Once the ground thaws and weather warms, Dublin will offer a community garden for the first time.

Once the ground thaws and weather warms, Dublin will offer a community garden for the first time.

The Dublin Community Garden will give residents space to test their green thumbs at Darree Fields starting in April.

For the first year, 25 spaces measuring 15 feet by 15 feet, are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Dublin residents. Registration started Dec. 23.

"(The plots) will go on sale through the Dublin Recreation Center, but it hasn't started yet," Mime Migliore, Dublin's nature education coordinator told The Villager last week. "We've had some inquiries."

The new community garden, near a parking area for the dog park at Darree Fields, was a goal for Dublin City Council members.

"I'm excited," Migliore said. "I think it will be a great opportunity for our residents."

Opportunity will also come to Dublin gardeners through a four-course gardening series.

"Our community gardeners will receive the classes for free, but the classes are still open to the public," Migliore said. "It's a great set of classes.

" There are four classes, one of which is taught by Bill Dawson from the Franklin Park Conservatory. Another is taught by Dr. Dave Shetlar, the bug doctor, from OSU."

The classes will begin March 6 with "Planning a Year of Vegetables" from Dawson.

"Soil ABC's" from Washington Township Maintenance Supervisor Dave Gibson will give gardeners information on soil April 10.

The bug doctor will go over how to deal with bugs in gardening May 15 and the classes will end June 12 when Whole Foods covers cooking in "After the Harvest."

"It's phenomenal knowledge," Migliore said.

While 25 gardeners will till and harvest the plots in the first year, volunteers will also be used, she said.

"It will be volunteer-run," Migliore said of the garden. "There is a difference between volunteers and gardeners ... . Volunteers will keep an eye out.

"If someone is on vacation and cannot tend to their garden and they want to donate food while on vacation, the volunteers will go in there and pick the vegetables," she said.

"The volunteers will have that role in assisting the garden, watching for weeds and keeping an eye on it."

Hoses aren't allowed in the garden, but gardeners can fill buckets and watering cans via a water spigot, Migliore said. The garden will also be maintained organically.

Plots in the Dublin Community Garden cost $40; the fee covers an annual tilling, compost tending, water and gardening classes.

The community gardening education series costs $4 per session for people not involved in the community garden.

For more information about the new Dublin Community Garden, contact Parks and Open Spaces at 614-410-4700 or look in Dublin's winter 2014 recreation services, programs and activities guide.