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Published: 5/12/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago


Weed It & Reap: Couple keeps it local

A couple who moved from New Mexico in 2010 has deeply rooted itself in the Sylvania Township community with its garden. Natalie Rivera and Joe Walsh, who spend $150 to $200 annually on their garden like the idea of local food, because it stimulates the local economy, gives people a sense of roots in the community, demystifies food, and means less gas was burned to transport it. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE, START SLIDESHOW

Violas in an outdoor planter survived the winter on the deck of the house.  Joe Walsh and Natalie Rivera began gardening when they moved to their house in 2010 in Sylvania Township. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Violas in an outdoor planter survived the winter on the deck of the house. Joe Walsh and Natalie Rivera began ...
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Their pear tree has doubled in height since they planted it in 2010. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Their pear tree has doubled in height since they planted it in 2010.
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A three-tiered strawberry planter. In addition to placing pebbles around the bottom, Natalie Rivera applied rock salt on the pebbles to reduce the spread of the strawberry plant into the garden, and the grass into the strawberry planter. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A three-tiered strawberry planter. In addition to placing pebbles around the bottom, Natalie Rivera applied rock salt on the ...
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Snow peas, a hardy cold weather plant, in their front garden. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Snow peas, a hardy cold weather plant, in their front garden.
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Joe Walsh discusses the advantages of the trellis, rear, for cucumbers and melons. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe Walsh discusses the advantages of the trellis, rear, for cucumbers and melons.
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The strawberries are just beginning to show. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The strawberries are just beginning to show.
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Goldfinches at the backyard feeder. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Goldfinches at the backyard feeder.
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Natalie Rivera pulls clover out of the strawberry planter. Rivera planted about 50 plants, and now the strawberry has spread throughout the planter, filling in the empty spaces and thus suppressing most weeds. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Natalie Rivera pulls clover out of the strawberry planter. Rivera planted about 50 plants, and now the strawberry has spread ...
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Asparagus, rear, garlic, red onions, horseradish and yellow onions along a back wall of their property. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Asparagus, rear, garlic, red onions, horseradish and yellow onions along a back wall of their property.
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Asparagus, rear, garlic, red onions, horseradish and yellow onions along a back wall of their property. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Asparagus, rear, garlic, red onions, horseradish and yellow onions along a back wall of their property.
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Natalie Rivera and Joseph Walsh. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Natalie Rivera and Joseph Walsh.
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Natalie Rivera and Joseph Walsh, with one of their two dogs, Annie. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Natalie Rivera and Joseph Walsh, with one of their two dogs, Annie.
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A citrus plant on the deck. The tag came off, so they are looking forward to fresh lemons or limes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A citrus plant on the deck. The tag came off, so they are looking forward to fresh lemons or limes.
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Tomatoes, spinach, and summer squash are some of the vegetables that they have started from seeds. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Tomatoes, spinach, and summer squash are some of the vegetables that they have started from seeds.
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