Men Turn Tornado Debris Into Garden

Facebook image of the Tornado Garden in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Facebook image of the Tornado Garden in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

They say you can make lemonade from lemons when times are tough.  Can you create new life from tornado debris?  Two Hattiesburg, Mississippi men know it is possible.

Jody Mabary and his friend Beau Lackey have taken neighborhood debris from the February 10 tornado and used it to develop a vegetable garden.  The two used pine, oak logs, bricks and other items to build a garden in the front Mabary’s home.  The garden includes squash, corn, peppers and peas.

The twister damaged several dozen houses in Maybary’s neighborhood near Hattiesburg High School.  That’s when he decided he wanted to do something that people could watch grow in the face of destruction.

“We saw the opportunity for salvageable materials that we could re-claim and re-purpose to build the garden and we were very careful to pick all untreated lumber, so that it’s safer and appropriate for gardening use and food production,” said Beau Lackey.

Follow images of the Hattiesburg garden online via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TornadoGardenHattiesburg