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Get growing this summer at the Monticello area organic community garden

MONTICELLO, Ill. – Want to grow a vegetable garden but lack the space or equipment to create one? A community garden may be the answer to your problem. Applications are now available for the 2022 growing season at The Monticello Area Community Garden. Dig in this summer and grow your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers at a conveniently located organic community garden.

The garden plots are on the Kirby Medical Center campus. A full-size garden plot is 12’x24’ and a half-size plot is 12’x12’. An annual fee and deposit will be due with the application. The garden will be open May 1 to Oct. 1.

No gardening experience? No problem! University of Illinois Extension invites returning gardeners and new applicants to a Kick-off Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on April 28 at Piatt County Extension, 210 S. Market St., Monticello, Ill. Come with questions, and learn about the community garden guidelines, organic planting methods, and how to apply.

Apply for a garden plot by May 1 at or call 217-762-2191. Register for the Kick-off Meeting by April 27 at The community garden is provided by a partnership between the City of Monticello, Kirby Medical Center, Piatt County, University of Illinois Extension, and Master Gardeners. For more information, please contact Beth Miglin, horticulture Extension coordinator, at or call 217-762-2191.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-762-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Beth Miglin, Horticulture Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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