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Community garden springs to life

May 16, 2019

LAUGHLIN — Just like plants, projects take time to grow and mature.

After several years in the making, the Laughlin community garden is finally fully functional after GTI of Nevada provided its services fixing irrigation issues.

The garden currently has all 12 beds allocated to individuals. Some of which are still growing despite the spike in recent temperatures.

“People are showing interest and investing a lot of time in the garden,” said Will Douglas, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension community-based instructor. “This is a project we are seeing a return, and so far it has been really good.”

The garden still has a way to go in Douglas’ mind. He expects to see increasing interest in the garden and the need for more beds in the future. GTI already has installed three extra irrigation hookups to the main water line for preparation.

Douglas also would like to see benches installed in the garden and maybe experiment with different bed sizes to see what works best.

“This way we can use it as a teaching and informal research standpoint to help individuals in the future,” he said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River Laughlin Unit and the Laughlin 4-H students each have an allocated bed in the garden for an increased teaching standpoint. Douglas said he hopes this will help progress their learning and interest in the activity.

“This allows them to take it (gardening) to a larger scale to see plant progression,” he said.

With any project, its never really done and Douglas said he hopes the garden will continue to benefit the Laughlin community down the road.