"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | >

Harmony woman's garden is a labor of love


Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Lori Pfremmer of rural Harmony has been gardening her entire life. She has been working on her current garden since she moved to the country with her husband Fred six years ago, and it has grown and spread each year. And it still isn't finished.

"We planted everything up here," said Pfremmer of their 82-acre property. "Over the years we have planted about 4-5,000 trees."

Along with many large flower gardens and some smaller vegetable gardens, there is a large pumpkin patch they plant for their eight grandchildren. And along with the home they live in is a smaller cabin that has been fixed up for people to stay in. There is also a flower garden around the cabin.

For Pfremmer, spending time in the garden is a joy, no matter what she is doing out there. She loves flower gardens even more than the vegetable gardens, and she is outdoors whenever she can be, pulling weeds, potting plants in her potting shed, or working on a new garden.

"Working in the garden is not work to me," said Pfremmer. "It's play. When I'm in the house, I just want to get outside."

The gardens that have a path through them are filled with perennial flowers that are hearty enough to take a lot of sunshine and wind. There are black-eyed susans, sunflowers, and autumn joy, and joe-pye weed, as well as many others. And along with the flowers come a wide variety of birds, butterflies, bees, and snakes to enjoy them as well.

"It's a bird heaven here," said Pfremmer. "We have some bluebird houses, but I don't know if they use them. We also get lots of hummingbirds and orioles."

The springtime is the time of the hardest work for Pfremmer and her husband, as she has to mulch the gardens and get the soil ready for the plants. The flowers come back every year, so she doesn't have to plant them, but she does haul in manure for fertilizing. She also lays down wood chips to keep the moisture in, keep the weeds down, and add compost to the soil.

"I don't usually have to water them," said Pfremmer. "I just let the rain do it. Let nature take its course."

The vegetable gardens take more work than the flowers, as they need more weeding. Pfremmer only grows enough vegetables for her family to eat and freezes a few things. Her husband has built some raised gardens for her vegetables and herbs.

Not only does Pfremmer enjoy spending time in her garden working and relaxing, she has devoted each section to a person that was dear .....
[Read the Rest]

Prepare a deck for winter

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

As the weather cools, many homeowners already have a system in place to help prepare their home's exterior for the looming winter season.

Making sure outdoor furniture is stored away and bushes and young trees are wrapped in burlap are just ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Housing help from SEMCAC

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Fall is almost here, and this time of year many people start getting their homes ready for winter. However, many people out there are not able to afford to get their homes ready, or to fix safety and code issues. There are people who are not able to ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Habitat for Humanity now seeking partner families in Harmony and Utica

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Looking for an affordable opportunity to buy a simple, decent home?

Habitat will be hosting an application open house on Wednesday, August 24th from 5-7 PM at Merchants Bank in St. Charles. Habitat volunteers will be on hand to assist with t ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Deep Energy Reduction open house at Eagle Bluff

Mon, Aug 8th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Everyone wants to save money these days. And the Eagle Bluff residence has been retrofitted to become more energy efficient to do just that.

Learn what you can do to update your home to minimize energy use and utilize local products in your ..... 
[Read the Rest]

KDEC home, sport and garden show set for March 6

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Early response to the annual Decorah Home, Sport and Garden Show has been strong, with a combination of past exhibitors and first-timers set to show their products and services.

The 28th Annual Show is scheduled for Sunday, March 6th, at Dec ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Recycling 101

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does the Fillmore County Recycling Center accept clothing for recycling? Yes, we have for many years and continue to do so today. At one time, there was a large container near the fiber section of the recycling center where you could deposit unwante ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Tomato tasting and seed saving workshop September 4

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Seed Savers Exchange near Decorah, Iowa, is hosting a free Tomato Tasting and Seed Saving Workshop on Saturday, September 4, 2010. The Tomato Tasting will run from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, offering visitors the opportunity to sample a wide variety of heirloo ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Recycling 101

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Home & Garden

Does the Fillmore County Recycling Center accept clothing for recycling? Yes, we have for many years and continue to do so today. At one time, there was a large container near the fiber section of the recycling center where you could deposit unwante ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | >