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Monday, May 16, 2022

The Green Thumb Column

Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

Muscatine Living

This week’s “Talk of the Town” with yours truly is going green! There are two local plant sales that I have been asked to share with you all, and I’m happy to do so!

The first is the Muscatine FFA plant sale, which takes place on April 22, 29, and May 6, 7, and 13. Timing-wise, Fridays 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, May 7, they’re open from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. This is a great way to support Muscatine High School FFA students who have been working hard preparing for their annual sale. Personally, I know that my family and I will be purchasing several items for our home from the FFA sale.

The students also just returned from competing at state FFA competition and did really well. I continue being impressed with our FFA and ag students in the school district. The same can be said for all of the wonderful agriculture teachers. The Muscatine Community School District’s ag and FFA programming is so great and has been highly successful. That’s a testament to folks like Sam Paul, Dave Tometich, Josh Day, and Ashley Wiebe.

I realize that I failed to mention the Muscatine FFA plant sale takes place on the backside of MHS near their greenhouse. They’ll have a ton of options to choose from, including marigolds, pansies, petunias, salvia, veggies, grasses, and many more plant names that are not only hard to type but I cannot pronounce!

The second plant-themed event I wanted to share is the spring plant swap and garden vendor event put on by the Muscatine Plants for Sale and Trade group! This event takes place this Sunday, April 24, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Crossroads, 1424 Houser Street here in Muscatine. They encourage everyone to bring any amount of disease and pest-free house plants or garden plants to swap. All plants for swap should be dropped off by 10 a.m. Some plants will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $1.

Garden and craft vendors will also be on site. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, contact Ada Whitworth at 563-288-0889, and for swap information, please contact my friend, Suzi Gill, at 563-260-2747. All proceeds will be donated to Crossroads and the Friends of Harmony, Jeffery R. Hahn Memorial Fund! Thanks to Ada Whitworth and Suzi Gill for sharing this fantastic event with me.

I hope that events like this will also summon the arrival of consistently warmish spring weather, and fewer of the days that start out in the 70s and end in the low 40s (like we had last week)!

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