New community garden plots opening for both Leawood and non-Leawood residents

Sixteen community garden plots will be available in north Leawood for the rest of this growing season. The site may expand to 32 plots next year.
Sixteen community garden plots will be available in north Leawood for the rest of this growing season. The site may expand to 32 plots next year.

Northeast Johnson County residents with a mid-season itch to do some gardening but who don’t have space on their own properties will have a unique opportunity through the city of Leawood.

The city has opened up 16 4’x14’ community garden plots behind the fire station at 96th Street and Lee Boulevard, part of a pilot project (the city ultimately plans to move its community garden project far south to Ironwoods Park at 147th Street and Mission Road).

This pilot season will run through November, giving gardeners the opportunity to cultivate hot-season crops.

“There’s still plenty of time to grow tomatoes, pumpkins, squashes, as well as a second planting of lettuces, etc… in the fall,” said Leawood City Councilor Debra Filla.

The plots cost $25 for the season for Leawood residents and $40 for non-residents. Filla notes that the city has provided the redwood boxes for each plot as well as mulch and a water hookup. Town & Country has also donated 20 cubic yards of compost for use with the plots. Filla anticipated that the sites will be ready for soil prep by the end of this week.

You can download the application and regulations information for the garden plots here.