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GENI ALEXANDER PUTS HER GREEN THUMB TO THE TEST.
SHE’S PLANTING A GARDEN FOR HER FAMILY.
BUT SHE’S NOT DOING IT ALONE. SOT-----(:12)--------------------------
GENI ALEXANDER FIRST-TIME GARDENER
“If I was in the backyard doing this by myself, I would have no clue, but I
have so many great neighbors that are willing to help so it makes it a lot easier
to have a community garden.”
NEIGHBORHOOD OR COMMUNITY GARDENS ARE GROWING IN
POPULARITY. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
EXTENSION HORTICULTURIST DAVID TRINKLEIN SAYS A GARDEN
IS A GREAT WAY TO GROW INEXPENSIVE LOCALLY PRODUCED
FOOD. INVESTING ONLY 50 DOLLARS IN
SEEDS AND GARDEN SUPPLIES A FAMILY CAN PRODUCE 1200
DOLLARS IN VEGETABLES. SOT-----(:36)-------------------------
David Trinklein MU Extension Horticulturist
“If we are fairly good gardeners, we might be able to achieve 10 to 15
pounds of tomatoes per plant, and that’s a lot more than many people realize a
tomato is capable of producing.” YOU DON’T HAVE TO START OFF
BIG TO GROW A GARDEN. (SOT TRINKLEIN AGAIN) “Containers on a patio
or a balcony would be another good way. The
important thing is to garden.” ONE TILLER GETS THE JOB.
SHARING RESOURCES SUCH AS EQUIPMENT IS ANOTHER BIG
ADVANTAGE WITH COMMUNITY GARDENS.
SOT-----(1:05)----------------- Bill McKelvey
MU Extension Healthy Lifestyle Initiative
“I think it’s a great way to get started, especially since there are other
people who are gardening alongside you.”
MU EXTENSION EXPERTS SAY GARDENING WILL SAVE YOU
MONEY BUT ALSO MUCH MORE. (SOT MCKELVEY AGAIN) “There’s physical
health benefits, mental health benefits, there’s
nutritional benefits that all go along with gardening.”
IN JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS, ALEXANDER AND HER FAMILY
WON’T BE MAKING AS MANY TRIPS TO THE GROCERY STORE.
(SOT ALEXANDER AGAIN) “If I could come up here and
grab some tomatoes to put on a salad or some cucumbers to put in a salad that
would be wonderful. It would save money and be a lot easier too.”
(1:35) IN COLUMBIA, KENT FADDIS REPORTING.