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Garden a perfect place to watch things grow

Posted: Friday, May 4th, 2012

Volunteers check the progress of the work on the troughs being prepared for use as container gardens located under an old pine tree in the back yard of the Marana Food Bank.

MARANA The Marana Community Food Bank has planted a container garden in the backyard of its facility on Grier Road in Marana. Besides being a special place to relax and watch the development of the vegetables, herbs and flowers, it will also be used as a tool to teach anyone who wants to know the joy of container gardening.

Wed like to be able to demonstrate to Marana Food Bank clients that its possible to grow a little food at home. In a small container on their patio they can grow tomatoes, garlic, onions, lettuce, spinach, and if I can grow a little container garden, anybody can, said Marana Community Food Bank Executive Director Linda Hampton. It also creates a very nice environment here at the food bank for people to come and sit in the shade under the tree, watch things grow. Our volunteers get to work in the garden. Its really good to be able to nurture something and see it produce food.

Hampton with the help of her husband, Jeff, her brother, Jesse Leon Gallaher, her father, Jesse Gallaher, and three inmates from the Marana Correctional Facility put together a collection of horse water troughs. Each one was stacked on top of large blocks. The bottoms of each tank were drilled out to make sure there was plenty of drainage for the plants.

Hampton said you dont need the large containers to harvest your own foot. Small pots of all shapes and sizes work well.

We like to have the morning sun, explains Hampton. The plants will need some sun but we dont need baking sun all day. So in this spot where were going to put the garden there is the morning sun but the shade takes over for most of the rest of the day.

The garden came about after the management at the Marana Correctional Facility talked with Hampton about doing something in memory of their company founder, Robert Marquardt, who passed away recently. Besides providing help with the labor the facility also made a monetary contribution. A small plaque will be set up in the middle of the garden.

The Marana Rotary Club also helped about by purchasing two of the troughs. Hampton said there were also many volunteers and individual contributors.

For the complete article see the 05-09-2012 issue.

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