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MariLark was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Marie and Larkin Smith. They were the great aunt and uncle of the current owner and built MariLark in 1941, calling their home “MariLark” a combination of their two names, Marie and Larkin.
To honor their dedication and passion to their home and the local community, a sign was carved in 1997 and placed on the corner of the property to commemorate and continue the tradition of the passion for the home and local community.
Ever wonder what effect a greenhouse might have on your life? Well, this little 6′ x 8′ structure changed my life. Watch it being built here. →
MariLark circa 1950
It was our sixth annual tomato tasting and each year it gets better and better. A number of first timers came so I expect it will continue to attract more and more people to this unique and fun event. The 2018 tomato tasting happened to fall on my birthday...read more
This is a special place where my roots go deep. I am the founder of the modern MariLark, but I am not the one who picked the lot, designed the home and finally built it here in what was known as Berkeley Woods. After a lot of sweat, back aches and more, the corner has...read more
My Iowa story starts in the summer of 1970 during a visit to my Grandparents in Clinton, Iowa, a ton on the banks of the M ississippi River.read more
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Myth #1 - I need a greenhouse to start seeds!
Myth #2: Growing Organic doesn't really matter
Myth #3: My home-grown tomatoes are expensive
Heirloom tomatoes grown at home will not only taste better, they are more nutritious and can be much cheaper than those in the store. Be careful, after growing your own tomatoes you may never want to buy a store “grown” tomato again. You probably already know that gardening for food requires certain maintenance like organic fertilizers, care of the soil and more, making most people think that you need to spend a lot of money to grow great tomatoes.