Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
HOME OF THE WEEK It's time for seed catalogs With winter fast disappearing and spring rapidly approaching, the iirroortant event in a gardener's mind is the arrival of the 1973 seed catalogues. Now is the time for perusal of these books in order to plan our gardens and to see what is new and exciting in the horticultural field. McFayden's new 1973 catalogue is ready for mailing. This year it is bigger and better than ever: thirty two pages of exciting reading for the avid gardener.. Many new items are included this year. One of the most exciting ones is our t>e-icious Gourmet Herb Garden- an ideal item for indoor growing. It comes complete with eight popular varieties of Herbs: Curled Parsley, Chives, Thyme, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Basil, Summer Savory, Sage and Dill. In addition it contains four plastic growing trays, water-soluble WROW fertilizer tablets, 24 Miracle Plan-tees that simply require water in order to turn them into a fertilizer-enriched garden, and complete growi n g instructions. Each Kit contains helpful ideas on the use of herbs that will add zest to your meals and enhance your dining pleasure. The 1973 McFayden catalogue also lets you order, new this year, a variety of hardy flowering shrubs. Best of all it's free for the asking. Just write P.O. Box 1600, Brandon, Manitoba. DESIGN R23-555 1,885 Sq. Ft, DESIGN R 23-555 Ideally designed for a corner lot, the L-shaped bungalow' illustrated allows its occupants to take advantage of all the conveniences < ' modem living. From leisurely hours on the patio to family room fun it was planned for both convenience and enjoyment. The garage doors can be built to face either the front or side, depending on the preference of the owner. Family and living rooms are located across the entire back ol the bouse with the open-planned kitchen between them. A beamed ceiling covers the entire three room area. An eight-foot high brick wall with planter forms the separation on the livng room side and cabinets, perform the same function on the family room side. Either room is large ( ) ( ) ( ) Homograf Home Planning Service 40 JARVIS ST., TORONTO, ONTARIO 1 enclose $1.00 each (plus 25 cents for handling and mailing) for two new books "Home Design for Canadians". Book.l presents designs for homes up to 1600 sq. ft. for 1 storey and split level, 1850 sq. ft. for one and one half and 2 storey. Book 2 includes larger homes and vacation homes. Also avai'able is an 18 page book of duplex and multiple home designs at 50 cents. Please send an order form so that I may order builder's plans fcr the design shown above. Give him his own garden Even if it's only in a 4 foot by 6 foot space behind the garage, your youngster will enjoy growing the easiest vegetables. Of course, if the soil is what the builder left, you'll have to turn it over to loosen it and help the child rake it smooth for a seedbed. But some vegetables will grow with no more prepartion than that. Among the easiest are beans, radishes and leaf lettuce, so, if your soil isn't that mythical "friable loam," let your child start gardening with the 3 vegetables named. Then there'll be no disappointment. Even a 3 or 4-year-old can tie one end of a line around a stake, hammer the stake into the ground, where a row will start, then stretch the line to a stake hammered into the other-end-of-the row - location, fastening the line there. And, even if you don't know a thing about gardening, you can helo to make a shallow furrow with the tip of the rake handle, using the stretched line as a guide to keep the furrow straight. Then all that remains to be done is plant the seeds. Directions for doing that are on the back of each seed packet. You should read them and discuss them wihh the youngster: then let him or her cany them out. Gardening is contagious - once your child has a garden, You'll find it. hard to keep your YOUR GARDEN By Isabelle R. Young, F.R.H.S. GROWING CELERY SUCCESSFULLY 'T'he other day I heard someone ask me "How do you grow good celery? I have tried two years now, without success. What is your secret?" Well, it really isn't a secret. It's just knowing a few facts' that contribute to growing and producing a vegetable where the outcome will result in a specimen of highest quality. It does require some special treatment, but if this is understood, excellent celery can be grown here. Although it is, a vegetable that perhaps is not grown too often, people do use a lot of it in soups, stews, salads, etc. For those who would like to try growing celery, it should be started now and must be kept growing without any setbacks. To have success with this delicious vegetable, a fairly high day temperature is required - about 75 degrees with not less than GO degrees at night. If the temperature is allowed to drop to 50 degrees or less, for any length of time, bolting to seed could take place, fingers out of it. But stay away, except for giving advice and do that only when asked. Let your youngster make his own mistakes. Then he won't make them a second time, for seeds and plants are living things and reset oromotly to �ocd treat- NAME ADORESS enough for a dining area, jthis home. However, if a third There is direct access from the � bedroom is desired the den garage into the family room. Two bedrooms, one with a bath en suite, are a feature of could be converted. (Copyright 1973. Toronto Star Syndicate) Most plants require to be "hardened off" or exposed to cooler conditions before transplanting out in the garden. Celery is an exception to this rule, for if subjected to cooler temperatures, bolting results. Temperatures must be progressively lowered to prevent this. If it is wanted to harden plants off before putting outside, reduce the supply of water a little, but do not allow to dry out as celery has a restricted root system. Germination takes approximately 15 to 22 days at 65 degrees. The seed should be covered and not allowed to dry out at any time as this delays germination. To improve germination, alternating the temperatures, say 65 degrees one day and 75 degrees another day should help. Or you could try sprouting the seed between layers of damp cloth or paper towelling. Once the seed is up and growing well, you should not have too many problems if I you follow the advice above. If given the protection of plastic or hotcaps, the plants may be set outside about the middle of May. They are kept under this until the weather warms up. In this way, earlier celery may be obtained. Space plants 8 inches apart in rows. Celery requires a deep, well-drained, fertile soil with plenty of humus, which can be in the way of well rotted manure, dug deeply in. Some varieties are self-blanching - and to accomplish this successfully, plant close together. Others are "naturally" green and are not blanched. I just grow celery in a regular row, not trenched. If you wish to go to the trouble of blanching - some people use earth, but I prefer to use corrugated paper collars, about 5 Inches wide, or you may use several thicknesses of newspaper, long enough to wrap around the celery as soon as high enough. A string is tied around the centre of each collar, allowing the collar to slide up and down for inspection of the plants, and allowing the celery to expand as it grows. Before applying the bands, remove all side shoots and place a few slug pellets around the base. Renew at intervals. As the celery grows, add another band, continuing this as necessary, keeping the top o;ie just below the leaves. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to property blanch celery. The secret of growing good celery is watering and fertilizing. Lots and lots of water is required during the growing period. I use a weak solution of sheep manure water, applied three times a week. Also a complete fertilizer given every two weeks. Spray with a good fungicide once a week, if necessary. Varieties recommended- Improved Utah 52-70, green; Golden Plum, yellow. Mrs. A. - Can I start runner beans indoors and when? Ans. - Yes, around May 10th, in peat pots, with the "eye" down. NOTE: All questions shonld be sent with self - addressed-stamped, envelope to - Mrs. I. R. Yoting, 3020 Centre B. St. N.W., Calgary 43. Due to the number of letters asking more than one question it is requested in future enquiries that only ONE question be submitted each time as it is impossible for Mrs. Young to reply to all correspondence and do her practical gardening as well. Gardening is child?s play This little boy is planting beans-one of the very easiest vegetables to grow-in his own garden. Several other vegetables are also especially good for children's gardens because they do not require the perfect gardener to make them grow. SEE THE AMAZING 4-WAY VORWERK The cleaner that will revolutionize house cleaning. Upright Cleaner Electro-Sweeper Cleanerette Portable Cleaner ALL IN ONE FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICE LTD. 1244 - 3rd AVE. S. 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