Wareham Community Gardens ready and waiting for spring
Though the first few days of March have been cold and snowy, the Wareham Community Gardens are getting ready to spring back into life.
The gardens, located on Thihonet Road, are made up of approximately 50 rectangular plots which cultivators old and new can plant for $35 per season.
The garden is open to Wareham residents and residents from neighboring towns, as well as school groups and other community organizations such as the Boy Scouts.
“We have a lot of longtime members,” said Wareham Community Garden committee member Anne Kirschmann. “But we have a good handful of first timers, too.”
The land on which the garden sits is owned by the A. D. Makepeace Company and has a garden history dating back to the 1950s.
While A.D. Makepeace no longer uses the land today, the plots at the community garden were once used by its workers to grow vegetables.
Workers could pick produce on their own schedules, and the garden was spread with the leavings of cranberry harvests and lime, resulting in a light soil especially good for root crops.
The gardens are now managed by a five-person committee, though A.D. Makepeace supplies water to the plots. Only organic methods of fertilization and insect control are allowed.
For the seasonal fee, Kirschmann said gardeners receive access to water and manure for their crops. The area around the plots is also kept with grass trimming services.
“We only ask that people keep their own plots in order,” Kirschmann said.
To kick off the season, the Wareham Community Garden committee will be hosting several workshops to help gardeners get a feel for the lay of the land.
The first of these will be a composting workshop on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. followed by an Earth Day cleanup around the garden at noon.
Committee member Hannah Traggis, a specialist in plant physiology and educator at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society will lead the workshop, which is dedicated to the memory of Onset environmentalist and avid community gardener Dick Wheeler.