City gardens

Temperatures may hover below freezing, but I know spring is close at hand. That’s because the renewal notice for my city garden plot recently arrived in the mail. The 20-by-50-foot land is where I’ll spend the majority of my time throughout the spring, summer and early fall, if not physically, at least in spirit.

 Gardeners who leased a Cedar Rapids plot at Ellis, Squaw Creek and Tuma parks  last year can renew the gardens from Feb. 11 to Feb. 22. Unclaimed garden plots – I’m told there are sometimes a few at Ellis and Tuma – are available to the public beginning March 3.

For $20, it’s plenty of land to grow a variety of your favorite vegetables (and flowers!) or as some gardeners do, put it all in one crop, such as sweet corn. Gardeners must go to the Ambroz Recreation Center, 2000 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, to reserve the plots. Ambroz is open 8-5, Monday through Friday.

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