A Mustang in the garden

Written by David Green.

mustang_garden.2Daniel Shock’s “urban farm” looked as though it might be adding some livestock to the vegetable production Sunday morning due to the unexpected arrival of a Mustang.

OK, that’s stretching things a bit, but the Fayette resident was surprised to look out his window and see a Ford Mustang lodged among his sweet corn seedlings.

Daniel said his wife, Ellen, answered a knock on the door of their S. Gorham Street home about 7:45 a.m. Sunday and met Zachary Lavinder, 19, of Fayette, who apologized because he just drove his car into their garden.

It’s not just any garden. Daniel describes it as the most talked-about garden in town. He and his wife bought the former Harvey and Dee Potter home two years ago. Daniel says he’s always been into gardening, although his previous garden when he lived in Evansport was much, much smaller than the Potter plot.

“I kind of upheld Harvey’s tradition of taking care of this garden,” Daniel said, and he’s now spending a lot more time in the dirt.

Lavinder’s Mustang wiped out some sweet corn and he was ordered by police to pay $40 in restitution by Friday. Of course this is the year that Daniel decided to buy some good, expensive seed.

With all the recent rain storms, the car became firmly lodged in the soil and a wrecker was called to pull it out.

Lavender was cited for failure to control his vehicle.

“I felt sorry for the kid,” Daniel said. “How could you go to someone’s door and explain that?”

A Facebook friend suggested the appearance of the Mustang might be due to horse manure used to grow good vegetables, but Daniel knows that’s not the case.

It’s rabbit droppings that provide the best fertilizer, he says, but so far no Volkswagens have appeared.

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