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Eller still makes time for vegetable garden

He's nearly 90, but Alvin Eller is still going strong.

Mr. Eller cares for all of the land surrounding his home, about one and a third acres, himself, including cutting the grass.

"That'll keep you busy," Mr. Eller said.

In addition, Mr. Eller cares for his quarter-acre garden, which contains sweet potatoes, okra, corn, butter beans and other produce.

Mr. Eller doesn't even receive help from his wife, Audrey Eller, who tends to many of the flowers in Thomson's downtown area.

"That's my job," Mr. Eller said. "It's something to do, more than anything."

As such a large garden produces more of a yield than the couple could eat in a season, there are plenty of extra vegetables beyond what the Ellers keep for themselves.

Instead of selling the leftovers, Mr. Eller gives them away to his niece, among others.

"The thing of it is, I've done it just to see how good I could do it," Mr. Eller said.

Mr. Eller went on to say that determination has pushed him to be able to face the task of caring for such a large garden at an age when many others would cease to perform such activities.

"It takes quite a bit of willpower," Mr. Eller said.

Despite all the willpower and hard work he has put into it, Mr.Eller remains modest about his garden.

"Well, I don't want any pictures taken of it," he said. "That'd be too much of a show-off."

Web posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006

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