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A little corner of the Capitol Square will be taken over by tomatoes, greens, onions, peppers and eggplant this summer, with a lot of the veggies grown by our youngest gardeners.

The second annual Capitol vegetable garden will be installed on Thursday on the southwest corner of the Square. Gardeners will start digging in the dirt at 8:30 a.m.

Youngsters from the Creative Learning Preschool will find out how green their thumbs can be when they get to plant in the garden, starting at 10 a.m.

Community GroundWorks, a Madison nonprofit that manages 26 acres of gardens and open space at the Troy Community Farm on the city's north side, started the Capitol vegetable garden last year through its business Madison FarmWorks, and it turned out to be a rousing success.

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Produce grown in the garden is donated to the Goodman Community Center.

"The Capitol vegetable garden is a public laboratory to highlight the work of Dane County's many small farms and to inspire people interested in planting vegetable gardens," said state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison.

Risser is chair of the State Capitol Executive Residence Board, which oversees how the grounds look at the Capitol and which gave approval for the planting.