DUMFRIES, Va. – A new community garden has been built in Dumfries. Want a garden plot? Well, first you have to know the rules.

The Town Council had a look at the new rules for the garden – all 24 of them that outline how big each plot should be, how you shouldn’t steal vegetables from other people’s plots, and how community gardeners are expected to attend regular garden club meetings and workshops.

“The community garden brings together people of all ages. It helps people learn to be self-sustaining and learn more about healthy living,” said Dumfries Town Councilman Derrick Wood, who pushed for the creation of the new garden as part of the town’s recently formed Parks and Recreation Commission.

The garden, located in the town’s Ginn Park on Graham Park Road, has only been in use for three months and has five gardeners and one church group who have claimed 11 of the 26 plots. Wood says he hopes to have all of the garden plots claimed by next spring, just in time for the next growing season.