May 13, 2010

RUGN accepting applications for garden plots

The Racine Urban Garden Network is accepting applications for use of garden plots (10' x 20') in the new community garden on the corner of 8th and Marquette. Volunteers from Walden School, Parkside, Sam's Club and RUGN have been busy laying paths and preparing the gardens with compost.

The garden area has been leased from the city for this use and it is the hope of those involved that anyone who has ever wished for a garden participate. The rental fee of $20 can be waived if the gardener cannot afford it and what you plant is your choice. Flowers as well as vegetables are welcome.

Applications are available at DP Wigley, Mitchell Wagon Lofts, Cup of Hope Coffee Shop or on the RUGN website.   

Gardeners must attend an orientation session, either on Sunday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., or Wednesday, May 19, from 6  to 8 p.m.. Both sessions will be held rain or shine in the Root River REC Center at 301 W. 6th St. Master Gardeners as well as RUGN members will be available to answer questions and give out applications. For more information contact


  1. Did anyone do a historical check to make sure that land isn't contaminated? That looks like a plot of land where a building might have once stood, and that might mean industrial or underground heating oil tanks, etc. Just sayin'.

  2. Yes, soil samples from several areas in the block were tested by the UW labs and found to be uncontaminated. One area that was especially in question later was also tested and found to be fine.

  3. How would we water the plants?

  4. There will be a water tank on site.

  5. can I put my chicken coop here ??
    free fertilizer !!

  6. I want to grow some veggies and herbs. What a fun idea.