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Try your handat growing your own vegetables on Hill plots

Posted 5/26/2011   Updated 5/26/2011 Email story   Print story


by Krista Stark
Hilltop Times correspondent

5/26/2011 - HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Try your hand at growing your own vegetables on Hill plots

Gardening is almost impossible when all you have is sand with which to use.

Maybe that's why Gayle Sisson, who moved to Utah after living on the Oregon coast for 13 years, is so passionate about being able to grow her own fresh fruit and vegetables.

"Nothing says good food like a tomato fresh out of the garden," said Sisson.

With the rising price of produce and rising concerns about the quality of food, many have begun looking for healthier alternatives. This has led many to start growing their own homegrown produce.

Sisson and others on base have been able to grow their own gardens for the last 15 years, thanks to the garden plots located on the west side beyond the horse stables.

"I have eight of them myself," said Brock Lenox, base garden plot manager. "I always save seeds and now I have a large seed bank so I can always have seeds to grow."

There are currently 121 plots still available for rental. Each plot is around 40 feet by 20 feet in size and costs $10 a year, which pays for water.

Due to the location there are some problems with deer and other small animals eating the crops, so growing corn is cautioned, but people are welcome to put up small fences to stop them.

"I planted a lot of flowers around the perimeter so hopefully the animals get their fill before they get to the crops," said Sisson. "The deer also like to eat the tops of my tomato plants so we put up a barricade and hopefully that will take care of it."

If you're interested in purchasing a plot but not sure what to grow, Sisson has many ideas.

"I myself am growing tomatoes, peas, cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, potatoes, peppers, broccoli , lettuce, celery root, parsnips, basil and much more," Sisson said.

Anyone interested in signing up for a garden plot or to learn more, please contact Brock Lennox at brock.lenox@hill.af.mil

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