Community gardens take seed

Just diggin’ it – Stettler’s new community gardens were officially launched last weekend with the first seeds being planted by gardening enthusiasts.

Just diggin’ it – Stettler’s new community gardens were officially launched last weekend with the first seeds being planted by gardening enthusiasts.

Stettler’s new community gardens was officially inaugurated on May 22 as a major project of Heartland Beautification Committee of the Town of Stettler.

Located between 46 and 47 avenues and 56A and 57A streets, the garden provides space for people – without space for their own garden at home – to plant and produce vegetables, flowers or herbs.

“I’m glad we are finally at this stage that we planned one year ago and it’s nice to see the seed in the ground,” said Rob Spencer who chairs the beautification committee.

Several volunteers planted seeds and bulbs for Stettler and District Food Bank in the largest garden, measuring 22 feet by 50 feet.

Smallest lots are 10 feet by 10 feet with medium set at 10 feet by 22 feet and the largest covering 22 feet by 22 feet.

Overall the garden covers 50 by 100 feet – 5,000 square feet.

“We’ve got lots of interest and great support from the community,” said Spencer.

Besides the food bank, 12 different plots have been rented by people, ranging from young people to seniors.

“I’m sure we will be bigger next year,” said Spencer.

With a sign and a partial fence at the corners of the garden, the committee plans to plant a border with flowers and other plants.

Several items have been donated from businesses, schools and individuals.

While construction students of William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler built a tool shed for the site, a local business donated a 500-gallon water tank.