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September 21, 2017 Wellman Garden Club kicks off season
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

The Wellman Garden Club’s kick-off meeting of the new season was a tour of the Wellman Community Gardens, just north of 13th Street. Don Randol and Bethany Shetler guided the group through the gardens, and explained that establishing and maintaining the gardens has been a collective effort.

Originally the Ezra and Sarah Shenk property was offered for gardens, then that land was bought by Mark Ebersole, who continued to support the gardening efforts. He even moved one of the small cottages on the property back to the garden area so it could be used as a supply shed.

Over the four or five years since the project began, others have contributed to the process: Shelly Palmer found sources for free seeds, the IMS FFA teacher wrote a grant, Bob Kuhns plows the land, Sue McClellen oversees the communal garden area, and Future Farmers of America students have helped out as well.

The land is divided into 10’ x 12’ plots that can be rented for $10 a season, plus a communal area, the produce from which is given to the Senior Center, schools, Crises Center, Parkview, etc. Gardeners sign rental and liability agreements. Use of pesticides is discouraged and users are asked to clean their plot at the season’s end. Harvested vegetables are weighed and recorded on a white board in the shed, over 2000 pounds of produce was grown in the first year.

Little or no sweet corn is grown to discourage deer and raccoon traffic. But other critters have been known to drop by, like a mother turtle laying her eggs, then the babies being unearthed as someone was digging their potatoes.

After our very informative tour of the “Gahn” (Hebrew for garden), we had apple cake, tea and lemonade in North Park, followed by a look at the beautiful flower gardens behind Parkview’s Silver Pond. Club membership fees (only $5) were collected and program booklets passed out. Those who still need a booklet may contact Marilyn Powell.

The club’s next meeting is Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the senior center, where they will enjoy some fun with fall crafts.

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