Garden getting ready
By Ted Pennekamp
Now that gardening season has arrived, prospective gardeners in the Prairie du Chien area may wish to join the Prairie du Chien Community Garden at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1110 E. Cass Street.
The deadline for applying for the garden is May 1 because it needs to be known how big of a rabbit-proof fence is needed. Prospective gardeners may apply for one plot or more. Plots are 10x10 feet. The cost is $15 for one plot and $5 for each additional plot. The relatively small cost is to defray expenses.
Marilyn Leys, a member of the garden’s oversight board, said that the church donates the land for free. She also noted that there is water available and there are tools in a shed that community gardeners can use.
Leys said that people can leave their applications and checks for the garden in the Prairie du Chien Public Library, where they can also pick up free seeds that are in the seed exchange box on one of the library’s tables. The Community Garden is a non-profit endeavor.
Due to this year’s long winter and the hard freeze, Leys said that the garden has not yet been tilled but it will be shortly. Manure will also soon be applied.
“There is plenty of room,” said Leys, who noted that the garden is in its fifth year. She also noted that there are some experienced gardeners who are available for gardening advice via email.
The garden will also offer a new program this year for youth who are interested in developing their gardening skills. The produce raised in gardening plots tended by youth volunteers will be donated to the CouleeCap Food Pantry. In addition, Luanne Neumann plans to give demonstrations about ways to prepare the fresh produce with simple, healthy recipes.
For more information, interested persons can call Marilyn Leys at 326-0862.