Ogilville Christian Church’s just-launched bucket gardening project already has grown substantially.
Figuratively and literally.
Not only will potatoes and other produce be coming up soon. But even more people will be participating in the effort that uses buckets of water irrigating gardens under the dirt through carefully placed and buried tubes.
Church youngsters recently planted a garden of various vegetables on the back edge of the church property on State Road 58. The work was featured in The Republic six weeks ago.
But now others have picked up bucket gardening kits from the church and are planting gardens. So many local people have planted these gardens in recent weeks that the Rev.
Martin Wright, Ogilville’s pastor, estimates the 25-foot garden rows set end to end would stretch more than a mile.
Church volunteers are learning the process to take it to areas of Haiti two years from now to teach struggling people in dry areas how to grow their own food.
“It’s really remarkable how this has taken wing,” Wright said. “We’ve had so many people stop and ask what we’re doing.”
As church members learn and test the bucket gardening process, they plan to donate the food they grow to needy area families.