LITTLE SILVER:Little Silver residents will have the chance to get their own plot of land for gardening, in a community garden approved recently.
The land, behind the Parker Homestead across from Sickles Field, would be divided into 40 plots. It would be first come, first serve to get one, and only one member from a household could apply.
The area is ¾ of an acre, and nonorganic pesticides or fertilizers are prohibited. Pets and smoking would not be allowed. Other than that, there are no restrictions, as the gardens could be used to plant vegetables, fruits, flowers or other plants.
At 300 by 100 feet, the area would be divided into plots that are 4 by 30 feet. Four of the plots would be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.
The cost is $50 for residents, and $75 for nonresidents within nearby towns.
The garden was discussed at the September workshop and November council meeting, where borough council approved an ordinance for the garden, outlining its rules. Supporters of a community garden, such as the Little Silver Garden Club, environmental commission and girl scouts, helped craft the project.
At the public hearing for the ordinance, the supporters came out to mark the event. Residents had several questions about location and size. Mary Katherine Clark asked Mayor Neff if he would be planting there and he stated as he has a garden at his house he would probably not take a space to allow for someone else to use it. At both discussions, organizers said interest in the plots has been high.
However, the planting season would begin in May. The borough would have to use the winter to mark out spots, install fencing and signage.