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    Silver bells and cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row might be how gardens grow in the world of nursery rhymes, but in Moab it takes time, diligence and tender loving care.

    In an effort to give residents who don’t have a space to plant a garden, Moab Community Gardens is expanding to new sites and is accepting applications from those who would like a plot.

    Becky Mann and Shiree Duncan said the Resiliency Hub-affiliated group has plot sizes ranging from 10 feet by 10 feet, 20 feet by 10 feet, 16 feet by 38 feet and 32 feet by 38 feet at garden locations on East Bench Road in Spanish Valley, East Center Street, and Our Village Community Center on 500 West.

    The women were pruning fruit trees Saturday at the East Bench Road gardens near the Moab Golf Course as a first step in shaking off the winter. There are a number of plots on site, a few raised beds, and irrigation equipment.

    The cost to rent a plot is on a sliding scale with costs reduced “if you want to volunteer,” said Mann.

    Applications are due by March 15 and the first workdays will begin in April.

    “This is for people who don’t have room to garden, but want to garden,” said Mann.

    “We’re making gardening accessible,” said Duncan. “How important is growing our own food … with higher nutrition.”

    The gardening is organic and includes pollinator landscaping.

    Those who apply for and receive a plot to garden must agree to work it through the season.

    To access the application, go to bit.ly/mocom-apply. For more information, send an email to mocomgardens@gmail.com.

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