The Garden Trails Garden Club’s community garden is ready for tilling, and its time to start thinking about spring planting.

The garden, at the corner of Lake Avenue and West 13th Street, hosts 22 plots of various sizes.

“This allows residents the opportunity to plant their favorite vegetables or flowers,” said Patti Anderson, the club’s garden coordinator. “The plot and water is free. They need only to furnish the plants and maintain the plot.”

Ashtabula’s community garden is one of many community gardening efforts throughout the nation. There are nearly 200 community gardens in the Greater Cleveland area, filling in vacant lots and other neglected parcels of land.

The Garden Club plants flowers and maintains the garden’s corners and a flower garden across the street.

“The club’s community garden promotes environmental stewardship and encourages residents of all ages to participate in sowing and growing their favorite foods,” said DiAnna Kondas, president. “We recommend planting around May 20.”

Last year, area residents, as well as children, planted everything from pumpkins to corn to flowers and beans, lettuce and tomatoes.

Ashtabula residents interested in obtaining a plot for a summer garden should call Anderson at 964-5479 for a reservation form or more information.

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