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The Adams County Record Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Page 11 Garden Corner By Myrna Weikal -- 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.net I had the pleasure of meeting George and Doris Baker and their son, Patti Baker, and visiting their gar- den last week. George was born in Midvale in a log cabin on the Weiser River ranch that is now Pickett's. After moving around a bit the family settled in Weiser in the 90's. The Bakers grow all kinds of melons, squash, peppers, Armenian cucumbers, corn, potatoes, fruit and berries, beans, and 14 varieties of tomatoes. Their tomato patch was about the size of my entire garden, at least 60 plants. Paul built some very impressive tomato cages, big enough to hold even the most aggressive indeterminate plants. They were 3 to 4 feet long, about 2 feet wide, and A-shaped, giving them .a sturdier, more wind-resistant form than the typical cages. For determinate plants he added a lower rack made of recycled wire shelving to hold the tomatoes up off the ground. Most of the soil was covered with ground cloth, so the chore of weed- ing this half-acre patch was reduced, and much of the ground cloth was obtained at the local timber mill - recycled lumber covers. As we cruised through the garden, George and Paul kept loading my arms with samples. "Here, try one of these melons." "Let's give her some of these pep- pers" "Can you use a zuc- chini? .... How much corn would you like?" I wish I'd thought to take a pencil and paper with me; i've already forgotten the names of the many melons and pepper varieties. They gave me a little watermel- on, perfect for two people - yellow flesh, so sweet and juicy - and several kinds of tomatoes, one of which was called pink oxheart. It was just yummy on our sandwiches. qqaey sell their garden excess at the produce stand at the head of their driveway on W. 9th Street. They've been planting corn, Ambrosia, every two weeks, and so have had a steady supply all summer 10ng with the last rows just fin- ishing up. George says they won't put corn on the stand because it isn't good for it to sit there, but if you want some, just come and ask and he'll go pick it for you. I came across a copy. of a book called "Growing Pains. Time and Change in the Garden" by Patricia Thorpe. It struck a particu- lar note with me, as we have been in our house now for 14 years and our foundation plantings, are mostly that old as well. Plus, I'm beginning the final year of my 5th decade (you do the math), so her words seem all-too appropriate. She talks about the middle- aged garden and the need to rethink the plan, just as we sometimes must rethink Continued from frontpage manufacture this product" continued Dennis. "It's practically recession proof' He had advice for busi- ness entrepreneurs. "You'll never get rich working for somebody else. I sprang loose and started on my own company. It's a lot of risk" After some lean years, their business continues to grow, and they employ 7 extremely busy employ- ees. With so much activ- ity at their building it was difficult to get everyone together for a picture. Dana, who is chairman of the Adams County Health Clinic Board, praised the medical servic- es that helped them decide to relocate here. Virgil Butler retired here from his McCall plumb- ing company in 2005, and transformed his Boy Scout love of wood carving and woodworking into a com- munity oriented craft busi- ness. He's seen that many people depend upon craft sales t0 supplement their incomes, and organizes local craft shows complete with live music to promote their products. He regu- larly contributes his craft- work to support local civic efforts, and makes signs to promote Council and its businesses. "Networking helps everyone; that's the way it should be done," he said. His 17-year Army career created his strong respect for veterans. Virgil's store behind the big chair includes his unique nature sculptures and art, handmade fur- niture, kitchen :utensils, safes and jewelry boxes. "I appreciate the community, who gave me 80% of my business this year. Thanks for shopping local, and for telling other people about me~' he declared. Featuring Fall & Christmas Merchandise 8 Miles North of Payette 4.7 Miles South of Weiser at Crystal Lane and Hwy. 95 208-549-0702 LOCAL Will Feature Booths Food Bags Costumes n Jewelry Arts Crafts Home Decor Friday & Saturday, October 5th & 62 10:00 am - 6:00 pm the direction of our lives in our middle years. After ten or fifteen years the shrubs that once fit in gallon pots are now shading out the perennials, or obscuring the front walkway. You've gone through the "years of encouragement, after the plants start to grow but before the deer discover their presence - the short span during which peren- nials actually come back every year and botrytis doesn't come back with them:' Her writing is'funny and informative, her sug- gestions are useful. If only reading the book would be enough to get the work done! Things are getting a lit- tle dry around here, but I'm holding out for rain. I know it's coming, some- day, and after the rain, more frost. The potatoes are dug, the pumpkins are turning orange, and it's almost time to pick the last of the tomatoes and call it good. I'm looking forward to Halloween! In a shame- less plug for our organiza- tion, I'm going to use this opportunity to remind you of the annual Halloween Spook-tacular sponsored by Midvale Community Partners. This year the event theme is "Famous Fiends from Fiction" and will be in Midvale School Gym on Saturday October 27. Doors open at 6:30. We will have game booths, a bounce house, and craft table. Awards will be given for best carved pumpkins (no candles - use battery operated lights); costume awards will be given for Best Family, Crazy Hat, Famous Fiend, Scariest, Most Original, Weirdest, Cutest, and Grossest. Then we will go outside for Trunk-or-Treat. Awards will also be handed out for decorated trunks or tail- gates. 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