Kids’ Day at the Farmer’s Market
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 | 8AM-1PM
Greenway Station’s annual Kids’ Day at the Market will be returning on October 6! The first 200 children to attend the Farmers’ Market that day will receive a free cookie and mini gourd to decorate. Plus, this year the Middleton Public Library will be on-site at the event providing fun activities during the whole market and a special story time at 10am! After story time, children will have the opportunity to meet a princess and sit in the driver’s seat of a real utility vehicle from Olson Toon Landscaping’s active fleet! Here are the details for every activity so you can plan your visit accordingly…
-Free mini gourds and cookies (8am-1pm while supplies last)
-Fun activities with the Middleton Public Library (8am-1pm)
-Access to Olson Toon’s utility vehicle (8am-1pm)
-Children’s book drive for the Friends of the Middleton Public Library (8am-1pm)
-Story Time with the Middleton Public Library (10am-11am)
-Meet and greet a princess (11am-12pm)
-Visit the Great Pumpkin Tree (anytime)
With the exception of the Great Pumpkin Tree, all activities and attractions will be at the Greenway Station Farmers’ Market located in the parking area near Fuddruckers. The Great Pumpkin Tree will be located on Deming Way above the water fountain.
SUCCULENT PLANTING & CARE BY OLSON TOON LANDSCAPING
We are seeing succulents everywhere these days. With the growing popularity of these easy-to-care-for mini plants, we want to show you how simple creating a succulent garden really is. The versatility of these stunning little plants make the possibilities endless as you create a truly unique succulent garden planter to enjoy year round. You’ll need four main components to begin your project:
1. A Planter. Pick a planter or container you love. Having holes in the bottom for excess water drainage is suggested, but not necessary. Just be sure not to over water your succulents. Try thinking outside the box when choosing a container – consider a vintage toy truck, old metal lunchbox, a large clamshell or a small tea cup, for instance.
2. Soil. Choose a soil that is very “fluffy” and drains well. These succulents like it dry just like their native desert environment.
3. Succulents. When choosing your succulents, don’t worry about matching, these stunners look great with anything. Pick the plants you love. Succulents are so unique and beautiful, coming in such a variety of colors (not just green). They also have some fun “common names” such as donkey tails, string of bananas, blue fingers, pork and beans, and baby toes. What conversation starters!
4. Soil Toppers. When creating your succulent masterpiece, it is a nice finishing touch to add pebbles or small rocks on the top to hide any soil. Possibilities are endless…sea glass, shells, beach rocks, river rocks, painted rocks, aquarium pebbles, etc. These toppers are optional; instead, you may choose to tightly pack your succulents so as to hide the soil from view. Whatever look you love, go with it.
After gathering your supplies, take your container and line the bottom with a coffee filter. Why? This will keep any excess dirt from running out of the bottom drainage holes after watering. Fill with your planter with succulent soil and place your succulents. Start by placing your succulents in different arrangements and groupings so you can pick your favorite before digging a hole and planting. Look for contrast in color, height, and shape as you keep filling your container to your liking. The soil should be fairly loose, to allow for adequate draining, but not so loose that a plant falls over if touched. When you are finished, clean the edges of the container and “top dress” with rocks or pebbles if you choose to hide any visible soil. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind succulent garden container. Simply place in sunlight and water once a week or once every other week to allow the soil to dry out in between watering. Succulents like well drained soil. Whether you are showcasing your succulents indoors or out, a little water and sun is all they need.