‘Gardens of Love’ in Beach Haven Seeks Green Thumbs

By Eric Englund | Sep 18, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Beach Haven — With summer soon turning into fall, the Beach Haven Community Garden is seeking local green thumbs to purchase a plot. The site of what is known as “Gardens of Love” is located on a tract of borough-owned land at the intersection of Nelson and West avenues. The name “Gardens of Love” was chosen by the fifth-grade class at the Beach Haven Elementary School.

Authorized through an ordinance adopted by the borough earlier this year, the garden will enable residents to grow their own produce through best gardening practices.

“Benefits include the preservation of green space as residents work collaboratively and share information in gardening techniques,” the ordinance said. “In addition, the garden will provide an educational forum for members to expand horticultural knowledge by way of cross-cultural and intergenerational connections as well as foster pride in a community-wide organization.”

In addition, the garden will be completely organic, as the use of synthetic herbicides and pesticides is prohibited. Trees and any permanent structures are prohibited. Walkways must be kept clear, and gardeners are responsible for weed maintenance. Tools and other materials should not be left in the pathways, and any tools supplied by the garden must stay in the garden area for others to use. Gardeners must not allow standing water to collect in any structure or fixtures, as they can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Brenda Swissman, community garden coordinator, said the land currently has 10 regular gardeners, and that there will soon be room for 10 more plots for fall gardening. Each plot is 4 by 8 feet.

“The fee for each plot is $45,” said Swissman. “They’ll have to pay $45 again next year if they want to participate.”

Swissman said most of plants grown so far are eggplant, zucchini, green beans, snap peas and watermelons.

“We had a lot of rain this summer so the garden is in good shape,” she said.

Swissman said she expects the garden will close late in the fall for the winter, but reopen in the spring.

“Beach Haven residents will get the first opportunity,” she said. “If we don’t get enough for Beach Haven, we’ll make them available to residents of Long Beach Township.”

For more information, contact Deputy Borough Manager Mary Clare Bunce at 609-492-0111, extension 215, or Swissman at 732-735-5010.  —E.E.






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