If you like condo living but miss growing your own vegetables, there is a tried and true solution for you! While it may seem like something from the 40′s and their “Victory Gardens”, the idea of community gardening is still strong in Fairfax County! There are more than 650 garden plots available in nine different locations. Plots are typically 30′x20′ and rents for about $60/year.
February may seem a bit early to plan for spring, but the garden plots are very desirable and there are wait lists for most, if not all, locations.
To sign up, visit the Fairfax County page at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring/plots.htm
The community garden locations are: Baron Cameron Park(Reston), Broyhill Crest (Annandale), Eakin Park (Annandale), Franconia Park (Alexandria), George Mason Park (Annandale), Grist Mill Park (Alexandria), Lewinsville Park (McLean), Nottoway Park (Vienna) and Bo White Gardens at Pineridge Park (Annandale, pictured above, across the street from Woodburn Village.) Places like Falls Church, Fairfax City and Arlington will have their own programs and plots available.
So, if you own a condominium (and like gardening) you may finally be able to grow your own flowers and vegetables. It may turn into a great hobby where you can meet like-minded people and get a sense of community.