Sharing Is Caring (for Plants) at a Fairfax Community Garden Plot

Community Gardening Plot

Dirty deeds: Whether you’re growing raspberries or rhubarb, the rules say you must maintain your plot from May 1 to November 15. (RDPixelShop via Flickr)

Earlier this month, we highlighted Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria.

While researching that post, I found out a little bit about the Community Garden Plots provided by the Fairfax County Park Authority (while it’s on the Green Spring Gardens page, Green Spring Gardens itself does not have a plot, which I found odd).

One of the drawbacks about renting an apartment is the lack of a yard, which many suburbanites who move into apartments greatly miss. My father is a master gardener, and I had a friend who owned a landscaping business, so I’m somewhat familiar with … well, I’m familiar with them loving to grow things. Don’t trust me to do anything but water plants.

I will say one thing: If any of us can grow our own food, only good things can come of it. Wow, I know, really profound. Shut up.

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The community plots program features 10 garden plots to choose from in nine locations, with sites in Reston, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna and Annandale, which sports an impressive four plots for your gardening pleasure.

There are more than 650 plots rented on an annual basis. Most of the plots are 30’ by 20’, though 18 plots at the Grist Mill location in Alexandria are 20’ by 10’. Large plots go for $65, smaller ones for $60.

There are Garden Plot Rules and Guidelines to follow. You can’t just bring in your souped-up John Deere and start plowing any old way you feel. Urban gardeners must maintain a sense of decorum. In fact, there are plenty of rules the gardening renter has to follow.

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There are also some eligibility requirements that are covered in that link as well, chief among them: You have to be a county resident.

You’re gonna hate me, but there is a catch here. There’s a waiting list. Why am I blogging about it now? Well, how else are you gonna find out about it? You never know when a plot will become available, and if you stick around long enough, one will. Whether a plot becomes available this year or not, if you’re interested, contact the site.

And if I can encourage you to garden a little (here’s a list of D.C.-area gardening plots, and here’s a similar program in Montgomery County), wherever you are, I think I’ve done a good thing.

Weed on, my friends.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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  • Tina

    I live in Fairfax county near the government center. Why doesn’t Fairfax have a community garden in my area? who can I talk to about it?

  • Bridget Kraja

    Why doesn’t the Springfield/Burke area have any community garden plots? It would be nice to garden closer to home.