Imagene Sparks thanks Extension Agent Jeffery L. Moore for making possible her first garden. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

Imagene Sparks thanks Extension Agent Jeffery L. Moore for making possible her first garden. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

Imagene Sparks lives on Goat Hill Circle, just off Highway 51 in Bullock County. She has lived in this home for 30 years but completed her first garden on May 7, 2021.

She contacted Jeffery L. Moore, Extension Agent for Bullock and Barbour counties, for assistance in planting a garden. At age 68, she planted a community garden after six back surgeries following injuries from a car accident.

She cleared the land herself for a 50 X 50 foot garden and planted it from seeds and plants furnished by Agent Moore. Red Perry and Moore put up the fence that surrounds the garden. She has an irrigation system for every row and a mixture of chemicals to get rid of bugs.

She sprays it every five days or every seven days if it rains. She hoes it every week. She works in the garden twice a day, morning and afternoon. Moore said a garden such as this one could feed a family year-round.

She planted zucchini, squash, bell pepper, hot pepper, sweet pepper, okra, cucumbers, collards, red tomatoes, lemon tomatoes, and watermelon.

She can gather the vegetables while seated in the chair she keeps by the garden. She will share vegetables with the community.

She will first donate vegetables to the local Nursing Home and then some to the Senior Citizens Nutrition Center in Midway. She expressed much appreciation to Extension Agent Jeffery Moore for his knowledge in making this garden a truly "professional" accomplishment.

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