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Marty Johnson debuts Marty's Acre

WICHITA — With the end of his Saturday morning radio show after 25 years, Marty Johnson has been looking for a way to keep his Johnson's Garden Centers top of mind for customers.

He's decided Marty's Acre is it.

That's a plot of ground, though it's more like a quarter of an acre, on Edwards Street near his garden center on 13th Street in Indian Hills.

"I've lived on Edwards my whole life basically, and it's always been an empty lot," Johnson says.

He bought it about a decade ago. Five years ago, he tilled it and began planting on it. Now, Johnson is wanting to involve customers there in a variety of ways.

He's looking at it as "more of an informal way to reach out to people."