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Hometown Farmer - Koch Gardens

HTF - Koch Gardens

There's a variety of veggies growing at Koch Gardens.

If you stop by, you might also see an unusual method for growing melons, too.

"I thought this was a tough summer for us," said Scott Koch, of Koch Gardens. "I watered most every day out here to keep things going."

You wouldn't be able to tell just by looking at the veggies growing near Cherokee, though.

Everything looks like it has grown well.

"It's enjoyable to be out here, and to grow," said Koch, with a smile. "To see things grow."

Scott and his wife Deb aren't alone tending to the gardens.

They get a little help from Eli the dog, too.

"Eli's my partner," said Koch. "He's out here all day, every day with me, wherever I'm at, picking green beans or tomatoes, he's right beside me."

But it doesn't take long to see that more than just the standard vegetables grow here.

Scott and Deb have a love of growing "new" things.

They've even tried their hand at growing popcorn.

And the two add more produce every year.

Sure, you can find standards like tomatoes and peppers in the 98-foot-long high tunnel.

But, if you step around the farm, you'll see nearly 100 aronia bushes.

After five years, those bushes are about ready to really produce.

"That's just another thing we tried, you know," said Scott. "Just tried something different."

And if you want to see something out of the ordinary, check out where Scott grows his muskmelon and watermelon!

You can find them popping out of the cement of an old feed floor!

"You get some cracks in the feed floor, so you just plant some seeds there and you don't have a lot of weed competition because of the cement," said Scott. "We've had some luck growing some watermelon and muskmelon on a feed floor, just something different."

Scott and his wife sell at the Cherokee Farmer's Market every week in Cherokee, IA.

If you'd like to learn more about Koch Gardens, please visit the Facebook page at: facebook.com/kochgardens.

If you think of a farmer that might be great on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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