Volunteers welcome at the People’s Garden


By Michelle Stephenson



The People’s Garden, a local community garden located behind the Agape Distribution Center on Brooklyn Avenue in Sidney, is bursting with delicious produce. Its 54 raised garden beds have yielded more than 250 pounds of organic vegetables so far this season. Garden bed renters and Agape pantry shoppers have enjoyed and reaped the nutritional benefits this community garden has to offer.

At the People’s Garden, our on site teaching building’s interior is being prepared for future garden workshops, classes, and meetings. So far this summer we’ve had electric and insulation installed. We are in need of volunteers for wiring, installation of walls, and flooring. Plus, anyone wishing to volunteer at the garden pulling weeds or picking produce is welcome anytime. For more information contact Conelia Dixon at 937-726-9525.

The best thing is the garden season isn’t over yet! According to the Shelby County OSU Extension Office, Master Gardener Volunteers, suggestions for what to plant now might include, but are not limited to the following: leaf lettuce, radishes, spinach, kale, arugula, and cauliflower. Don’t forget about the herbs! Many are highly nutritional and add another dimension to salads and entrees. Herbs to consider may be parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, mint, and lavender. Flowers might include, but are not limited to: asters, chrysanthemum, common daisies, and marigolds. Popular flower bulbs for spring blooms may include tulips and daffodils. Happy gardening and we look forward to seeing you at the People’s Garden!

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By Michelle Stephenson

The writer is a volunteer at the People’s Garden.

The writer is a volunteer at the People’s Garden.