We are at the beginning of the growing season, but gardeners have captured every plot in many public gardens in the region.
Ephrata Community Garden is one of the places where you can get plots. This year, registration will cost nothing. The Euphrates Public Library will also have verification tools and seeds that can be distributed.
Growing the garden in partnership with the Ephrata Rec Center is part of the library’s push to expand services to meet the needs of the community, says Helen Taylor, head of the library’s public program and advocacy.
The Euphrates Community Garden will open in Fr. Earth Day Celebration, Friday, April 22nd. If you want to dig in earlier, other public gardens will open as soon as the weather is favorable for cultivating the land.
There are still dozens of plots in Lancaster County Central Park.
Last year, gardeners reserved each of the hundreds of plots, “which is really our goal,” says Paul Weiss, administrator of parks and recreation areas. “We don’t need empty plots.”
Experienced gardeners and recruits grew flowers and edible plants in the park. Many of the crops were special plants needed for cooking from around the world.
For example, Jorge Olmeda and Ana Rivera with their sons grew tomatoes, pigeons, peas, beans, cabbage and more.
They also grew a variety of peppers, including aji dulce, to make homemade soffrites for Puerto Rican dishes. Growing your own pepper is cheaper than buying it, especially if they produce enough soffit that lasts more than a year. They also enjoy spending time in the garden.
“We use it for therapy and for entertainment,” Olmeda says.
Here are four places to grow this year:
- Lancaster County Parks has multiple plots measuring 20 feet by 20 feet ($ 25) and 20 feet by 40 feet ($ 31) Lancaster County Central Park. Seasonal plots are available from April 15 to October 15. For year-round organic plots sold out.
- Euphrates Public Library and Euphrates Recreation Center there are plots in Euphrates Community Garden, next to the Cholera manor on Old Mill Road. Plots are free. Sign up for a voucher at the library.
- Orthodox church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Ave., has plots measuring 20 feet by 20 feet ($ 10). The gardens are open from mid-April to mid-October. To register, contact Garden Superintendent Martin Holmes at 717-898-2058.
- Seeds for hope in New Holland there are several sizes of garden plots: from 10 feet by 4 feet ($ 15) to plots of 20 feet by 20 feet ($ 25). The growing season ends in October, weather permitting.
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