Master gardener Nancy Russell, second from left, offers gardening pointers to, from left, Lily McDaniel, Julie Jones and Leila Bond at the opening of the spring planting season at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service community garden in Gatesville last week.

GATESVILLE — About 10 determined gardeners braved a blustery Saturday morning to launch the spring planting season at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service community garden here last week.

The garden, adjacent to the U.S. Post Office in Gatesville, is for novice and experienced gardeners who want to grow their own vegetables, said Julie Gardner, county Extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

Joined by Pasquale Swaner, county agent for agriculture, and a cadre of master gardeners, Gardner welcomed the gardeners, who started working 6-foot raised plots with spading forks and their bare hands.

Water for the plots is provided by a 3,000-gallon storage tank that collects rainwater from the roof of the post office.

For more information about the community garden, call Gardner at 254-865-2414.

Contact Tim Orwig at torwig@kdhnews.com

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