SO much is going on with the Marshall County Co-op. The big news is, of course, Propane related. After all, Propane is the Co-op’s main lifeline! They just opened up a satellite propane plant in New Martinsville! One of the reasons a propane plant was put there is because of the growth opportunity in that area and to be able to better serve Wetzel and Tyler Counties. It also cuts their costs and time involved of transporting propane from Moundsville to those areas.
This move will now ensure the residents of Wetzel and Tyler Counties complete access to propane without any delays. And better service. It’s been hard to fill our propane delivery trucks (bobtails) in Moundsville at 7am and have the driver deliver south of New Martinsville, going through all the traffic and New Martinsville’s 11 stop lights. And then back to Moundsville to reload! With this new location, things will be done much faster!
As of now, the Marshall County Co-op will not have an office at this new location. This satellite plant will just be a filling station for our bulk delivery truck, armed with security cameras and alarms. Propane from this location can be secured by calling the main Moundsville number of 304 845 2375.
In addition to Propane, there are so many other things that the Marshall County Co-op is proud of.
- They are owned by local farmers, 1700 of them to be precise.
- They have been in existence since 1941.
- They have an awesome lawn and garden business in addition to their Propane business.
- They have a great group of current employees, and depending on the time of the year, employs between 20-30 people.
- They are just shy of 3,000 home heat propane customers from Weirton to the tip of Tyler County.
- They have really good (newer) equipment on the roads.
So now let’s talk a little about our gardens. Mine barely has survived the intense heat and humidity that this summer has brought to the table. My cucumber plants had a ton of yellow flowers all over them, but something happened to them and now the leaves and flowers are turning brown. Like it’s been cooked. My zucchini, on the other hand, is thriving. I think very soon most of my garden will be put to bed until next spring.
I didn’t plant any pumpkins, but if you have them in yours, now is the time to take some extra action on them. To help your pumpkins ripen for Halloween, remove the leaves shadowing the fruit, plus raise your orange friends off the ground to prevent possible rotting. One trick is to set them on a piece of wood or leftover slate, or whatever works best for you.
Another thing you may want to do is consider is starting a compost bin. If you don’t already have a compost bin, consider building one now in preparation for the deluge of fallen leaves and spent plant material you will be collecting from your garden. Compost is stellar at returning valuable nutrients to your soil and acts as a wonderful slow-release organic fertilizer. Please don’t put diseased or infested plant material in your bin as the spores can overwinter reinfect your plants in the spring when you use your compost in your garden beds.
In summary, as we head into September, I just know that I am ready for the slowdown. I am ready for football season and cooler temperatures. I am ready for campfires in the evening without roasting to pieces.
Even though Sept. may still have warmer days, I certainly hope it won’t be as bad as this past summers temps. Bring on the pumpkins and pumpkin spice everything!!
And get your propane ordered!