The Town of Pulaski is once again seeking applications for plots in its Community Garden off Route 99.
This will be the third year for the garden, which is divided into 200 plots, all of which were claimed last year. Applications, available online at www.pulaskitown.org, and at the Municipal Building on First Street Northwest, are due by May 7.
Barbara Tate, community relations director for the town, said the 10-foot by 10-foot plots are marked off in a removable grid system that allows the whole garden to be plowed under in the fall. Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The garden is located in a field between Dora Highway and Rt. 99 on the east side of town. At the time it was started, Tate said studies indicate a family can save as much as $750 a year by planting a garden.
Pulaski Town Council recently declined a proposal to charge a fee of $5 per plot this year. Mayor Jeff Worrell said charging would be counter to the purpose of the garden, which is to give town citizens an opportunity to save money by growing their own vegetables.
Garden guidelines and rules specify that:
•More than one plot can be requested.
•Gardens must be planted by May 31 and must be kept planted until time to harvest. Plots should not be planted until the town has had an opportunity to plow the whole garden. Late season crops may be planted with proper notification.
•If a gardener must abandon a plot, program directors will be notified.
•Gardeners with unkempt plots will be given a week to clean up the plot or it will be reassigned or tilled in.
•Trash and litter will be removed from the plot, adjacent pathways and fences.
•Each gardener may only harvest crops from his own plot unless permission is given by another gardener to pick from their plot.
•Fertilizers, insecticides or weed repellents that will affect other plots cannot be used. Use of organic products is encouraged.
•Each gardener must participate in a fall cleanup of the garden.
•Only vegetables and herbs can be planted.
Applications should be mailed to Town of Pulaski, Attention: Brenda Shelton, P.O. Box 660, Pulaski, VA 24301, or they may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Tate at 994-8627.