Gardener's Grapevine 2012.01.11

Written by David Green.

Sunday...a day of rest? It’s more like a day to be able to get back to physical mobility enough to make it through the workweek.

Saturday Art, Nick, my dad and I spent most of the day cleaning up the back corner of our property. It was, I am ashamed to admit, still a bit messy from last Memorial Day’s storm when the weather dumped its wrath on our poor little community.

We have quite a large piece of property, but most people don’t know it because we have it divided by fences because we have always had animals. I like to garden, and the two do not do well together. Most of the animals are gone now. There are no 4-H rabbits, and only our one dog instead of three, along with my dad’s two when he’s here.

There is really no need to pen in our dog as she is too old and lacks the ambition to tear up much of anything. Being female, her leg and toilet habits are really not an issue with the garden, so she spends next to no time in her fenced-in yard.

Last year we put the corn patch out there and the raspberries grow along the south side. The storm made a mess in the far northern corner of our property and some of the branches required a chain saw to clean up. In come the men in my family, I’ve never met a man who doesn’t like to use a chain saw. Power, danger, destructiveness, and noise—it has everything a male loves! If it could only stack the wood and haul the brush away, then I would be in awe of it also.

My son learned to use a chain saw and he and his grandfather, Bill Wollter, made short work of a big mess. They also cleaned up the fencerow and made a nice big pile at the curb so the city workers can have job security. I will let you in on a little secret: I’m getting old. I know this because after eight hours of hauling brush and raking, my body feels like I was in a fight and definitely lost. 

Many people know that I am a nurse and work in a doctor’s office. It is an extremely fast-paced place with many patients seen every day. I needed my Sunday this week more than ever as I can’t walk upright without feeling pain. I’m old, I tell you. I do this to myself every spring and summer with the gardening. I get so wrapped up in it that I forget tomorrow is another day and it doesn’t all need done at once, or so they tell me.

The ground was so soft yesterday I was able to pull the remaining corn stalks and Art harvested the rest of our carrots from the garden. I thought they would be burned from the cold, but nope, they are beautiful and very sweet. Must be like turnips—sweeter with age.

I read a magazine called Mary Jane’s Farm. The point of it is to get people to rethink the use of everyday objects so they don’t wind up in the garbage. Someone has some time on their hands as they come up with wonderful ideas, and the magazine is just full of them.

One item noted was starting seedlings for the garden. Since now is the time to be doing that, it was a timely article. The idea  was to use three or four empty toilet paper rolls cut in half and tied together and filled with potting soil to start seedlings. After the plants harden off and are ready to plant outdoors, just plant the toilet paper roll with the plants, as it is biodegradable. What a fabulous idea. It’s less expensive than peat pots, which usually have a difficult time breaking down anyway. I know I am going to give this a try, I just need some paper rolls. Doesn’t any one need to use the restroom around here?

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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