Pat Johnson and Bob Peterson, Licking, examine some of the plants available Saturday as the community garden opens at Loretto House off South Sam Houston Blvd.

Despite rain and thunder, the community garden opened to the public Saturday.

Sister Claire Reinert invoked a blessing on the garden project, and members of the Texas County Gardeners gave out information and assigned garden plots to those interested in taking advantage of the gardens.

The community gardens consist of dozens of 4-foot by 8-foot raised bed garden plots to be used by anyone interested in growing vegetables for themselves or the Texas County Food Pantry. There are also long rows available for growing taller vegetables such as corn and indeterminate tomatoes, pole beans and trellised squash or cucumbers.

Amendments and mulch are available. Master gardeners will be available at the garden occasionally or by appointment for information or instruction.

There are still some unassigned plots, which can be reserved by visiting Loretto House, calling the University Extension office at 967-4545 or contacting Dick Nugent at 932-5339.

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