The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

February 5, 2013

Cost share for raised garden beds

RICHMOND — The Madison County Conservation District (CD) is launching a new local cost share program for Madison County gardeners. The purpose of this best management practice is to promote wise use of soil and water resources while encouraging production of quality food in a limited area. Many people that are interested in producing some of their food do not have areas large enough to garden conventionally. Raised beds also allow some people that have reduced mobility to continue to produce homegrown vegetables and fruits.

 

The signups will begin Feb. 19 and continue through March 1. There is a limited amount of funds set aside for the program and approval will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program will be carried out subject to the conservation board of supervisors review until designated funds have been allocated. The Conservation District will provide 50 percent cost share to Madison County gardeners to a maximum of $250 per household. Eligible components for cost share include pre-constructed raised garden beds, and/or materials used for construction of raised garden beds, soil amendments for the garden bed, rain barrels for watering the raised beds and materials needed for rain barrel installation.

 

Soil quality and proper soil amendments are fundamental to successful gardening in raised beds. Compost, well-rotted manure, peat and other soil amendments may be added to soil for the raised beds. Soil tests are required once these are placed in the constructed beds. The soil test is free of charge as it is paid for by the Madison County Conservation District and Madison County Cooperative Extension District Board. Soil samples will be sent from the Madison County Cooperative Extension Service on Duncannon Lane to the University of Kentucky to determine proper nutrient needs to grow your intended vegetable or fruit. Needed fertilizer and lime per results of the soil test can be cost shared as part of the 50 percent cost share up to a maximum of $250 per household. Raised garden beds require more frequent watering than conventionally grown gardens. Installation of a rain barrel is an excellent water conservation measure that will benefit production of quality produce.

 

Sign-ups for cost share on raised garden beds will be at the Madison County Conservation District Office at 1024 Ival James Blvd. Suite A1, Richmond, KY 40475. Madison County Conservation District Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

For further information contact the Conservation District at lisa.smith@ky.nacdnet.net or phone 859-624-1981, Ext. 3.

 

Educational programs of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

1
Text Only
Lifestyles & Community
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results