Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

April 24, 2014

Perfect time to plant

Tony Huffman
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Steve Luchtefeld loves onions.

“It doesn’t matter what kind of food it is, fried potatoes, a fish sandwich, I put onions on everything,” he said.

Luchtefeld hoed his plot of ground at the Effingham Community Garden Wednesday evening where he has planted carrots, radishes and, of course, onions.

The warmer temperatures have provided the perfect conditions to plant a garden.

“The soil has warmed up nicely. It isn’t overly wet or dry,” said University of Illinois Master Gardener Linda Heynen, who added that soil temperatures have to reach the high 40s.

Heynen said other than tomatoes, squash and pumpkin, which benefit from waiting one more week, it is a “perfect” time to plant a garden.

At Effingham Community Garden, where Heynen and other master gardeners give advice to gardening enthusiasts, 18 large and two smaller plots have been rented.

“Several people have been out and getting their garden going,” said Heynen.

Community gardeners have been planting mostly produce, including cucumbers, green beans and radishes. According to Heynen, flowers are planted with less frequency than the produce.

Heynen was at the garden, located behind Poss’ Music, twice Wednesday and said that nice weather has drawn people to the garden. She added plots are still available for those who enjoy gardening and a community atmosphere. Large plots are available for $25 while smaller plots are available for $15 per season.

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, at tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com or on Twitter @Ednthuffman.