April 1, 2017
Hurrah, Hurrah! We have a new garden fence around the Lusk Heritage Demonstration Garden . It was a couple of years ago that Ray expressed interest in planning and figuring out what materials we would need and what it would entail to replace the fence. Thanks so much for keeping with it. Then Chris endorsed the project and helped keep it moving . Last autumn volunteers of the park and master gardeners got together and dismantled the fence. Special thanks to all participants and Greg and Mike who hauled off the majority of the removed old fencing materials. ( Some of which was used to made items the park could sell for extra funds) Dan took sample of the pickets and with material provided by Dave, cut all new pickets as designated by Ray’s plans. It sounds as if guys did most of the work. Not true, there were lots of women volunteers out there working too. The next phase would be reconstruction. The weather had much to do with this step. Some park workers removed the rotten post and replaced them last week. Then,also Finally last week end Boy Scout Troop 311 from Vigo County, under the direction of Scout project Leader Phillip Jackson and help from Dave and Ray , plus a number of volunteer helpers reconstructed the new and improved fence with a ground level rabbit barrier. It is a dream come true. Thanks to all helpers and providers of moral support. Stop by and see it any time dawn to dusk. Beata St.Clair
Hello Gardeners, 2017
The Lusk Garden at Turkey Run State Park has had some beginnings already. The planning volunteers met in Feb and planned the formation of the plots and vegetables, herbs and a few flowers we would be planting this year. The garden is being mapped out and printed by one of our state park naturalists. The plants chosen are of a heritage era that would have been available and grown by the Lusk family in their kitchen garden. The heritage seeds were ordered from an organic source. They came last week and one of our volunteers with a green house will start the seedlings that need a little more attention in their beginning growth. A couple other of our volunteers have already been up to the garden site and tilled and raked the plots during the warm spell we had. So there has been quite a lot of pre gardening activity. The next big happening will be the construction of the garden fence by a Boy Scout Troop . They have plans to construct it by the end of March, if the weather cooperates. The participation of gardening activities will most likely begin in April or when the weather becomes warmer again. We know rushing Mother Nature is never a good idea. Hope many of you will be able to participate this season. See you all later.
Beata St. Clair