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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta rnoay, January 17, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 27 At "J" v' if. Alberta Agriculture offers pruning course Carpentry Corner DESIGN Dl 2 597 1913 SQ. FT. TOTAL Appearing to be a single family home, this impressive semi detached design in ranch style will complement any residen- tial neighbourhood. This two family home will help pay for itself in no time. Only the single entrance and vestibule are shared and each unit has its own kitchen, back entrance, basement and indepen- dent heating system. The two bedroom apartment has a fireplace and separate dining room and has 1180 sq. ft. of living space; the one bedroom unit has 733 sq. ft. The design would lend itself particularly to the family with a senior parent or a young married couple. Design D2 i 480 is another two family design with two and one bedroom apartments in a storey and a half. Lower level has 1220 sq. ft. the upper has 720 sq. ft. and the duplex arrangement allows a width of only 38 ft., ideal for a 50 foot lot. DESIGN D1-2-SS7 1913 Sq. Ft. Totol EDMONTON Does your job involve trees? Would you like to know how to look after them and the aft of pruning? Alberta Agriculture's hor- ticultural branch will be offer- ing two tree pruning courses this spring for people whose work involves tree maintenance or who are self employed in this type of work. Although the courses are mainly designed for these people, they are also open to anybody else who is interested in tree maintenance and beautification. The first course will be held at the Alberta Horticultural Research Center at Brooks March 4 and 5. The other will be held at the Oliver Tree Nursery, near Edmonton, March 11 and 12. Herman Oosterhuis, who is in charge of Alberta Agriculture's tree programs, says that arrangements will be made for additional prun- ing courses this spring, if the number of applicants warrants more courses. The courses cover specific pruning techniques recommended for shade trees, ornamental shrubs, fruit trees and fruit bushes, which participants can prac- tise during two days. Also covered are sucli things as insect and disease control in trees, as related to pruning; tree structural growth; tree and shrub hardiness and tree varieties that are recommended for Alber'.a. If you would like to take one of these courses, you should send your application in as soon as possible because applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve, basis. Application forms may be obtained from the Hor- ticultural Branch, Alberta Agriculture, Edmonton. If you've been thinking about adding a porch to your home this book will tell you how to do it easily and inex- pensively. Part one takes the mystery out of preparing footings and foundations and continues step by step to covering with a shed or gable roof. Part two tells how to enclose the porch. Simplified directions also tell you how to cut through a wall or remove a window to install a door. Whether you're building or remodelling this HOME-0-GRAPH HOME PLANNING SERVICE 40 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario M5C 2H1 x D I enclose (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 1 2nd Edition. ftl D I enclose (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 2 2nd Edition. D Please send free brochure showing sample "Home ol the Week" designs and other design books available. :-I; D Please send an order form so that I may order building plans for the design shown above. NAME ADDRESS (PfHM Print) Your Garden Soil mixtures for seeding By ISABELLE R. YOUNG F.R.H.S. For years, the standard seed starting mixture was three parts good loam, one part coarse sand and one part of peat moss or some varia- tion of it. This is still a very good compost mixture but a number of new combinations have been experimented with and found to be highly successful. Many greenhouse people and other growers like to use equal parts of peat moss and clean sand. I have used this mixture for starting sweet peas in, and while the percen- tage of germination in the standard soil sand peat mixture was around 90 percent, it jumped to 98 percent in the peat sand compost. Vermiculite and perlite have also been used favor- ably for starting seeds in. The advantage of these, either alone or used with peat moss is they are sterile, thus alleviating the danger of young seedlings "damping You may use the stan- dard mixture mentioned at the beginning of this article and top the seeds off with ver- miculite or peat moss or a mixture of both. However, the only point I have against using this as a topping is it is very difficult to tell when the soil is dry. Once the seeds sprout they go ahead fast and have a tremendous root system. Other good mixtures I have used consist of two parts loam, one part sand and one part peat moss or one part loam, one part peat moss and one part perlite, or equal parts of peat moss, loam and sand with the addition of ver- miculite (equal to the amount of the other three Experiment around with these different mixtures and find out which ones you get best results with. When sowing seeds in flats, many broadcast them over the surface of the compost. With coarse or large seeds this is quite satisfactory but with finer seeds such as begonias or petunias, great care has to be taken, especial- ly with watering. If the soil is kept a little on the dry side to prevent "damping off" there is always the danger of seedlings drying out and a great many people have blam- ed "damping off" for loss ol seedlings when the real culprit was drying out. On the other hand, if the young plants are kept on the wet side there is a real danger of losing some of the seedlings. To get around this problem it is a good idea to make shallow depressions or furrows in the seed con- tainers and plant in these. There are several soil sterilants on the market one could use, but I like quite an inexpensive one called "potassium These are small purple crystals, purchased at a drug counter, and all you do is drop half a dozen or so into a quart bottle or other container of water until it is a pale pink in color. Water seeded flats and young seedlings with this and you will have very little "damp I very seldom run into this trouble any more. Going back to sowing in furrows, this has three advan- tages: 1. the soil in the furrows is still moist when the higher soil between them shows signs of being dry and so it is much easier to keep the seeds and seedlings damp but not wet. 2. If "damping off" should occur, it will not spread easily beyond the furrows in which it originated and so is more easily controlled. 3. Previously the only safe method of watering a flat was to place it in a pan of water and'allow it to soak up moisture from the bottom. This is still a good method but you can water between the furrows and even the finest seeds and seedlings will not be hurt. If seeds are sown in a mix- ture that contains very little or no soil, pricking out will have to be done a little sooner than normal or a dilute fer- tilizer solution will have to be used after the plants are up as these soiless composts con- tain no nutrients. By Gene Fawcotto TISnUQ, TfSTlHG YOU LET MOOR FINGERS DO THE TESTING WITH A NEW CIRCUIT TESTER. ONE CLIP ATTACHES TOTHE ORIGIN OF THE CIRCUIT, WHILE A RING CONVERTS ANY FINGER TO THE OTHER EieCTROPE... t_i handy book will show you how to do it and save money. Send in cheque or money order for Home Improvement Book No. 613, How To Build And Enclose A Porch to Lethbridge Herald; P.O. Box 4090, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1M9. Send an additional for a new catalogue illustrating more than 300 other pattern projects and home improve- ment books. No tax is re- quired for either the catalogue or home improvement books. 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