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June 30, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
I spent some time one afternoon last week visiting one of the best vegetable gardens I have ever seen. Roland Sendelbach lives on TR 122, close to Clinton School, and there he tends a wonderful half acre of weed-free crops. He plants, cares for, harvests and distributes his vegetables single-handedly at the age of 85, and any team of workers would be proud to demonstrate such a garden. Stretching in straight rows are more crops than I can remember, but for sure there are potatoes, green beans, peas, beets, corn, cabbages, cucumbers, asparagus, zucchini, onions, garlic and much more. When the harvest comes in, he takes what he needs, and the rest is given to local sources who provide for others. There is a long row of gladioli, the favorite flower of Roland's late wife. He also showed me china painting and other pieces of art done by his wife, and beautifully constructed frames and model wagons which he made in his workshop. In addition there is a large lawn studded with fruit trees, mowed of course by Roland, and a very large wood pile which he keeps building up for the winter to come. It was quite an experience to visit with him, and to see all that one man can do. He enjoys showing his garden to visitors. If you would like to see it, just give Roland a call, and he would be glad to show you around.
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