Category Archives: Galena Ohio

A magnificent garden … recession or not!

Have you planted your salad garden yet this spring? I noticed my neighbors added a small garden box a few weeks ago and were adding the plants over the weekend. I suspect more such gardens were created this year as people try to be more frugal AND to have better tasting veggies. Vine ripened tomatoes and peppers simply have so much more flavor. Now if you’re REALLY into gardening, you can build a large deer-proof enclosure if your deed restrictions allow, as this home has. This garden was designed by a landscape architect.

It contains raised beds for easier tending to the plants. Some boxes have covers that can be closed to protect early plants from late frosts that might damage them. That’s fresh spinach eagerly growing in the sunshine. The walkways between the beds provide mud-free paths. April 26,09 005 The unique home that is connected to this magnificent garden also has a special plant preparation room complete with concrete floor and a sink for easy clean-up. Pretty cool, isn’t it! April 26,09 003 There is also another room that provides a cool place to store the produce, such as potatoes and onions, for the winter.

Road projects for Delaware County

Ever so often we receive a newsletter from the Delaware County Engineer’s office detailing their projects. I enjoy reading this newsletter as it has a lot of good info in it. This month, Chris Bauserman, informed us of the results of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – the stimulus bill. He explains why so many local government agencies are skeptical and discouraged about the true impact of the ARRA.

Aside from the ARRA, some projects are already underway for the county. Some of them will affect the areas I frequently drive through:

  • Sawmill Pkwy extension to Hyatts Rd – complete Sep 09.
  • Orange Rd bridge over the Olentangy River – complete Aug 2009.
  • Orange Rd & Rt 315 roundabout – Aug to Oct 09
  • Liberty Rd realignment at Home Rd – Jun 09 to Aug 2010
  • S Old State & Lewis Center Rd intersection widening – May to Nov 09
  • Red Bank Rd bridge over Hoover Reservoir south of Sunbury Rd – Jun to Nov

There is a complete list of the projects at the Engineer’s web site.

Water fun in southern Delaware County

Today I had to traverse from one side of southern Delaware County to the other … something I do frequently. Since I wasn’t under a specific time limit, I took some time to take photos (see below) around the three main areas for boaters. It was a rather warm day in the high 80’s, so being next to water seemed like a good thing to do.

I first had to be up near Hoover Reservoir which extends from the east side of Westerville northward to the west side of Galena and beyond. I stopped at the southern part where the dam spillway is to snap photos. There were LOTS of Canadian geese there resting close to a picnic shelter. Given the “mess” they make, actually having a picnic there certainly wouldn’t be very appealing. There were also quite a few seagulls and brown ducks as well.

Northward on Sunbury Rd where it crosses over the reservoir, I stopped at another boat launch site to take some photos of the backside of some homes across the water. A couple of the homes have installed the huge rocks along their water frontage to prevent erosion. Others haven’t, and the erosion is obvious. There are many waterfront homes along Hoover. Because of a specific agreement with the City of Columbus, the water level can’t be raised as high as originally planned because the city would be responsible for taking the owner’s land away. (That’s why there are no waterfront homes along Alum Creek – they learned a lesson!)

Then my errands took me westward on Big Walnut Rd, so I took a brief side trip up Africa Rd to a boat launch on Alum Creek Reservoir. Not many people there, in spite of the warm day. However, it is a weekday, so most would be working. Or perhaps, the gas costs have curtailed some of the time spent on the water.

Back down Africa Rd to Lewis Center Rd which goes past the bottom of the Alum Creek Dam then northward along the west side of the reservoir. On this side of the lake, there are campgrounds, a beach, and a couple boat launches. One of them is for the sailing club. There’s something inherently peaceful about a sail boat, even though they were moored.

Also, on this side of the Reservoir is the Dog Park. Of course, I HAD to stop here. It was the busiest place … but it WAS a great day for the dogs to enjoy a swim. I wasn’t dressed appropriate to go inside the beach fence and potentially be subjected to “shake-baths”, so I stood outside the area. All I saw was large dogs, but then I heard a familiar sounding bark & snappy growl and knew there had to be a doxie somewhere. Sure enough, there was a short-hair … letting the big guys know who was REALLY the tough guy on the beach. I later learned his name was Scooter.

