I’ve been working in my vegetable garden quite a bit lately and I now have my onions and radishes planted, as well as three different types of pepper plants.

I’ve also been spending some time in my flower beds, trying to pull weeds, edge along the border and mix in fertilizer for my roses.

I have a fairly nice arrangement of tulips and daffodils that bloom early, followed by some mid and late-season roses, daisies and several other plants that I can’t name, but do appreciate. I’m thinking about getting a hanging basket or two — preferably something with red, white in blue — in lieu of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Someone else

But to tell the truth, it’s sometimes a lot more enjoyable and affordable to let someone else do the work — and I go enjoy it on occasion.

This past weekend I traveled to Howe Meadow Farmers Market near Peninsula, Ohio, outside of Akron. I needed some pictures for an upcoming story and I got them — but I also made it a point to visit the nearby attraction called Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.

The property features the 65-room mansion where Goodyear Tire and Rubber founder Frank Seiberling once lived, along with his legendary family. It’s no ordinary place and is regarded as one of the finest examples of Tudor Revival architecture in America. It’s considered a manor house and basically looks like a huge castle.

I took the guided tour of the inside three years ago and it was well worth the price. But this year, I just toured the 70-acre gardens, where the flowers were blooming beautifully and color was everywhere. Most of the outdoor plants are plants I could grow myself if I wanted, or if I had the space. But it was nice to see them all in one setting and only have to pay $10 — without having to bend over to pull a single weed.

Earlier in the day, I also spent some time walking the trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It was so close to the farmers market that I couldn’t resist. And it was a good place to see wildflowers and wildlife that I could never own and manage on my own.

Lots of activity

The day was so beautiful that many other people were there, too, walking or riding bikes and having picnics. It’s a neat location and if you go on Saturday like I did, you can combine the farmers market with visits to the scenic trail and even the Stan Hywet gardens. You can enjoy the beauty of a very special display and leave the landscaping and the growing to the professionals.

The Countryside Conservancy manages the farmers market and it runs from 9 a.m.-noon

You can walk the trail for free and the Stan Hywet gardens will cost you a reasonable admission — but hey — somebody’s got to work and maintain all those plants. Just be glad it’s somebody else.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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