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Weeders Welcome: Oceanport to Open Community Garden to Planters

Ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday begins the gardening season in Oceanport.

We may be another week away from the official first day of spring, but the recent string of mild days has created the perfect backdrop for the grand opening of community garden on Saturday morning.

Tucked between and , the garden will enjoy its first full year of planting with some plots still available to residents.

The ceremony will take place on March 17 at 11 a.m. and the community is invited to attend.

The borough was recently awarded a $500 grant from the Garden Club of New Jersey, which will be used to build compost bins for the community garden, according to Councilwoman Ellynn Kahle. The GCNJ also donated some plants and trees -- like butterfly bushes and Japanese hollies -- that will be used around the garden and some spots in the borough.

Kahle, who serves as the organizer of the community garden, said that the borough was thankful that members of the Oceanport Public Works Department went on Presidents Day -- a borough holiday -- to pick up the donated plantings.

Community gardeners will have use of water spigots and hoses and soil that has been prepared by garden volunteers.

Applications for remaing 4-foot by 20-foot plots in the community garden can be found here.

The Oceanport Community Garden Committee meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at borough hall.

Shannon K. Winning March 13, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I don't know what it is about a community garden but the idea makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Every time I drive by I think, I'm going to do it this year. But I don't even tend the garden in my backyard. Have any of you done the community garden, or plan to this year? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Amy Byrnes March 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I loved covering the community garden in Tinton Falls last year and look forward to watching how Oceanport's progresses. I just like finding ways to use gardening jargon in my headlines.
Cindy Burnham March 14, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Congrats to your Mayor & Council for supporting your residents in this project! We, in Red Bank have been trying to get a Community Garden going for the last year and ahalf, but to no avail. We looked at 59 Borough owned properties, 21 of which were designated as VACANT LAND, but are now parking lots, apartments and affordable housing. We are going back to the council tonight with our number 1 site (94 Front St. the lot NEXT to the RB Library) and two alternates.
Shannon K. Winning March 14, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Red Bank, I think it may be time to move on to roof top gardens.

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