The ability to grow your own food should be a universal right, regardless of whether or not you own land. That’s the idea behind the Blaine community garden.
Located between 6th and 7th streets on G Street, the land donated by the city of Blaine includes 22 plots, each measuring 12' by 20'. Plots are available for a $12 annual fee.
Volunteer manager Charles Kelm said gardeners can work in their plots at any time.
“In fact, I sometimes come with a flashlight in the middle of the night, hunting slugs,” he said. The only restriction is that no pesticides or herbicides are allowed on the premises unless they are certified organic.
“We want to keep the soil healthy,” he said. “If you’re wondering if an additive is ok to use, just ask before using.”
Gardening tools are available in a small locked tool shed, and seeds are available in limited quantities.
Kelm said the heavy clay soil can be challenging to work with, but has gotten better over the years thanks to soil amendments. He added that it’s not too late to start a garden, as the following vegetables (and more) are good to sow in July: arugula, beans, beets, broccoli, carrots, cilantro, dill, kale, lettuce, parsley, peas, radishes, Swiss chard and turnips.
For more information, call Kelm at 360/220-1870.