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Community garden being prepared for planting this spring

submitted by Mina Lindelof

Signs of spring abound. I don’t know about you, but the warm weather last week made me anxious to get out and start digging in the dirt and planting flowers and vegetables. This year we are fortunate to have space set aside for a community garden. “Leah’s Garden” is named for Glenwood City School District’s previous community education director, Leah Rule, who initiated the effort to create a community garden spot.

It is located at Glenwood’s City Park on First Street near Glen Park Manor and will be broken into plots which will be available to area residents who would like to grow their own produce.  The close proximity of the garden, the availability of water and a shady resting spot between weeding or harvesting, make this site an excellent choice for local gardeners.

If you lack a good gardening site of your own, either due to lack of sun, poor soil, or inadequate space, this is a great opportunity for you to try out your green thumb.  Home grown fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious, healthy, and economical. You and your family will also benefit from the time spent outdoors together and, perhaps, meet a new friend or exchange recipes with another gardener.

Since Earth Day is Wednesday, the 22nd, we are hoping to celebrate by getting a lot of the garden site preparation work done this week, weather permitting. Fertilizer and compost needs to be spread and tilled in. Then we can mark off the garden plots (approximately 10’ x 15-20’). Actual size will be calculated once the tilling is done. Next, mulch will be spread on pathways between the garden plots and a fence will be put up around the garden. There is a lot of work to be done and if you would like to lend a helping hand, it would be greatly appreciated.

We will have two times available for registration and orientation for garden renters to choose from to attend.  One will be Thursday, May 7 at 6:45 pm and the other is Saturday, May 9 at 10:15 am.  These sessions will take place at the Glenwood City Public Library. Julie Hawley, as Garden Coordinator, will conduct the training and estimates it would take 20-30 minutes. Plot rental will be $15.00 per plot and $5 will be refunded at the end of the season provided your space has been properly maintained and cleaned up at the end of the season.

Barb Nelson is spearheading the garden initiative and she welcomes your inquiries. If you have any questions and would like additional information, would like to join the garden planning committee, or help with garden plot preparation, or get on the list to reserve your plot in the garden, please contact Barb at

Keep watching for further updates here and the school district newsletter. Check out our website at and Leah’s Garden Facebook page.