For those accustomed to testing combos via seasonal trial-and-error plantings, the project evaluations offer insightful shortcuts for understanding how different plants perform together in spring and early summer. Also of interest are the criteria and thought processes used in Cornell's scientific approach, ones similar to but not necessarily identical to the those used by passionate, seat-of-the-plants planters.
Growing for the community
Special thanks to Charlie Hall, who works in the physical therapy department at Oakridge Center, helping the elderly and disabled to regain strength and dignity. Charlie also grows tomato and pepper plants at the Genesis facility, which gives multiple benefits to the residents. The folks enjoy visiting the garden and helping out a bit, which is good for them physically. Many reminisce about gardens in their past, and mentally this has to be a boost. Not to mention the pleasure they receive when they eat the fresh produce!
Charlie also grew a garden at Trinity Lutheran Church, with all of the produce landing on Trinity's Table, a weekly Sunday-night supper for the hungry.
I get the weekly updates from the Manna Meal Garden and they, too, are inspirational -- so many volunteers producing so much food for those in need.
Then there's the Rev. Doug Minnerly and all of the volunteer gardeners at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on the West Side. They've got a dozen huge raised beds for community folks to use, and they've hosted a youth garden summer program, sharing gardening knowledge with kids in the neighborhood.
Gardeners works wonders in so many ways.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.