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Levy encourages local club to ‘think outside the box’

PARRSBORO – Ron Levy thinks outside the box, and he is encouraging his friends with the Parrsboro Garden Club to do the same.
Levy was the guest speaker at the club’s March 3 meeting at Fundy Geological Museum, where he offered a “Food for Thought” presentation on innovative ways to take household materials and turn them into clever garden set pieces.

Ron Levy presented “Food for Thought,” a slide presentation, to members of the Parrsboro Garden Club at a March 3 meeting, in an effort to encourage innovative thinking with local home gardening projects.

“My reason for being here is to plant seeds,” said Levy, one of many enthusiastic gardeners in the community. “I want to communicate ideas and show images and pictures so that we can have some doable projects, and be very cost-effective. My hope is that each of you take home some ideas and put them in place for 2014.”

Levy discussed numerous ideas, such as growing strawberries on a contraption made from an old ladder, with baskets and unused eavestrough.

He also presented many innovative ways to use wood pallets as garden pieces, both horizontally and vertically. The pallets can be used vertically as rustic settings to grow flowers, or horizontally as a method of planting a raised garden. They can also be used in non-planting roles as garden tool holders, compost bins and more.

“Another plus in using wood pallets is that slugs don’t like to crawl over wood, so you will have a lot fewer slugs, and you won’t have insects coming up through the barrier you will have underneath the plant and the soil,” said Levy. “It’s a way of gardening without using a lot of pesticides.”

Wood pallets have already been popular with Parrsboro gardeners, and were promoted last year by project co-ordinator Taylor Redmond, who used them as part of her efforts to spruce up Main Street. Levy said this momentum needs to be carried forward.

“We have to raise the bar,” he said. “We’re not going to have Communities in Bloom this year, but we can be the bloomers. We can be the ones to carry the torch.”

Countless other ideas were presented, such as growing strawberries in a pot, roses on a homemade trellis, using old wheelbarrows and barbecues as planters, and growing small plants in everything from boots to teapots and toy trucks.

“What we’re trying to do is recycle,” he said. “I envision, come spring, that you will all go to the yard sales and see what you come up with. The most important thing we can do is share ideas.”

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  • Sandy Graham
    March 05, 2014 - 07:52

    Love, love, LOVE this! Right on, Ron! There are so many imaginative and fun (and economical) ways to "re-purpose" various disused items around our homes, to create novel and attractive planting ideas. I could also see elementary children having a hoot with this (and learning about horticulture besides). Sandy Graham. Parrsboro