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July 28, 2021

7/19/2021 10:37:00 AM
Shateks are happy with bountiful garden
Larry and Joyce Shatek, posing with their Scottish terrier, Bonnie, stand among the many flowers and plants at their front lawn along Third Avenue Southeast. The Shateks spend a total of three to four hours a day weeding and watering their flower and plant garden in their front yard and in their vegetable and produce garden in their back yard.  “We’re both retired,” Joyce said. “This is our hobby. We’re both from the farm, so we like gardens.”
Larry and Joyce Shatek, posing with their Scottish terrier, Bonnie, stand among the many flowers and plants at their front lawn along Third Avenue Southeast. The Shateks spend a total of three to four hours a day weeding and watering their flower and plant garden in their front yard and in their vegetable and produce garden in their back yard. “We’re both retired,” Joyce said. “This is our hobby. We’re both from the farm, so we like gardens.”
Larry and Joyce Shatek have farming in their blood.
The Shateks, who live along Third Avenue Southeast, grow flowers and other plants on their front lawn and mostly vegetables and produce in the back.
Joined by their Scottish terrier, Bonnie, the couple hosted a short tour of their property on Thursday, July 8.
Larry named a few of the many flowers and plants on the front lawn, including dahlias, cannas, garlic, irises, rhubarb, hibiscus, hollyhocks, geraniums and mulleins.
"There are also aronia bushes, which are also known as chokeberries," he said. "They're popular in Europe."
The Shateks and Bonnie then walked to the back yard, where the dark, rich soil supports potatoes, grapes, 7-foot high tomato plants, several tall corn plants, and much more...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the July 20 Stewartville STAR.





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