The Plots Grow

The Naperville Garden Plots are finally starting to sprout despite a soggy spring. After the wettest April in over 50 years, owners of the Naperville garden plots have gotten some help from Mother Nature.

“The opening was delayed till about May 5th,” says Master Gardener Ron Ory. “We got some more rain after that and it was a tough Spring to grow things.”

The rain didn’t stop sisters Lynee and Susan Shatteck. The two purchase plots sides by side each year and feel the program is a great way for Naperville residents who live in apartments to have an opportunity to grow their own fresh produce.

“I love coming out to the gardens,” says Susan Shatteck. “I have a high stress job and just sitting and weeding takes all that stress of the day out.”

New this year to the Garden Plots is a program started in nearby towns called “Plant-A-Row”. Plant-A-Row donates food grown to local shelters, and Napervilles master gardeners pledged all the food grown on their four plots to be donated to Loaves and Fishes.

“I said it would be great to have it here since Naperville is probably the largest town in Dupage,” says Ory. “There are a number of folks who already contributed.”

With all of the 518 plots at the park being cultivated, many gardeners find that there is plenty of produce to go around.

“There is actually a place at the garden plots that you can put extra produce,” says Naperville Park District director of recreation Brad Wilson. “That is then collected and taken to local food pantries.”

The Plant-A-Row project hopes to grow more than one ton of fresh food this season that will be donated.

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