Check out the city’s community gardens

Whether you prefer to plant asparagus, zucchini or anything in between, one of the city’s 178 community garden plots can provide the space you need. Pick a plot at Smith Park, Harrison Park, or Brookside Park. A plot measuring 10 by 15 feet costs $41 ($51 for nonresidents) for the season (May – October) with a maximum of three plots per renter.

For more information, visit or call 952-563-8877. Return renter registration is open through February 6. Registration for new renters opens February 20. Fee assistance is available to qualifying Bloomington residents. Applicants must complete the fee assistance application process before a rental application can be submitted. It may take up to one week to process fee assistance applications.