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Irina Polandova

Year I started at Gardener’s Supply: 2005

What I do here: Develop applications for the website

What’s your gardening style? I lived in a house with a big garden until I was 15. That means I did a lot of planting, weeding and watering. If we wanted fresh produce, we had to grow it ourselves, so we grew corn, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, squash and more. Then we moved to the city, and I didn’t have a chance to garden until I started working at Gardeners Supply.

How I grow: Our company offers garden plots to employees, which was my opportunity to start gardening again.  So, I have been gardening here at the Burlington site and have rented an additional plot from Tommy Thompson Community Garden, which is down the road from the office. I grow tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, peppers, beans and herbs. Recently, I planted strawberries, raspberries and black currants.

Best gardening tip I ever got: Use the straw around the plants to keep weeds at bay.

Second-best gardening tip: Water tomato plants at the base of the plants. Avoid getting water on the leaves. This helps prevent disease.

Favorite free-time activities: Table tennis, bocce, hiking, biking.

Hidden talents: When I was in college, I worked in construction during the summers. Because of that I can lay brick walls and plaster them.