The Fred Harvey Community Garden in Florence got good news recently to start its second year.
The garden received a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation through Kansas State University of $4,104 to put in a garden shed, arbor, benches, raised beds, compost bins, rain barrel, and to purchase hoses, organizer Phoebe Janzen announced Thursday.
There were 90 applicants for grants, and the garden in Florence was one of only 24 funded.
Volunteers chose a difficult year to start the garden next to the Harvey House Museum last year. The hot and dry summer made gardening tough, but the garden still generated a lot of produce, Janzen said. Even if this summer is as dry, watering will be easier with the installation of a water hookup at the garden, thanks to a separate grant.
Early season plants already in the garden include peas, radishes, onions, strawberries, beets, beans, and raspberries.