The Clinton Community Garden has one tractor-mounted tiller and two walk-behind tillers. Here, Warren Burnett works on a jamming problem with the tractor. Last year was relatively good, despite the drought, and the gardeners are expecting more of the same this year, despite a planting delay due to the late freeze.

Community garden team employing work, ingenuity as answers to drought

   Even a tenth of an inch of rain excites the gardeners who tend the Clinton community garden on the east edge of town off of Glenn Smith Road. Donnell Baldwin said the garden greatly benefitted from even that small amount of moisture that fell during a rainstorm this past week.

   Most of the 10 acre garden, which was started in 2008, is a model of moisture-saving efficiency with orderly rows of black and white plastic “mulch” covering such plants as tomatoes, radishes, onions, beets, squash, purple cabbage, beans, potatoes, watermelon, turnip greens, jalapenos and bell peppers.

   The different colored plastic helps some plants retain more heat while other plants retain less. Trickle irrigation provides what little watering there is for the garden besides Mother Nature. Baldwin said they have no well and are under the same water rationing restrictions as everyone else on the city system.

Clinton Daily News

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