Residents prepare for third year of community gardening

BOLIVAR, Tenn. — Plant a seed and watch it grow, the Bolivar Community Garden is preparing to enter its third year of community gardening.

“In 2019, I had a community interest meeting at the library. Julian McTizic, the mayor of Bolivar, introduced himself and [said we’ll] give you what you want and need for this garden, and we sought to make that happen. We just needed someone to drive it forward,” said Bolivar Community Garden Manager Brittney Willis.

The garden was started in 2020. With help from the city and some grants, the garden was provided with high powered water sources, fencing for the area, raised flower beds and more.

“We come here and then we started even through COVID. So when COVID kind of took hold in 2020, there they were. So volunteers are mostly what makes up his garden,” Willis said.

When the volunteers arrive, Willis will give them an overview of the plants grown and where the tools are kept.

“We have people who come to this home garden a lot, and they want to talk about gardening, shopping when they come. Other people are just listening out of ears and don’t know anything about gardening yet. So it’s a great place for people who know what they’re doing and want to learn more, and people who don’t know anything, and everything is new and exciting for them,” Willis said.

The garden opens on April 5, and although it is still a bit chilly outside, there are only a few weeks left before we start to see some of the plants sprout.

“Leafy greens come first. Strawberries are coming soon. The asparagus should be ready here in a minute, but every time the middle of the season starts I send people home with five to 11 pounds of produce when they leave here after our two hours,” Willis said. .

The garden will be open to volunteers on April 5, and will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and every first Saturday.

These hours for the garden will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the first Saturdays.

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