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Getting ready for the 2013 garden season

By Mike Thayer

Well the itch is back, I've pulled out my notes from the 2012 garden season and I've started mapping out my garden boxes for 2013.

This year the Akdeniz Garden is expanding!  The city of Coralville has created a community garden area, something the Parks & Recreation Department has put together for 2013 with some input from community members to include yours truly.  Located at 900 10th Street, the garden area features two different plot sizes for veggie growing:

  • A 10’ x 30’ plot is $35 for residents and $43.75 for non-residents.
  • A 10’ x 15’ plot is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents.

The first day of registration was March 2, and I got registered for a 10' x 30' plot.  I spent the afternoon today laying out my planting plan for both my community garden plot as well as my raised beds of the home garden. 

The space at the community garden is going to let me get crazy with squashes, cabbage, broccoli, eggplant and peppers.  That will open up more space at home for a more salad oriented garden this year to include but is not limited to lettuces, radishes, spinach, onions, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes galore!  Other items planned for both the community space and home are: beets, kohlarabi, peas, beans, swiss chard and a numbers of herbs.

I played in the dirt a little bit this afternoon as well, getting some trays of eggplant and peppers started in my basement for transfer to the great outdoors later.

Soon, it will be time to be time to take my rain barrels out of storage and enjoy the warmer weather.

For more information about the Coralville Community Gardens, go to:



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