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Crete Community Garden

Plots will continue to be assigned until July 1 this year

 garden entrance
5a748071a4494Crete Community Garden entrance.
Directions to the Crete Community Garden.
Gardner's indicate on the application their desired plot preference based on the numbered layout above. (plots 27-32 are unavailable for 2020)
A view of the garden in July.
Crete Community Garden - June 2017.
Crete Community Garden - June 2017.
Crete Community Garden - July 2017.
Tomatoes growing in July at the community garden.
Peppers growing in July at the community garden.
Blue pumpkins are one variety growing at the community garden.
Sunflowers planted in a new bed at the entrance of the garden. The old garden gate was repurposed as a backdrop.
Sunflowers growing in August.
Crete Community Garden entrance.

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10th and Thornwood Ave
(South of the intersection about a half block)

The garden is located in southwest Crete, established in 2012 after land was donated to the City of Crete for the purpose of creating a community garden. 

The garden is fenced with an entrance gate and parking area. Amenities available to garden participants include a water hydrant, potting tables and benches, tomato/plant cages, compost bins, and a shed stocked with basic gardening tools. The fenced garden includes a new arbor entrance funded and installed by the Crete Rotary Club in the fall of 2017.  (Go to Parks and Recreation Department Main Page)

Individual garden plots typically measure 7 feet by 12 feet and are rented for the season at $25 each. Gardeners may rent additional plots at $20 each. A $20 deposit per gardener is returned to those who abide by garden rules and participate in a fall clean up of their plots.

Gardening applications are made available by March 1 each year and plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Applications are available at City Hall - Public Works Office or at the links below. 


View the 2020 garden information and application packet: English or Spanish.

  • applications are also available at City Hall, 243 East 13th Street.
  • Please return applications by mail, drop at City Hall drive-thru, or email.
  • Garden dates to remember:
    • March 1: Applications available. Application review and plot assignments begin on a first-come, first-served basis. 
    • May 1: Gardeners can begin planting (or earlier based on individual request). Some seeds may be available in the garden shed.
    • Update June 1: plots will assigned until July 1 for the 2020 season.
      • plots 27-32 on the garden layout are unavailable this season.
    • Nov. 30: All plants removed and plots cleaned; deposits returned contingent on clean-up.
  • Visit the Crete Community Garden Facebook Page for regular updates during the growing season