Big Bear, Ca April 1, 2011 5:00 pm – The ground-breaking for Big Bear’s Community Garden was last September. Gardeners everywhere dream and plan during what seems to be a never-ending winter. Big Bear gardeners are no different. Now that spring seems to have finally arrived, they are excited and hopeful about planting in the China Gardens site for the first year. The donations of dirt and soil are waiting and the volunteers are ready to go. What is needed is wood for the frames to create the raised beds, a chain-link safety fence, and wire mesh to keep gophers and ground squirrels from digging into the growing fruits and vegetables. What is needed is donations and money to make the dream a reality. A local building supply company has offered the wood at cost, but the garden organizers must raise the money to cover the cost. Your help is requested to get the Community Garden ready for planting. Donations may be made through the Lighthouse Project and at the Taco Night fundraiser at Sonora Cantina on Monday, April 11 from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. The Community Garden offers 44 plots for organically growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as fruit trees, an education amphitheater, and a xeriscape demonstration garden. Located behind CVS on Fox Farm Road, requests for plots continue to be accepted and added to the growing waiting list. To see more about the garden, including a brochure with the garden’s layout, go to the City of Big Bear Lake website.