Kingman's community garden having benefit dinner

Dig It Kingman Community Garden has taken shape next to Cecil Davis Park.

Dig It Kingman Community Garden has taken shape next to Cecil Davis Park.

KINGMAN - A spaghetti buffet to benefit Dig It Kingman Community Gardens is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Garlic Clove restaurant, 509 Beale St.

The buffet consists of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, pasta, salad, breadsticks and tea or lemonade. The cost is $12.50 a plate and half of all proceeds will be donated to the community garden at the corner of Lillie Avenue and Harrison Street, next to Cecil Davis Park.

Mike Roundy and master gardeners from the community started the garden in April on an acre of land donated by Praise Chapel church. The land was leveled and graded, and irrigation was put in place with water meters. Volunteers held a yard sale to purchase tools and fencing for the garden.

The community garden is perfect for people who want to grow their own vegetables and flowers, but don't have available land and tools, said Denise Neath, a master gardener who helped start the project. She said several churches have expressed interest in leasing garden plots to grow food to be donated to local food banks.

So far, 17 plots have been leased with many plants healthy and growing. Volunteers planted a pumpkin patch and sunflowers along the fence.

Garden plots are 6 feet by 25 feet, and lease rates are about $60 a season, or the cost of watering and operating expenses.

Volunteers still need to install more irrigation lines and create more plots for next growing season. The goal is to reach about 100 garden plots.

They also want to cultivate a children's garden, put in a water feature and install a shade cover for picnic tables.

"The garden is so beautiful," Roundy said. "If you haven't seen it yet, take a drive and have a look."

A grand opening celebration is planned for sometime in September, and weekend pumpkin picking is set for October.

Garden volunteers are always needed to paint, weed and water in the mornings. All monetary donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call (928) 715-1165 or email digitkingman@gmail.com.