Your Green Life: "Rooftop Garden"

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2012 Updated Apr 26, 2012 at 7:46 AM CST

With spring teasing the northland with warm, then cold temps, many green thumbs are staring to itch to get going.
But there is a unique place for a garden, right in the middle of downtown Duluth on top of the St. Louis County Motor Pool Facility.

Jocelyn Baker is using the community garden and says shes about ready to start planting, "I'm going to plant seeds here in probably a couple of weeks. You can do it before the end of May, and then some of the warmer climate things, tomatoes, peppers, I like to wait until early June."

Plans are already in the works for this green group's gardening season.
But as Jahn Hibbs explains, it's more than just about getting your hands dirty and harvesting garden fresh vegetables.

"It's actually that act of people getting together as individuals and pooling their collective resources and knowledge, it's a place to share ideas and inspiration." says Hibbs

As soon as you walk on the roof top, you do feel a sense of a small community coming together.
But this roof garden is also for folks who find it difficult to garden at home.

"We realized how overrun with deer we were; how big of a fence we would need; and we've been pining to get back into gardening. But we didn't want to do what it took at our house. And this is just a wonderful option." Said Jim Levany, a Duluth resident.

This garden is also a great option for the novice gardener as well.
Hibbs has had gardens her entire life and still finds new tips from her fellow gardeners.

"I've learned more in an afternoon talking to gardeners around me than from any of the books or other resources." said Hibbs

So if you're looking for a spot to quell that itchy green thumb, in the middle of the city, sign up while there's still room.

Hibbs says, "Actually there are openings here right now so you can contact us, we've got a few beds still available, but otherwise we a putting people on a waiting list."

In Duluth, Adam Lorch, the Northlands News Center.

You can learn more on how you can participate in the Duluth Community Garden here: Click here for more information.

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