Growing seasonís not far off

       Larry Stebbins (far left) of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, manager of the first-year Westside Community Center garden, discusses growing possibilities during a public meeting attended by many of the garden's plot renters March 19 at the center, 1628 W. Bijou St. Among the topics he discussed were soil preparation, what plants have a good chance of germinating after being planted in April, planning the use of space within the plots and sharing plants and seeds in the community gardening style. The Community Center garden, located in what used to be the playground when the site was still Buena Vista Elementary, consists of 74 raised beds, all of which have been rented for the 2011 season.

Westside Pioneer photo