There is something satisfying, almost spiritual, about raising a garden. Loosening the rich, dark soil; planting the seed; pulling the weeds; watching the plant grow from vivid green sprout to fruit- or vegetable- bearing vine or stalk.
Maybe the thrill of planting and harvesting is in our Southern agricultural genes.
At any rate, gardens are springing up all over Mobile County, in school yards, on empty downtown lots. And one healthy-looking plot is behind the Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors at 5863 Nevius Road in Mobile.
Bobby Barbour is the official tiller, but all the seniors have a stake in the flourishing tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins--even a little patch of cotton. And on a recent day at the Center, as Barbour went about his chores, Tillman's Corner senior Kathy Hill showed off the garden to visitors Betty Fowler, Carolyn Cain and Marcia Wright.