Community gardens growing in popularity

By Stephanie Claytor

Published 06/15 2014 11:56PM

Updated 06/15 2014 11:59PM

The Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners is celebrating its fifth anniversary. It held an open house Sunday at three of its gardens. Dozens came out to learn how to cultivate better gardens. 

"We've had an incredible success with just the bloom of gardens that have just risen all over the city," said Mary Dumars, President of the Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners. 

According to Dumars, the best plants to grow here are tomatoes, okra, melons, peppers, and squash. If debating plants need water, the gardener should put their index finger in the soil. If your finger comes out of the mud dry, then it's time to water the plants. Dumars said you should water the plants early in the morning or at dusk. Also, make sure to spray the water  the soil, not the plants. 

In the past five years, more than a dozen community gardens have popped up around the city. The Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy started its garden in its parking lot with cinder blocks. Now, its clients receive vegetables and medication. 

If you're interested in gardening, you can stop by the coalition's next meeting. It's on July 1, at 5:30 pm at the Highland Center in Shreveport.

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