Plans underway for community garden in Clanton

Published 5:27 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015

Plans are underway for a community garden in Clanton this spring sponsored by the Clanton Evening Lions Club called “The Lions Share.”

This will be the fifth year the club has sponsored the garden.

“It is for anyone interested,” said Pastor Greg Nobles, who is helping organize the effort.

The garden will be located off Popwell Avenue in Clanton, just past Dr. Bethany Lyn’s office, and will be prepared by the Lions Club for planting.

“The Lions will apply fertilizer where needed,” Nobles said.

Anyone interested will be responsible for the $5 cost per 10-foot by 12-foot plot.

Seeds and plants are donated by Jones Feed and Seed, LeCroy Career Technical Center, and Garrison Farm and Home Center, and will be available to all gardeners.

Nobles said once the land is prepared, gardeners will be responsible for planting, harvesting and plot upkeep.

“The garden is great for people who want to grow crops but may not have the room,” Nobles said. “You do not have to know about gardening, though, to have a plot. There will be people who can help those who don’t know what they are doing.”

The garden is also open to anyone of any age, Nobles said.

Gardeners must plant for their own use or to share.

In 2014, the Lions Club planted and harvested corn, tomatoes, squash, and peppers that were donated to “Through the Grace of God Ministry.”

Flowers may also be planted in the garden if desired.

“We are inviting everyone to come get their hands dirty and enjoy the fruit of the land,” Nobles said. “The past four years have produced both produce and memories, and many have joined friends and family for shared blessings.”

Interested parties may call (205) 389-2141 for more information or to reserve a plot.

Nobles said the sooner individuals can sign up for a plot, the better it will be to plan for how many plots the group will have.