[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                        April 24, 2009

BOSS garden plots to be available 
for rental for upcoming season

Personnel in the Fort McCoy community who would like to grow their own food and save money at the same time are welcome to reserve their space in the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) garden plot program.

Mike Napsey, Fort McCoy BOSS adviser, said the highlights of this year’s program will include a professional class to help installation gardeners prosper.

"It has been a colder than usual spring season, but we are getting close to having the garden plots ready," Napsey said. 

A new training initiative, gardening classes, should help improve gardeners’ success rates, he said.

Master gardeners for the classes, who are coordinated through the University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension Office, Agriculture Agent in Monroe County, will conduct gardening classes Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 at the BOSS Center, building 1132, at Fort McCoy. The gardeners are enrolled in the Master’s Program with the UW Extension.

The free classes will run from 6-8 p.m. each night and are open to all authorized personnel who use the garden.

Topics to be covered are:

    • Planning the garden lay out
         • Choosing appropriate varieties to plant in this area
         • Recommended planting practices
         • Considering container gardening
         • Protecting plants from frost (planting dates and methods)
         • Soil fertility
         • Starting indoor plants
         • Local sources for transplants

Throughout the growing season the master gardeners will be on site at the garden offering advice and helping patrons produce the best plants.

Plots will cost $25 for a 20-foot-by-20-foot area and will be issued Tuesday, April 28 and Tuesday, May 5 from 4:30-6 p.m. to authorized personnel at the garden.

The entire garden is fenced, plots are tilled and water and gardening tools are available.

Priority will be active-duty military, Reserves, National Guard, military retirees, Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees and DoD contractor employees.

"This is a great way to meet fellow members of the community, share gardening tips and save money on vegetable costs," Napsey said. "We’re expecting to have a great season and hope everyone will have fun growing their crops."

For more information about the plots and/or classes in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-6588.

Preregistration for the classes is recommended to ensure there are sufficient quantities of handout materials, but not required.


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