun issues around their homes. Or, maybe starting from scratch to build a garden is not desirable either. The Community Garden may be the answer.

There are plots for rent behind the Garden Valley Senior Center where the community garden is established.  Each year there are improvements to the planting area. Jayne Carlson, founder of the community garden and a gardener herself, oversees the plots through the summer. She has a plot there herself and finds ways each year to make it easier for those wanting to do the same.

The raised garden bed is ready with fresh soil, watering and deer fencing. Photo by Janet Juroch

Each year the garden gets new and convenient items to make having a garden spot easier for the growers.  There is an automatic sprinkler on a timer for the garden. Jayne has brought in fresh potting soil for each raised garden plot so that they are ready for planting right away.  Since the basics are there, the plot becomes an area for the gardeners to take off on their own.

This year deer fencing has also been set up so that the garden plots are protected. The area gets lots of sunshine which is needed for the plants to thrive.  Everything is ready.  Gardeners just need to bring poles or tomato cages and other items for the type of vegetables that need growth assistance. Checking on the garden and nurturing it is all that is needed.

Jayne has already planted garlic in her plot. She encourages people who want to have a garden spot to get a plot and get started. The plots are a 4’ by 8’ raised bed. There are only five plots left. Anyone can have more than one plot if they desire.

Costs for each plot are only $25 for the season. In addition, there is a $10 deposit that comes back at the end of the growing season if the plot is cleaned up. If not, then the money goes back into the garden for the next year. This includes the newly conditioned plot with new topsoil and water.  If this is something that sounds interesting and fun, contact Jayne Carlson at 462-4698 or email her at

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff