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Patio garden brightens the day
RUMFORD- Sylva Guerrette is a self-proclaimed Mr. Fix-it, Mr. Do-it-all and when housing manager, Delanna Garey approached him about building a patio planter for the tenants of Rumford Island Housing, he was more than happy to help out, but little did he know that the planter was going to bring such joy to another tenant, Dot Carrier.
What took Guerrette only two days to build and ready for seedlings, 89, almost 90-year-old Carrier has gotten hours of enjoyment out of.
“The idea was to plant a salad,” stated Garey. “We wanted to be sure that our tenants could come out here, enjoy watching the fruits grow, learn how to prune them, and learn what to look for when they were ready to enjoy.”
Garey is working on getting photos of the plants at maturity posted on the side of the planter with a description of the plant and when to pick them.
As for Carrier, she raised her family on a farm and being able to sit on the patio soaking up the sunshine and looking at the plants begin to grow is a true pleasure for her.
“I like getting out and getting the fresh air, but having this to look at, well, it’s wonderful.”
Carrier raised cows, made her own butter, grew her own food and being able to sit on the patio brings those memories flooding back.
“This is a great things she (Garey) did. It makes my day to come out and look at things grow.”
Guerrette and Garey have planted buckets of tomatoes and cucumbers, and in the planter there is plenty of spinach, lettuce, carrots, beans, peas and more growing in order to make a beautiful salad later on this summer.
Currently Guerrette is working on preparing a lattice wall for the cucumbers to climb.