Gardener's Grapevine 2012.09.26

Written by David Green.

Saturday afternoon finds me sitting at the kitchen counter looking out the window wondering if God just wants his landscaping a mess—it’s hailing. Who ordered this mess? I went to the Garden Club fund raiser and picked up my mums. If you didn’t buy any, boy did you miss some nice ones. They were huge, inexpensive and very hardy. We sold all of them. To all who supported our efforts, thanks. When you look at the flowers around our fair town you can think, I did part of that.

​After the sale, my friend Mary Johnson and I headed out to Pennington’s orchard for some fall goodies. Their prices are very reasonable and they sell the best cider around. Mr. Pennington has been pressing cider his whole life and his family pressed it before him. To say they have it perfected is not over embellishing. The cider this year is extremely sweet. I think it’s due to the drought making more sugar in the apples. The orchard shop is just off 20 going toward Toledo outside of Oakshade on County Road 14. If you’re lucky, maybe Mr. Pennington will be around and tell you about making cider.

​I was looking the vegetable garden situation over and have decided I need to do a little research on squash. Most people grow squash like weeds and I can’t seem to get more than a few each year. It’s kind of discouraging. I’m going to make it my goal to test my soil and do a little reading on what grows great pumpkins and other squash. Maybe my soil is too rich or too lacking in something. I compost constantly so who knows.  Peppers seem to like it, I’ve had an enormous pepper crop this year. The tomatoes don’t voice much complaint either, just the squash. Maybe it didn’t like its neighbors. I planted it by the lima beans and a rose bush and the raspberry patch. I will find out as it puzzles me.  

​The leaf bird baths I told you about last week turned out crazy nice. I really like mine and woohoo another thing to drag out in the spring. I’m sure Art is thrilled. It was a really nifty and easy craft.

While we were at the meeting making the bird baths we viewed the hostess Becky Schermerhorn’s gardens. She has lovely property and she has had the most adorable little group of fairy people come to live there. They have a small community. It reminded me of the book “The Littles” from when we were kids about a family of tiny people. This fairy community has made quite a charming little spot for themselves. Becky’s husband said they are a quiet bunch and Becky does most of the interacting with them.

Becky is a very artistic lady and I can see why they chose to live at her house. I hear fairies are a very choosey little bunch. They also don’t like to discuss their cousins to the north, the Ann Arbor fairies. They are too noisy what with all the Go Blue going on in the fall. (For those of you who don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, Google the Ann Arbor fairy doors.) it is my wish that a group of fairies come set up community in my yard, but I think the dog is a big deterrent.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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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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    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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