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Community gardens return to Blue Earth

By Staff | May 27, 2018

City of Blue Earth Public Works Department employee Mark Heenan puts the finishing touches on one of the new raised garden beds at the new community gardens.

Have you got the spring planting fever? Would you like to have a garden but have nowhere to put it?

The city of Blue Earth and its Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) have teamed up to bring back the Blue Earth Community Garden.

The garden plots will be located on a lot just east of the Putnam Park tennis courts. That lot is owned by the city’s HRA.

“The HRA decided that since the lot is empty, it would be a good idea to put it to use for something,” city administrator Tim Ibisch says. “So they decided on having the community garden there.

City workers Mark Heenan and Steve Sonnicksen built six raised bed garden spots, plus there are some tilled up areas for flat garden spaces.

Ibisch says that anyone who is interested in having one of the raised beds or flat areas as their garden spot should call City Hall at (507) 526-7336. They will be available on a first come-first served basis.

There is a $20 deposit required for each spot. But, Ibisch notes, if the garden is all cleaned up in the fall then the person will get their $20 deposit back.

While there is no direct water service line in the lot area, the city plans to provide water in a large water tank. Gardeners can fill containers from the tank to water their garden areas.

Previously the gardens had been located on the Faribault County Fairgrounds, near Giant Park.