Garden of Weedin’ offers mums at a great price

October 10th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

It’s not too late to purchase garden mums for sprucing up your yard for autumn and mums are available for $3 each at the Garden of Weedin’. The garden is located just off state Route 132 on Benton Road, south of Owensville.

The garden has been tended throughout the summer by adults from the Clermont Developmental Disabilities program.

“I love it out here,” said Ricky May. “We got tired pretty quick when the weather was hot but I want to come back and work next year. I want to have a picnic out here.”

The Garden of Weedin
The grounds are being leased by Clerco for this year, but Tim Vogel, work services coordinator, says that plans are in the works to do the garden on the grounds of the workshop next year.

"We have been doing vegetable gardening in the past as a leisure-based activity on a much smaller scale," said Vogel. "We have turned the leisure-based activity into production this year. We do a lot of production work but with the economy like it is, our work has dropped off. By creating our own production, we are not dependent on others for our business."

Vogel said that leasing the location has not been cost effective and although they will be at the location 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through the end of October, they will not be at the same location next year.

"I'm sure we will do some similar project like this next year," said Vogel.

"Maybe get an earlier start with garden mums for Mother's Day."

The gardeners started by transplanting 800 mums. There are still a good number of yellow, orange, red and purple mums to choose from.

"This was an experimental year," said Anita Brinson, habilitation technician. "When we first arrived here there was a lot of clean up to be done before we could begin. It took us one and a half months to get it ready to roll."

There are five adults from the program involved throughout the project. From the initial clean up to planting, watering, fertilizing and now selling the mums, they have experienced the entire process.

"We have all worked together as a team," said Brinson. "It has been fun and we all get along so well."

"I liked planting the flowers best," said Tammy Carpenter. "We had to water them."

Laurie Tackett says that she can't pinpoint one thing she liked best.

"I enjoyed everything from start to finish," said Tackett. "I love working with the other people here."

According to Vogel, there were vegetable plants available earlier in the summer and the adults in the program helped tend those as well.

"Robert really liked to water the plants and he really helped with the cucumbers," said Vogel.

"As we wrap things up here, we will be looking at the numbers and see about getting a greenhouse at the other location," said Vogel. "If we can cover the cost of doing the work, we may make a few changes in the distribution."

There are also a number of hand-painted flower pots available for purchase at the location. These were painted by adults at the workshop and brought to the Garden of Weedin'.

Although the garden project is nearing completion, the next project is just gearing up.

"We will be selling candy bouquets beginning for Halloween and through Christmas," said Vogel. "We started this project last Valentine's Day and it was successful. We will be selling them to businesses like industrial parks and I'm working on selling our candy bouquets through a web site for non-profits."
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