Garden of Beauty, Rob & Melva Post


The Sage and Snow Garden Club has found its first Garden of Beauty Award for 2023. Rob and Melva Post on Bonnie Road near Pinedale caught our eyes with their 16- by 20-foot Riga greenhouse brimful of winter and summer squash, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cantaloupe, beans, peas, strawberries, herbs, nasturtiums, marigolds and zinnias. Melva says the key to beautiful and healthy greenhouse plants is to begin feeding them with worm tea early in the season and progressing to manure tea (from 30-year-old cow manure) in mid season. The greenhouse beds are elevated to make it easy for planting and harvesting the produce. The automated vents and fan keep the indoor beds at the perfect temperature for pollen development. Outside the greenhouse are three raised beds, two covered with polycarbonate lids, which house potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, cauliflower, asparagus and onions. Rob says the key to keeping gophers and voles out of the beds is to dig down and line the bottom and sides with hardware wire/cloth before adding the bed and soil. The greenhouse beds and outdoor raised beds are on an automated drip irrigation system, making them somewhat self-sufficient. The Sage and Snow Garden Club will feature eight gardens throughout the summer and will host a garden tour and dinner on Saturday, Aug. 5, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call or text Arlinda McLaughlin at 307-231-9402.