Making New Dirt

April 9, 2016 0 Comments
Making New Dirt

If you have ever had any sort of garden, you know that you will always have yard waste. Many communities will let you put it in paper bags that you have to buy and then place on the curb. But only on certain days. Others have available brush dumps or county compost piles. Or you […]

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A Poppin’ Good Time

February 23, 2016 0 Comments
A Poppin’ Good Time

The popcorn that the kids planted and picked this past year was finally dry enough to eat.  So we all met at or best volunteer’s house. But first, the kids had to shuck the cob and shell it. The kids learned how to pop this the old-fashioned way… on the stove and with lard! The […]

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Plant markers

December 3, 2015 0 Comments
Plant markers

We try to keep the kids involved in the Vinton Youth Garden even after we put the actual Garden to bed for the winter. This means we have to find something for the kids to do at least once a month. One of the meetings is a popcorn party where they shell, pop and eat […]

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Mowing is an Artform

May 7, 2015 0 Comments
Mowing is an Artform

I don’t mow. Dwayne tells me that I do it wrong. So, I let him. And he has, with typical Teutonic efficiency, created a worksheet. This tells him which direction he mowed the last time and which way he will mow the next time.  He mentions when he weed-whacks. And when he adds fertilizer.   […]

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Let’s Get This Party Started!

April 29, 2015 0 Comments
Let’s Get This Party Started!

I am finally convinced that Mother Nature is going to let me get my garden in.  She may still throw a cold night my way (the average last frost date is around May 12th, after all), but I am ready.  Actually, I was ready three weeks ago, but I managed to hold off until yesterday. […]

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Spring Has Sprung!

March 9, 2015 0 Comments
Spring Has Sprung!

While this winter wasn’t nearly as bad as last year, it was bad enough. The sun is shining the snow is melting (rapidly) and the chickadees and cardinals are singing their Spring songs.  I went outside this afternoon to feed the birds and to clean off the old birdseed shells that were strewn about the […]

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Favorite Shirt

November 14, 2014 0 Comments
Favorite Shirt

One of my favorite gifts came from my sister.  She sent this to me for one of my 22nd birthdays a few years ago.   It is stained and is starting to wear in some places.  I suppose one of these days I’ll have to find a replacement.  Or, maybe my sister will send me […]

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Cleanup Before the Arctic Blast

November 9, 2014 0 Comments
Cleanup Before the Arctic Blast

I’ve been putting it off, since it is ONLY the beginning of November, but I needed to get my pots winterized.  We didn’t plant as many flowers in pots as last year, but we still have a few I would like to try to save through the Winter. I gave them a drink of water […]

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A Passion for Gardening

September 4, 2014 0 Comments
A Passion for Gardening

If you see anyone from the Vinton-Shellsburg Horticulture class, thank them.  Most of this year’s tomatoes in the Youth Garden and all of the pepper plants came from them.  They also provided some of the flowers that made it to the Garden.  Including a Passion Flower.   It’s gorgeous!   I’ve always wanted to plant […]

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Hot and Humid in the Youth Garden

August 22, 2014 0 Comments
Hot and Humid in the Youth Garden

The Summer was cool, but as soon as the kids head back to school, it heats up.  That didn’t stop them from coming out to help at the Garden!  We have had quite a few helpers and kids this summer and I hope that trend will continue. The kids are keeping busy picking beans, cucumbers, […]

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