GREENSBURG – As the first buds of what will eventually be tomatoes sprouted under a gorgeous spring sky Thursday morning, it was clear to see that plenty of things are growing in the Greensburg Community Garden on Scoby Street.
With nearly all of the space’s 15 plots spoken for, organizer Oris Reece told the Daily News that two additional areas will soon be harboring crops of their own.
Reece said he has acquired two additional spaces – one on Vandalia Avenue and another on Anderson Street in Greensburg – with the intention of turning those areas into future garden plots.
The end result, Reece said, will be more locally grown produce to be given to those in need.
Going by the looks of things Thursday, the garden’s organizers and volunteers seem to be well on their way to meeting that goal.
Reece has begun growing 20 tomato plants in his garden plot at 212 Scoby Street. The score of lycopene rich red buds will be neighbors to a gaggle of cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, radishes, carrots and peppers as nature takes its course throughout the spring and summer.
The new raised gardens are coming along as well, thanks to the efforts of Reece and other volunteers. The top soil for those elevated plots was donated by Greensburg Community High School.
Reece joked the soil “has to be smart dirt” due to its school grounds origins.
But it doesn’t take a horticulture genius – or a scholar of any other sort, for that matter – to understand the philosophy behind the growing garden endeavor.
“We’re wanting to buy everyone a fishing pole instead of buying them a fish,” Reece said referencing a well-known proverb.
That’s the mantra behind this not-so-secret garden, which began last year as an idea shared by Reece and Rotary Club members Jeff Emsweller and Bryan Robbins. With the help of the Rotary Club, the Greensburg Ecumenical Agape Center, the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity, the idea became a reality. The very real fruits (but mostly vegetables) of last year’s labors – about 500 pounds of tomatoes alone –were given to needy community members and organizations such as Human Services, Inc. (HSI).