Is your green thumb itching to dig in the dirt?

Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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Area folks who love to garden, but do not have space to plant one, are invited to consider a plot in the “community garden,” sponsored by and made available by the Miller United Methodist Church.

The garden is part of the church’s community outreach. Twenty-one plots will be available free of charge for persons who would like to produce their own produce. The plots will be assigned according to the date applications are received. If necessary, a waiting list will be maintained if more than 21 applications are received.

The plots are located just to the north of the church parsonage. The land was plowed and tilled last fall.

The church is applying for grants to help with the cost of the water, but no costs will be assessed for the garden plots.

More information will be made available Sunday, March 10. The public is invited to attend church services at 10:30 a.m., and a baked potato bar at 11:30. The community garden information will be presented at 12:30.

Participants will be asked to sign a contact that spells out conditions.

The church has already sampled the soil, and the plots will be fertilized. Water will also be available.

Gardeners will be responsible for providing their own tools, seeds and plants, and certain other conditions are part of the contract. For instance, application of weed killers to the plots is prohibited. Each gardener will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of their individual garden spot. According to church member Linda Conkey, some members of the congregation are Master Gardeners, and can provide gardening tips if requested. Members of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship will provide help if some gardeners need assistance in weeding or other garden care.

But a main objective of the community garden is to provide an opportunity to produce healthy food, as well as healthy relationships between organizations and individuals. Conkey said the garden plots are open to everyone, including such groups as a 4-H club.

Besides providing garden space, the goal is also to provide learning opportunities for novice gardeners. Should it be a bountiful production year, any unused produce will be donated to Helping Hands or a similar organization.

Plan to attend the March 10 information meeting. If unable to attend, but you’re interested in a garden plot, call Gene Norton at 853-3101.


SOIL WAS TILLED in the fall of 2012 just north of the Methodist parsonage and will be ready for planting this spring, as community garden plots.

Community Gardens

Informational meeting

12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 10

United Methodist Church