By SHEILA NELSON
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
Fairview Home generously donated a large section of land, which, under the direction of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, has been turned into a community garden complete with walking trail.
The walking trail is ready to be used and may be enjoyed by anyone who wishes to walk there.
The property is proving to be an excellent asset to the residents of Fairview Home, and will be enjoyed much more by them and other members of the community as the spring weather stabilizes.
Plots will be rented in a variety of sizes, so come reserve one that is just the right size for you. The plots will be plowed, and you will then be responsible for the planting and care of your plants.
Plot sizes and related per season costs are 10’ x 10’ plot ($10); 10’ x 20’ ($20); 10’ x 30’ ($30); and 10’ x 40’ ($40). There will be 10-foot buffer zones between garden plots to help reduce insect and fungus migration.
Water will be available on-site. Participants are encouraged to raise all plants to comply with organic gardening standards.
Master Gardeners are offering the following classes, which will be free to plot holders and $5 per class for all others. Classes begin at 6 p.m. at Fairview Home:
•Monday, March 31: Plants, Companion Plants, Plant Rotation
•Monday, June 16: One on One, Disease and Insects
•Monday, July 28: One on One, Fall Planting and Closing Your Garden
Beginning in June, Master Gardeners will also be offering classes at THE MARKETPLACE on Tuesday evenings at the historic train station in downtown Pulaski.
There will be monthly work days to help maintain common areas around garden plots. Peggy White of the Chamber will be the Garden Coordinator to arrange events and keep people up-to-date on activities.
Each plot renter will, of course, be the owner of what is grown on his/her plot. However, there will be a box available in the event anyone has extra fruits or vegetables that he/she would like to donate to Fairview Home.
An information packet has been prepared by Master Gardeners. It includes information on such things as mulching, feeding plants, pest management, weed management, controlling garden diseases and ideas for successive planting. There is also a chart of recommended planting dates especially for this area.
For more information or to reserve your plot, contact the Visitor Center at 674-1991.
When you complete your application and pay the fee for your plot, you will receive your information packet and plot assignment.
Join your friends and neighbors in this happy, healthy gardening project, and enjoy eating locally grown foods!
The garden and walking trail project was a joint venture. Gay & Neel developed the initial drawings and HT Bowling Inc. did the grading. Pulaski County, Pulaski County Extension Office, Pulaski 4-H, Inmates from New River Valley Regional Jail and NRV Master Gardeners also provided assistance.
Financial assistance of major sponsor ATK has been another big boost to the project.