Continuing on with my errands near Powell, I went to the boat launch at O’Shaunessy on the Scioto River, which is just south of Home Rd off of Riverside Dr. Again, only a couple boaters in the water. As I was walking back to the WEENR-mobile, I noticed a bunch of carpenter bees were taking advantage of some flowering weeds to gather nectar. Better they spend their time here, than boring holes in nearby homes.

Since I seldom get any time off from real estate, I really enjoy the opportunity for these side jaunts to reconnect with nature and for a brief period of time forget about all the details of the real estate business. I need that once in a while to recharge the batteries.

Growing a vegetable garden … the surburban way.

One thing I’ve been noticing recently are the number of suggestions the media is providing to help people save money, not only on gas but on groceries. Of course, the food/grocery issue also concerns avoiding the more frequent problem we’re having with “bad’ food.

The Gen X’ers and Gen Y’ers that are being interviewed sometimes mention that they’ve decided to shop at local farm markets or start their own garden … as if this were a revolutionary new concept!

I hate to break this to them, but NOT having a garden is a more recent concept than HAVING one!

I grew up in a tiny town in Knox County. My parents always had humongous gardens, in two different locations on their 10 acres. They grew every sort of vegetable that could be grown. Going through the Burpee catalogs in January was a major project for them.

The large garden nearest the home was planted with those items that either required more constant care or could be harvested daily like lettuce, radishes, peppers, corn, tomatoes, spinach, beans, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, and yes, brussel sprouts! (they aren’t so bad fresh out of the garden!)

The even bigger garden was planted further away in a field close to a small stream where the soil was extra nice. This garden was planted with things that needed lots of space to spread out, like melons, pumpkins, squash, pickles, cucumbers and potatos.

Mom made me help with the garden. Like going to Sunday School, I had to be REALLY, REALLY sick to avoid either one. There was just no getting out of it! 🙂 Once the food was harvested, it was prepared to either be canned or put into the big chest freezer that were common then.

With today’s subdivisions, it might be harder to have a garden of any size, except for a few tomato or lettuce plants. Most subdivision’s deed restrictions forbid planting “crops”. If you want to switch to growing a portion of your own food supply, you might consider buying a home located in a township.


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Is Delaware County (Ohio) a yuppie county?

In Sunday’s Dispatch, a columnist was offering his opinion on how counties voted for the two Democratic candidates in the recent Primary election. In the article he mentioned that Delaware County voted much different than all the other 88 counties in Ohio citing that it was a “yuppie” county.

I decided to check the actual demographics to see if they supported his comment. The demos of the more populated southern half of the county definitely support the columnist’s yuppie comment. The numbers below are for MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME, % of residents having a BACHELOR’S DEGREE or higher, and the MEDIAN AGE of residents. The list is high-low by income.


  • 43082, Westerville: $95,618, 50%, 36 yrs
  • 43065, Powell: $83,484, 57%, 34 yrs
  • 43035, Lewis Center: $71,870, 51%, 31 yrs
  • 43021, Galena: $68,973, 38%, 40 yrs
  • 43061, Ostrander: $62,296, 26%, 38 yrs
  • 43074, Sunbury: $61,094, 25%, 38 yrs
  • 43015, Delaware: $51,422, 29%, 34 yrs
  • 43334, Marengo: $47,000, 8%, 36 yrs
  • 43066, Radnor: $41750, 16%, 40 yrs


Birding temporarily replaces real estate business

I took advantage of today’s sunny day to take exterior photos of the new listing near Hoover Reservoir that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. It’s a heavily wooded, ravine lot and the owner’s have many bird feeders around the 3 acres.

To get a good shot of the back of the home, I had to go to the other side of the ravine in order to get the entire home in the camera’s frame. (It’s a big home). I had prepared for this by wearing layers of winter clothing and my boots to navigate the snow.

As I was standing in the midst of the brambles, I heard quite a bit of chatter from all the birds overhead. Then there was silence! At that point I saw a small falcon swooping around the ravine, frightening all the song birds.

I tried to capture a photo, but the falcon flew too fast. As I watched it fly, I noticed in a nearby thicket, were 6 male Cardinals. I’ve not seen so many Cardinals in such a small space. They were gorgeous! I had to use the zoom setting to avoid frightening them away, so the photo isn’t as clear as I would like.

Copyrighted Cardinals