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Community Garden plots to be issued in late April

Fort McCoy will have a community garden this year, with the plots being issued sometime in late April, depending on the weather.

Mike Napsey of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort McCoy and the garden’s curator, said the community garden is an excellent project to create good relationships among South Post neighbors and other people in the Fort McCoy community.

The project also supports the Army Family Covenant by allowing Families to work and spend quality time together tending to their plantings.

Each plot is 20 x 20 feet and will rent for $25. Napsey said the plots are fenced in to protect the area from deer and other wildlife that may damage crops. Gardeners must obtain their own seeds and do their own work, but everything else, including water and garden tools to do the work, will be provided.

Napsey said now is a good time for prospective gardeners to determine what seeds to order for planting in the gardens. Crops/plantings that have been successful in past years include potatoes and onions. Tomatoes, corn, beans, cabbage/lettuce or a number of fruits also might grow well.

Garden plots will be issued according to established priorities. Active-duty military and their spouses who live on South Post will have first priority. Other military Active Guard/Reserve, etc., will be the next priority.

Department of Defense civilians and retirees can also rent plots, if plots remain, after the requests of the military personnel have been fulfilled, Napsey said.

Additional details will be available at a later date as the garden plots can be prepared for the season.

For more information, call Napsey at 608-388-6588.

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