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June 30, 2014

A slice of Asgaard

AUSABLE FORKS — Every morning, Linda Dubay works two solid hours, sometimes more, in her vegetable gardens before the heat sets in along this beautiful stretch of the Ausable River, where she lives with her husband, Walter.

“We’ve had a garden ever since we built this house in 1987,” Linda said. “It seemed to every year get bigger and bigger, and now we have two large gardens and out in the back we have another pile of composted chicken manure where we plant the pumpkins for the grandkids. We like to grow our own food. I do a lot of canning, a lot of freezing.”

Beets, turnip, dill, basil, cilantro, three kinds of lettuce, six rows of carrots and cauliflower are in the main garden.

“I just picked the last of my spinach this morning,” Linda said. “I have sugar-snap peas, Swiss chard, green beans, zucchini, three kinds of winter squash and watermelon for the grandkids.”

MEMORIES

The Dubays purchased their 25 acres of formerly Asgaard Farm land from Shirley “Sally” Kent Gorton.

From an idyllic childhood to wife and motherhood, Linda worked at Asgaard until Sally’s death in May 2000.

Looking over her property, it allows her to keep intact her memories of Asgaard in its heyday when artist Rockwell Kent was alive. At the edge of her property, she swam with other local kids in the river.

GARDEN VISITORS

“In the raised beds, I have all my tomato plants,” Linda said. “I have cherry tomatoes and regular tomatoes. We originally built the raised beds and had strawberries but we had to fight the chipmunks and the squirrels and everything else to get any strawberries. So, I use it for my tomatoes, and they love it. They thrive very well in that raised bed.”

Nearby, a trellis holds Concord grapes.

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