Quincy community garden meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday night

Posted: Mar. 19, 2013 12:02 pm Updated: Apr. 2, 2013 3:15 pm

A meeting on Quincy's community gardens will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the University of Illinois Extension office, 330 S. 36th.

The Extension, in cooperation with the Quincy Park District, city of Quincy, Jackson-Lincoln Pool and Quincy University, provides space for families or individuals to grow their own food crops at two garden sites -- one on North Eighth near the pool and the other near the tennis courts on the QU campus. Several spaces are available by this year at the Eighth Street garden.

Garden space is provided for a small fee for maintenance and upkeep of $10 per plot or $5 per half plot. The garden space will be tilled and marked off into sections, then families or individuals provide the labor to grow vegetables for the entire summer and clean out the plots at the end of the season.

Gardeners can plant and grow whatever they like, harvest it and take it home or share it with others.

The gardens provide opportunities to meet and talk with others who have an interest in gardening, and they also are used as an outdoor teaching and learning area. Extension staff and several Adams County Master Gardeners will be available throughout the garden season to offer advice.

More information about the community gardens is available by attending the community meeting or by calling 223-8380.