LYMAN — A dormant community garden will bloom again thanks to the efforts of a local volunteer.

Sean McDonough noticed old raised garden beds behind the Community Library at 10 John St., which had been dormant for about five years, and decided to revitalize the garden.

McDonough said he plans to take down the old beds and replace them with new ones. He plans to plant tomatoes, peppers, spinach, kale, lettuce, cucumbers and “a whole bunch of stuff.”

A lot of food can be grown in a small space, and the garden could be an educational tool for others, he said. The harvest will be available free to whomever needs it, and McDonough is going to set up times for people to stop by and pick up produce.

“It’s a nice sunny spot,” said Fred Bechard, chairman of the library’s board of directors.

Bechard said in the past, volunteers raised vegetables in raised garden beds and donated the produce to residents and the local food bank.

Bechard said they no longer had a volunteer to spearhead the garden, and the boxes were dormant in recent years. He is very grateful for McDonough, who he said is a “whirlwind of energy” with great ideas, such as building garden boxes at different levels to accommodate disabled or elderly people.

— Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or [email protected]

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