It may be hard to believe what with all the snow on the ground, but area gardeners are already gearing up for the upcoming growing season.
The Williams County Community Gardening Association (WCCGA), which first planted its roots in 2017, is anxiously awaiting spring to begin planting.
Cathy Cooley, the WCCGA secretary, said she’s only been involved with the organization for three years, and is excitedly awaiting the new growing season.
“I’ve already started my seeds,” she said.
Starting March 1, the WCCGA will begin registrations and rentals for raised beds at either of its two locations, at 426 N. Williams St., in Bryan, and 205 S. Pleasant St., in Kunkle. The properties are leased by the WCCGA for a negligible amount from the Williams County Land Bank.
Cooley said gardeners should expect to provide their own seeds and tools, but the association provides support and water pumps and compost bins are available at both locations.
Gardeners can rent a four- by eight-foot raised bed at either location for $10 for the season. Plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cooley noted the charge helps cover expenses associated with the water pumps.
“The growing season is mid-March or April through the end of October so it gets in three growing seasons — spring, summer and fall,” she said.
There are 20 beds at the Bryan location and 15 at Kunkle. One bed at each location is a demonstration bed used by the association. Cooley noted that food grown in the demonstration beds is donated to local senior centers and food banks.
She said the WCCGA also periodically hosts training classes when there’s sufficient interest, and gardeners are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly board meetings.
The WCCGA is a non-profit organization that happily accepts donations. Checks can be made out to Williams County Community Gardening Association.