Mercer Transportation

The Battle of the Green Thumbs

The Battle of the Green Thumbs

A few members of the Mercer team at the Louisville headquarters have been squeezing in some gardening. The garden at building 1 started with Tom Pifer. According to imaging team lead Heather Watson, “Tom had the idea to reuse old step frame toolboxes as planters, and of course we jumped at the chance to add greenery to our outdoor break area.” It doesn’t take a lot of time to pull the occasional weed and make sure they’re getting enough water.

The garden at building 1 includes a whole community of praying mantises for organic pest control, plus all of the following: rosemary, lavender, mint, sage, thyme, two types of basil, fennel, cilantro, parsley, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberry, garlic, green beans, pansies, zinnias, and marigold. 

Not to be outdone, orientation coordinator Dean Donnell has been working with Jerry Higdon on a garden at building 5. Their garden includes zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and several varieties of peppers. The peppers include cayenne, habanero, coolapeno, jalapeno, mammoth jalapeno, and pepperoncini.

If the idea of gardening at work is making you green with envy, we’ve also heard of drivers keeping a little planter as a co-pilot on the road. Plenty of small planters come with the water dish attached to the bottom, letting you pour off any excess water. A little mint, lavender, or jasmine can work harder than chemical air fresheners, and they’re less work than some four-legged companions.

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