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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Updated: 6:32 PM

Dear Editor,

It's that time again in the Adirondacks when our minds are filled with gardening: planning what to grow, starting seeds, preparing the ground, setting a fence or barrier to alleviate critter activity, plotting design, and the actual planting and tending to the garden.

Before we know it the ground will be warm enough to dig in and get dirty.

Activity is already beginning here at the Indian Lake Community Garden. The perennial garden is being worked; rocks are being picked; nutrients are being added to the soil; and plans for new doors, perfecting the watering system and setting the fencing are being worked out.

Currently we have several families returning to work their plots, new individuals who have secured a plot and several plots that are still available for local residents. There is no charge to work a plot; we just ask that you maintain it and prior to fall plowing clean up your area.

One of the greatest benefits to working in a community garden is the support you receive from other gardeners. Everyone has little secrets to share, so there is always something new to learn and fun to be had. It's a great way to interact with fellow neighbors while providing your family with fresh produce.

In addition to having a secure gardening area there is a shed full of tools and other garden items, plenty of water, a high tunnel to get an early start or prolong your growing season, and seeds when available.

While available each child accompanied by a parent will receive five free magic pumpkin seeds to enter the Hamilton County pumpkin contest and a set of small gardening tools.

If you are interested in joining the Indian Lake Community Garden or want more information please call 648-5911 or email hamiltoncountycaa@yahoo.com. For those of you who do not want to commit to a plot of your own we are always looking for volunteers to work the pantry garden, which is reserved for the food pantry at the Community Action Agency, or help with overall maintenance of the garden.

Deborah Ameden

community garden coordinator

Indian Lake

     

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