Gardeners tilling away for 3rd season

Published 1:10 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In its third year Ironton’s Community Garden continues to attract the novice and experienced gardeners who need their own little plot.

“The garden is going well this year,” Carol Allen, of Ironton In Bloom, said. “We had a late start because of this crazy weather this spring. But every plot is taken and planted.”

The garden on the corner of Seventh and Adams streets, is a partnership between IIB and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital to provide space for those who don’t have any place to garden at their home, whether it is because they are apartment dwellers or have little or no yard at their house.

This year, as in the past, the garden drew participants from a variety of demographics with approximately 50 percent of those repeat from years past.

“It is a wonderful variety of folks,” Allen said.

In fact, this spring there was also a waiting list for garden plots.

“That is kind of where we want to be,” she said.

The partnership with OLBH provides mulch and some supplies. The city of Ironton provides water for the area free.

Plots are $20 except for seniors or those with a physical disability. Then that fee is waived.

“Those of us who have had a plot before are given first opportunity to sign up,” Allen said. “It is fun to be a part of a gardening community. You are hardly ever there and there is not someone who is working on their gardens, particularly if you work early in the morning or after dinner at night. People are like me. They love it.”