Hens Do Crow! July 24, 2020

Monday, July 20, brought another round of rain to the area with various amounts of moisture reported. Shawn Klein reported that her rain gauge measured .40 inches at her home in Havana while Kenny Hamilton boasted .97 inches. Two-miles south of Rutland the rain was measured at .23 inches and north of Rutland at the Kyle and Kathy Marquette farm about two-inches of rain had fallen and the same storm left 1.2 inches north of Cayuga on the Rick Banish farmstead. The last few rainstorms have left varying amounts in the rain gauges.

The Rutland Housing, Inc., Board met on Monday, July 20, followed by the annual Housing meeting. Some Housing tenants attended the meeting to discuss the need for repairs at the buildings and some minor safety improvements such as exterior rails on the steps to help residents enter and exit the buildings in the winter. The Housing Board has not been able to hire a handyman to make repairs and changes as quickly as desired. There is also the ongoing issue of funding and expenditures as the units are not at full capacity to provide sufficient income.

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Garden Party

It is time to think Spring!  The sun has been trying to shine on Rutland between all the rain showers that have hit the area.  The three inches of rain has soaked into the ground and the daylilies and hostas are among the many flowers showing their greenery.

May is usually when The Friendly Garden Club hosts its annual spring auction in Rutland. Unfortunately, the Club has disbanded and there will be no spring auction this year or years to come (at least at the time of this writing). However, there is hope for garden enthusiasts! This year the Little Old Ladies of Sargent County are hosting a Garden Party in nearby Milnor on Monday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Lakeview Golf Course.

Admission to the Garden Party is a “garden item” — a plant, gardening tool(s), garden decor, yard art, potting soil or seeds.  Garden items will be accepted between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Those items will be placed on a silent auction which will end at 8:30 p.m.  There will also be a cash drawing and door prizes.  Hors d’oeuvres and sweets will be served and wine and other beverages will also be available for sale.

If you have attended any of the other events sponsored by the Little Old Ladies of Sargent County, you know everyone will have a great time!  All proceeds go to the Sargent County Relay for Life.  Come on out and have some fun and contribute to a great cause!!

Garden Auction

I was one of thirty-three individuals who attended The Friendly Garden Club auction in Rutland on Monday and I must say it was another great event. We dined on great salads, sandwiches, fruit and desserts to garner the energy for the auction that followed our meal. The auctioneer, Ann Erickson, kept the bids lively and her silly sidekick, Delores Lysne, provided comic relief for the evening. Auctioned items included plants fresh from member gardens such as daylilies, maple tree shoots, hostas, and other outdoor plantings, new plants from nearby nurseries, and garden stakes, gloves, and garden decorations and several indoor plants. The lovely table decorations were raffled off during breaks in the competitive auction action. Most attendees went home with one or two auction items and for those who purchased outdoor plants, I hope you have a dry spot in your yard ’cause I know mine is too wet unless I use the outdoor pots — and those seem to have a lot of standing water these days. It was a great time and “hats off” to the cooks and hosts of the annual event. Next year, I’ll have to remember to split the daylilies to share at the auction. I’m running out of room to plant them!!

Auction a Success!

The Friendly Garden Club annual plant auction was deemed a success by everyone who attended.  Nearly 50 avid and hobby gardeners attended and got deals on sedums, peonies, windchimes, tomato plants and more at bargain prizes.  At times the bidding was fast and furious and a few people were ‘upping’ their own bids!  In addition to the bargains, several attendees went home with plants that were given as door prizes.   The lunch committee put on a fabulous feast of sandwiches, salads and desserts.  A fun time was had by all!

Tomato – or chicken?

Yesterday, I picked the latest ripe tomatoes in my garden.  Several have the samChicken Tomatoe problem as others — spots and blossom end rot and a few odd shaped ones. This time, however, I think I got one that’s a little different.  I’m wondering if the chickens got into the garden but since we don’t have any that’s not the case.  This one does not seem as much a tomato as it resembles a baby chicken – with an eye, a (broken) wing, and even a small beak!  If there was a way to preserve this as is I’d probably do it.  Is it slaughter if I chop off the head of the chick?  Do we let this one survive only to rot?  Do I let it loose? It can’t run far! I think we’ll try to keep it a bit longer but it will most likely find the same fate as the other tomatoes.  Maybe it would sell on E-Bay!

Garden Club Winding Down


On August 18, The Friendly Garden Club held its final meeting for this season.  The 15 members attending had an opportunity to discuss their garden woes and triumphs.  Many noted that the skunks are causing a significant amount of ground movement in yards and gardens.  Those, along with the raccoons, have caused quite a stink this year.

New officers were elected:  President – Deborah Banish; Vice-President – Rachelle Marquette; Secretary/Treasurer – Kathy Wyum; Program/Posters and Publicity – Kathy Wyum, Deborah Banish, MaryBeth Anderson; Auction Committee – Ann Erickson, Bev Kulzer, MaryAnn Thornberg, JoAnn Harris and Yvonne Johnson.

The Garden Club will resume meetings next September with the goal to have more hands on projects and lessons.  “Road trip” lessons were also something that members requested for next year.  The incoming officers now have a challenge that they hope to meet!