"I’m not sure which is worse. Deer or rabbits," says Julie Tunheim as she takes a break from using her triangular-shaped hoe to dig up some of last year’s potatoes that were left in the garden plots. "The reason I started (gardening) here was that deer were eating up my garden near Lake Lizzie," she explains adding that rabbits were bad last year at this community garden plot in Pelican Rapids. "Unfortunately there’s not many wild cats around here," she laments.
Tunheim starts plants from seeds that she nurtures in several rooms of her home, including her bathroom. Besides planting many of the usual garden items, she plans on raising some gladiolas and zinnias. "They look nice from the road," she adds.
This is the second year of gardening for Kris Walker who makes slow progress pushing the tiller through some rough spots leftover from last fall. Besides planting squash and Brussels sprouts, Walker wants a lot spinach and lettuce. "If I want a salad, I can just walk down and grab some fresh ingredients," says Walker who lives less than a block away. "We eat out of the garden all summer," she adds.
Working in the community plots has another nice advantage according to Tunheim. "You meet good people out here." Dave Wallis / The Forum