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Think spring and come garden with us – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

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Think spring and come garden with us – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Even if it’s not spring just yet, gardeners are starting to scan seed catalogs and dream of getting their hands in the dirt again.Can you see yourself in this picture? If so,we have good news. Estes Valley Community Garden has some plots available to rent for the 2022 season.

Just take a quick trip to evcg.org and follow the “Get a Plot” link. You will find an application form that can be emailed directly to us.You too could be renting one oft he 4’x10′ plots and enjoying a harvest of vegetables, small fruits, or flowers in the coming summer. The $50 annual fee covers support services, including irrigation, organic fertilizer, compost for topping off in spring and garden waste disposal.

Applications are accepted year-round, with a first-come, first-served waiting list to hold your place in line until a plot becomes available for you.

We try to arrange sponsorships that cover the cost of plot rental for those who are unable to afford theannual fee. To apply for sponsorship, just check the box, “I qualify for a sponsorship” using the income guidelines on the application form.

If you are interested in sponsoring one or more plots, please contact us at [email protected].

If during summer or fall you passed by the Garden, located at the corner of Manford Avenue and CommunityDrive, you probably noted the lush green vegetation under the white hail protection covers.We were pleased to have a pretty good harvest year at the Garden, despite the pandemic and the usual challenges presented by high-elevation gardening. The hungry ground squirrels are an ongoing “pandemic” too, but we are working on improving management strategies while trying to keep the Garden as organic as possible.

All our gardeners are encouraged to attend the spring orientation program (date to be announced) to learn more about how the Garden operates and how to get started with your plot.

In April and May we will present several free programs on gardening basics for novice gardeners or those who need a refresher, or who want to learn about the challenges of growing at our higher elevation. These educational programs will be recorded for later viewing, with links from our website, evcg.org.

There are also free monthly webinars offered by Colorado State University Extension, presented by our Larimer County Extension Agent, Dr. Alison O’Connor, and Extension Agents and Master Gardeners from around Colorado. You can find the list at http://csuhort.blogspot.com/p/csu-extension-spring-gardening-webinars.html. The January 12 program, Seed Starting, can be viewed at https://youtu.be/FHVT4vAuM0Q.

For more information about the Estes Valley CommunityGarden or to apply for a plot, visit our website at evcg.org or email the Board at [email protected].