What does it take to plant a garden?
Over the past few weeks a group of Cub Scouts have been learning all about gardening as they have gotten their hands dirty doing everything from clearing rocks from a plot to putting plants in the ground.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 70 were out in their bit of earth this past Thursday evening under the direction of RaeLynn Stands, gardening instructor, who helped them understand the basics of good vegetable gardening.
According to Stands, she was approached by Dick Gewerth with an idea for the Scouts.
“He said he had a spot where they could plant a garden,” Stands said, adding, however, when arriving at the spot just off of Valley View Drive in old North Redwood her mouth dropped. “It’s three-quarters of an acre. That’s not a garden. That is a field.”
Nonetheless, the group of Scouts and their families got together and began working on their new project, with Stands outlining what would be planted and where it should be planted.
There were rows of tomatoes and peppers in the ground, with a huge area dedicated to vining plants, such as pumpkins, with the Scouts learning everything from how to properly put a tomato plant in the ground to understanding once an area has been planted it is not a good idea to keep walking on top of the seeds.
The plan, once the produce is ready for harvesting, is to sell some of it at a farmers market.
As the group is confident the garden is going to be successful, it also plans to donate some of what is harvested to area food shelf organizations, including ones in Redwood Falls and Morgan.
Some of the pumpkins the Scouts are growing are going to be donated to the local Head Start program.
Stands said the Scouts went out and requested donations from local businesses and individuals to help their garden grown, and they received a great response from entities, such as Larson’s Home Furnishings. Walmart, Blossom Town, Runnings, Ameriprise Financial, Scott-Preusse, Kohls-Weelborg Ford, Clements Lumber, the VFW, Goblirsch Tire and several individuals in the community. The Scouts wanted to thank everyone who helped to make their garden project possible this year.
Stands said the Scouts were assisted by Jennifer Reynolds and Angie Wadsworth in their efforts to receive those donations.
Over the next several weeks, one might see the Scouts and their families down in the garden weeding, watering and in other ways maintaining the garden, and Stands is hopeful this can be a project that continues into the future.