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Common Ground Garden set for cleanup days to start season

SARANAC LAKE -As the snow (hopefully) gives way, local gardeners are getting their tools ready for another season.

In Saranac Lake, it will be the third season of the Common Ground Garden, a project of Adirondack Sustainable Communities, Inc.

The garden is made up of two spaces located on Old Lake Colby Road and at Goose Hill off of McKenzie Pond Road, offering gardening enthusiasts and newcomers alike a space to grown vegetables and flowers.

"There is surprisingly not that much gardening space in the community," Ellen Beberman of Common Ground Garden said. "This is a space for people who want to garden more or those who want to learn how to garden to come and meet their neighbors and get tips from each other."

To help prepare for the season, Common Ground Garden will be holding a community cleanup day on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

"We have one plot that needs to have the deer fence re-built," Beberman said. "We will be roto-tilling, cleaning up the area and adding soil amendments."

Beberman also said that the group will be finishing the plant sale that they held over the winter in conjunction with Campbell's Greenhouse.

"That will be the day that we will have the plants to distribute for people who purchased them during our fundraisier over the winter," Beberman said."

Also included in the cleanup day will be a community potluck lunch at the Old Lake Colby Road site at noon.

Overall, Beberman said that interest has continued to grow along with the garden.

"Groups being involved with the garden is a big thing now," she said. "The local Presbyterian Church had a couple of plots last year and used volunteers from the church to help plant and raise the vegetables that were then donated to the food pantry. That is a real model of how a group can get involved in gardening both to learn more and help their community."

Stories like this make Beberman believe that the group can expand more into the community in future seasons.

Plots are available for a fee of $25 plus a refundable $15 cleanup deposit. Each plot covers approximately 15 feet by 20 feet inside a deer-fenced perimeter, and water is provided at both locations.

For more information, go to www.slgarden.com.

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