Klaas enjoys bounty from her edible landscape


Cheryl Rutschilling Klaas of West Liberty works hard on her garden, growing fruits and veggies, turning her yard into editable landscaping.

Everything she grows is organic, using no chemicals. Klaas puts down weed fabric and plants through it, using a raised bed, which helps keep the foliage from touching bare soil. Once the plants grow a bit she applies mulch.

There are blueberry bushes by the sidewalk path, a peach tree in the side yard, raspberry bushes in the corner, a cherry tree and elderberry bushes in the back. She experiments in cloning tomatoes in one section of the yard while in the garden there are two rows of heirloom tomatoes, each plant a different kind.

Several types of peppers and kale, sweet potatoes, rat tail radishes, green beans (sparse this year) and zucchini share the garden with the tomato plants.

She is always trying different gardening techniques and new varieties of plants, bushes and trees to add to her yard and eventually to the kitchen table. When the harvest is plentiful she loves sharing the fruits of her labor with family and friends.

Klaas said when it comes to the Heirloom tomatoes she is inspired by Jerry Harrell who has a Face book page called Tomato Geeks and he has given lots of helpful information.

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Cheryl Rutschilling Klaas stands in her West Liberty garden.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/09/web1_DSC_0016.jpgCheryl Rutschilling Klaas stands in her West Liberty garden. Tami Wenger | Contributing photographer

Peppers, a tomato and rat tail radishes are harvested.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/09/web1_third.jpgPeppers, a tomato and rat tail radishes are harvested. Photo used by permission of Cheryl Rutschilling Klaas

A Gold Medal Heirloom Tomato is fresh from the garden.
http://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/09/web1_mato.jpgA Gold Medal Heirloom Tomato is fresh from the garden. Tami Wenger | Contributing photographer

By Tami Wenger

Contributing writer

Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.