Grow it yourself at an Evanston Community Garden

Peggy White's an avid gardener, but she has a problem many people wouldn't consider a problem: a back yard completely shaded by giant elm trees.

The solution to Peggy's problem lies just a few feet away from her home at one of Evanston's community gardens, where garden plots rent for just $37.50 to $75 a year, plus a few hours of community service. The gardens are administered by the City of Evanston and sometimes have a waiting list.

According to Peggy the gardens are a wonderful way to build a sense of community among novice gardeners and the veteran gardeners, some of whom were raised on farms, and all of whom are generous with their advice and knowledge. In addition to gardeners the community includes deer, rabbits and an assortment of other "critters," reports Peggy.

Local correspondent Mike Stern, who manages Koenig & Strey's Evanston office, suggested I visit the community gardens, describing them as a great way to own some dirt in Evanston.

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