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Interest Runs High in Community Garden Plots

Marlborough's first foray into community gardening is proving popular with residents, prompting officials to create extra plots for the coming season.

Plots in the city's first community garden are fully subscribed for the coming season, officials said. 

The garden area at the  conservation land, just off Stow Road, has been divided into 43 plots, all of which are currently spoken for, said Conservation Officer Patricia Ryder. 

The Conservation Commission made 47 full-sized plots that measure 10 feet by 20 feet and 26 smaller plots that measure 10-feet-by-10 feet. Gardeners will pay rentals fees of $25 per season for the larger plots and $15 for the smaller areas. The fee will help defray the cost of bringing water to the site and other upkeep. 

The site has been fenced in and water storage containers have been brought to the site. Ryder said gardens should be planted by June 5. 

Ryder said she is in the process of confirming with would-be gardeners that they are interested and will make any unused plots available.

"At this time my list is full," she said. "The interest was terrific. I only sent out one press release and we were inundated with interest, so this is a wonderful thing.

"We were able to give all people interested a plot, but I suspect there are many more out there who are interested too.

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