Jennifer Tipple, a Montrose Elementary School parent, has recruited some young helpers for the Bexley Community Garden this summer.

Jennifer Tipple, a Montrose Elementary School parent, has recruited some young helpers for the Bexley Community Garden this summer.

The PTO volunteer has been instrumental in establishing Montrose's PTO Sharing Garden in the Community Garden plot off of East Livingston Avenue.

This is the third growing season for residents who have been cultivating some 40 plots in the Bexley Community Garden, located on a site donated by the city in 2009. The garden was created with a push from interested residents, as well as from the Bexley Tree and Public Gardens Commission and commission member Ginny Salamy, a landscape architect.

"We started the PTO Sharing Garden last year with the basic hope that if students had the opportunity to grow veggies they would be more willing to eat or try veggies," Tipple said.

Montrose second- and third-graders have planted the garden in the past. Tipple's children, who will enter first and fifth grades this fall, are involved as well. On Wednesday evenings, children come to help with garden chores, like watering and weeding. Tipple said that, on Wednesday evenings during the summer, there are usually a handful of students, mostly neighborhood kids who are around at that time.

For more information about the garden, contact Amy Thompson, Bexley Schools Public Information Coordinator at (614) 352-7461.