Cider Knoll Community Garden to open in May


Cider Knoll Community Garden to open in MayMarlborough – Gardeners who are dreaming of more garden space can turn their dreams into reality by reserving space in the city of Marlborough's first Community Garden. The new garden, which was created in response to resident requests and because Marlborough wants to be a more “sustainable” community, will enable residents to rent 10-foot by 20-foot plots at the Cider Knoll/Mello Family Meadow conservation land, at the small parking lot on Stow Road.

Sunny garden plots with rich soil will enable gardeners to grow their own vegetables and flowers in an area where much of the hard work has been done by Community Garden workers before the planting season. The rental fee of $25 per year per plot will cover the cost of plowing, manure spreading, staking, water and other incidental expenses. There is plenty of free parking at the site. Garden plots will be open to planting sometime in mid-May.

The garden has been planned by the Conservation Commission and will be prepared by volunteers. The Department of Public Works, combined with volunteer efforts of Boy Scout Mitch McLean, Second Saturday at Grace Baptist Church, and other enthusiastic volunteers will ensure that the plots are plowed, stones removed, and fences and compost bins installed for planting season.

“If all goes as planned, the gardens will be up and running and ready for planting by the middle of May,” said Priscilla Ryder, the city's conservation officer.

For more information, contact Priscilla Ryder at the Conservation Department 508-460-3768 or by e-mail at [email protected].


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