Plain Gardening: Orange Grove Garden

Plain Gardening: Orange Grove Garden

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It doesn't take perfect soil or perfect sun or any other perfect conditions to make a great garden.  This is Orange Grove, now called Renaissance Corridor, but once the fruit basket of Mobile.

Bill Finch says this beautiful community garden started in the worst possible conditions…it was a roadbed!  Now it boasts some of the best tomatoes in town—all varieties—along with beans, okra, and even citrus trees.

So how did this come about?  It wasn't fertilizer, it was just organic matter.  That's a fancy name for pine bark or old leaves that decay into great, well-drained soil.

Now area families are working to sow the seeds and reap the harvest from a former block of Manassas Street, thanks to good soil, the Mobile Housing Board, and Mobile Botanical Gardens.  Learn more at

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