Payson Community Garden Reopening This Weekend

Classes start, gates open and plots selling out

The Payson Community Garden will reopen this weekend. Most of the $50 plots have already sold, but organizers say they’ll expand the garden if they get more gardeners.

The Payson Community Garden will reopen this weekend. Most of the $50 plots have already sold, but organizers say they’ll expand the garden if they get more gardeners. |

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Time to pull out shovels and spades — the Community Garden on East Tyler Parkway will host an open house on Saturday, March 1.

Roger Kreimeyer will again take on the role of top Garden Administrator.

“We’ve sold about 175 plots and about 30 remain,” he said. “If the demand is big, we’ll have to expand the garden.”

He said 80 to 85 percent of the gardeners from last year will return this year.

Kreimeyer said the garden board members are ecstatic about the donation of 12 dump trucks of soil and compost.

“Glenn McCombs (owner of Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley) brought a semi-truck load of compost,” said Kreimeyer.

The garden has also received a grant from the Mogollon Health Alliance to improve access for disabled people and help with roto-tilling plots.

Kreimeyer said the open house will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

The first part of the event will be at the Church of the Nazarene and include an orientation on how the garden works, the role of row captains and garden monitors, the calendar of events listing the classes through June, and introductions.

“We have a returning cast of characters and some new faces,” said Kreimeyer.

Garden classes will start on a regular basis March 8 in the Church of the Nazarene at 9 a.m.

Classes will continue through March, April, May and June. Gardeners who attend all of the classes will receive a certificate of completion, said Kreimeyer.

Community Garden Calendar

Free classes begin at 8 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway. Garden open 9-12 Saturdays.

March 1 Open House

March 8 Soil Preparation and Irrigation Systems by Glen McCombs, Plant Fair Nursery

March 15 Intensive Gardens

March 22 Getting Started by Renee Zeising

March 29 Organic fertilizers by Glen McCombs, Plant Fair Nursery

April 5 Succession Planting by Chris Jones

April 12 Smart Planting, Frost Cloth, Hoop Houses, Raised Beds

April 19 Alfalfa Tea by Gary Karlowski

April 26 Waterwise Gardening

May 3 Summer Crops, by Renee Zeising

May 10 Bugs and weeds by Chris Jones

May 17 Shade and garden structure

May 24 No class (Memorial Day Weekend)

May 31 Q&A by Glen McCombs, Plant Fair Nursery

June 7 Tending your garden by Glen McCombs, Plant Fair Nursery

June 14 The right way to water by Chris Jones

June 21 Garden set-ups by Anita Barker

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