Hobbies & Interests - Gardening
There is a small 16 x 20 foot fenced patch behind the house that I plant each year. Due to our short growing season, each fall I cover the entire garden with leaves. This reduces the frost penetration (somewhat) and provides compost for each spring when I turn the soil over prior to planting.
Usually, I like to try at least one new plant each season. Swiss Chard does quit well in our climate. The zenias are very colorful, sturdy & bloom throughout most of the summer and often into the fall.
For several years now we are experiencing what I call "rabbit wars", namely, they get through the fence and eat all their favorites. So the last few seasons, I've been planting flowers only. It is really nice to see all the colors.
For more information, see my Garden pages.
Rib Lake Community History
Since my grandparents settled just east of Rib Lake in the early 1940's, I have an interest in the early settlements & history of the area.
Early Wisconsin History
A number of years ago, I discovered a history of Wisconsin book printed in the 1880's. It contains quite a lot of information about the indigenous Native American peoples. After Wisconsin's 1848 statehood, the division of Wisconsin Territory into county governments is interesting.
Updated: May 10, 2008