Spring is offically more than a month away, but Peace Lutheran Church, 5 Scenic Drive in Washington, is looking for gardeners interested in planting plots in its community garden.

This year will mark the seventh season for the Peace Lutheran Church Community Garden, which includes eight plots, each 7- by 15-feet in size.

The plots are offered completely free of charge to anyone wanting to use one, said Mike Smith, organizer.

“We have a range of gardeners, from people who have never gardened before and want to learn — this is an opportunity to learn, we have people who can help them — to people who have a lot of experience,” said Smith.

The plots are available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone looking for ground to plant a garden, whether that is because they live in an apartment or just don’t have an ideal space in their yard, said Smith.

Gardeners can sign up for a full or half plot, and they get to keep their own harvest. Most gardeners choose to grow vegetables, and some like to enhance their plots with flowers.

“We do have a native prairie garden that surrounds one corner to enhance the pollinators and provide beneficial insects,” Smith noted.

He will till the plots in spring to get them ready for the gardeners.

People are responsible for planting and tending to their plot. There is access to a water spigot at the church, for gardeners to use.

The water is provided free of charge, although some gardeners do make small donations to the church to help offset the expense.

“It’s a gift of Peace Lutheran Church to the community,” Smith said.

For more information on the Peace Lutheran Church Community Garden or to reserve a plot in the garden, people should call Smith at 636-221-9076.