Normal Parks & Recreation News

Posted on: February 7, 2018

Community Garden Renewals Underway

The Town of Normal will open registration for its two popular organic community gardens on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. for Normal residents only. Proof of residency will be required (i.e. Driver’s License, State ID, tax bill, etc.). Non-residents may begin to register on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. The community gardens are located at Ironwood Park, 1900 N. Linden, and at One Normal Plaza, 1110 Douglas. Open garden plots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Registration will take place at the Normal Parks and Recreation office at 100 E. Phoenix Avenue. Online registration is not available. Garden plots are limited to only one per family.


Gardeners will have the opportunity to renew their plot from last season. All plot sizes are available for renewal. This opportunity is only offered to Town of Normal residents and limited to one per family. For those wishing to renew their plot must do so before the end of the business day on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Normal Parks and Recreation office.


The One Normal Plaza community garden is located directly east of the Community Activity Center. Parking is available in the public lot south of the garden. The Ironwood Park community garden is located in Ironwood Park east of the playground and picnic shelter. A variety of plot sizes are available at both sites: 10’ x 10’ plots for $15, 10’ x 20’ plots for $25, and 20’ x 20’ plots for $35.


Growing your own vegetables can be both fun and rewarding and we would like for all gardeners to be successful. We encourage all participants, prior to securing a plot in our community garden program, to understand of the time and effort that is required to produce a beneficial harvest. As a courtesy to all gardeners, participants must maintain their plots in a clean and neat manner, always keeping plots as weed free as possible. This was the number one complaint from gardeners last season. Weeding is probably the most demanding task, but it is important to control the weeds in your plot as they steal light, water and nutrients from your vegetables.


Town Park Maintenance staff tilled both gardens this past fall and they will be tilled once more prior to the start of the 2018 gardening season. Participants may begin gardening in their assigned plots no earlier than April 7, 2018. Town staff will notify all gardeners if this date changes in any way. All soil amendments and plant applications must meet organic standards. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides are strictly prohibited. Water is available at both sites. All plots must be cleared out by November 5, 2018.
A complete garden policy manual is available on the Parks and Recreation website. Please follow the link: http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/1200

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