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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Newton's Plum Crazy Greenhouse playing 'beat the clock' with winter

A sign out front displays the Plum Crazy logo. The greenhouse has been in business since 2006. / Photo by Rachel Christensen

By Rachel Christensen

November 7, 2008 | NEWTON -- Two months ago Colleen Woodward started a project she thought would last two weeks. In two days, the race against daylight and cold weather will end and the project will finally be complete.

The project, building an additional structure for her business, Plum Crazy Greenhouse, really began two years ago when Woodward purchased the structures from a man in Idaho. Woodward said she immediately put up the first structure and started her greenhouse business in 2006. This May, Woodward began to put up the second structure.

"I've got a third if I want to use it," Woodward said. "I joke with my neighbors, if I ever decide to put the third one up they should remind me how long it took to put this one up."

Half of the new greenhouse building will consist of planting soil. Woodward said this soil will expand her growing season by allowing her to start growing earlier in the year as well as protecting the plants during the colder months.

Plum Crazy Greenhouse carries flowers, perennials, vegetables and a few trees and shrubs, Woodward said. Most of her customers come from local towns like Tremonton and Clarkston, but she said she does have customers from Logan on occasion.

Woodward said her business is typically busiest from May until the end of June, so the country's ailing economy hasn't had a large impact on her business so far. She said although she hopes the economy rebounds by next May, she isn't too worried about her business.

"People always like gardens," Woodward said.

Woodward said her love of plants started at Western Gardens in Sandy, Utah, where she worked for 15 years. The name Plum Crazy was developed by Woodward and her husband and kids. She said the name is a play on the phrase "plumb crazy" and was used to jokingly describe the first hectic year of starting a business.

Woodward said she is planning on celebrating the completion of the new structure, though she isn't sure how to appropriately celebrate the unexpected months of hard labor.

"[In celebration] I'm gonna burn my tools," Woodward said jokingly.

The new structure at right will allow for expansion. / Photo by Rachel Christensen

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