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By Jessica Graves
The Master Gardeners of Pope County, developed by the University of
Arkansas Cooperative Extension Offices, is supplying garden plots at
the Russellville Senior Activity Center for spring planting.
The two are partnering up in a âcommunity gardenâ to be located just to
the north of the building.
Four 20-by-20-foot plots will be used for gardening. The Master
Gardenerâs will have the ground to plant by March 15. It will be
fertilized and ready to go at that time.
Each group or individual will be solely responsible for their area and
can plant anything they would like, such as flowers or vegetables. They
will be responsible for the upkeep of their area for the growing
season, and everything they harvest will belong to them, according to
Tom Casner, Master Gardeners member.
A Master Gardener will be assigned to each area to give technical
assistance as needed. The technical advisors of the project are Casner,
Mike Church, Patti and Michelle Ward, Darlene McGuire and Susan
Williams, president of Master Gardenerâs.
Each Master Gardenerâs member will be a resource for the group to help
them on what to plant and in helping them do it. The Master Gardenerâs
have gotten the ground ready to work, and will buy seeds and till the
soil, according to Casner.
âAll plots are filled at this time. Weâve done really well this year
and hope to make it bigger next year. Weâve started out small, and now
weâve got an inter-generational thing going on,â said Sherry Tidwell,
senior activity center director.
Three projects were planned by Casner for the activity center â
landscaping, a water garden and vegetable gardens.
Casner said he got the idea from his late father, who liked tomatoes.
Casner planted his dad a tomato garden, which helped his father to get
up each day and go out to check on the plants.
âItâs an ongoing thing, and will hopefully be expanded,â said Casner.
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