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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 1874 THE lETHBHIPOE HEHALO Lynne Van Luven In the none of the city's blandishments quite satisfy the countrified soul When winter sweeps across the Prairies and im- mobilizes the soil in a blanket of bright shopping centres and husky throated lounge singers prove diversion enough But come summer when seedlings sprout into hardy poplar leaves turn from mint to bottle green and the scent of new-mown lawn weighs heavily in the afternoon air then the country bumpkin lurking in the heart of everyone longs for wider spaces and uncluttered vistas Of all the images of summers on a small prairie farm more thair a decade one remains most poignant- remembrance of garden strolls Don't bother up images of ladies with parasols and gentlemen in frock coats idly strolling in a rose garden The jaunts whereof I speak were strictly utilitarian and there were never any males present to see the was I think still a form of whenever busy farm folk found time for social calls during the summer While the men hunkered down to discuss the newest in balers or hydraulic the women would tramp out to inspect the garden Getting there was sometimes half the fun Most of the farm women I knew had two gardens one near the in a corner of the homestead yard This garden was home to a few potatoes and lettuce stalks It was but nobody fussed much over though it provid ed daily food but the second garden plot on that rested all hopes for a full larder for the winter In search of just the ideal the Shangnla of my mother tended to move her garden to a new location each year It kept any would-be potato poachers anyhow and always kept Father guessing Most getting there meant a jolting journey in the farm across sometimes even doing the unthinkable etching a road through the crop Once hostess and visitor would somberly pace each commenting on the growth of the wax bewailing the cutworm's inroads into the cucumber patch murmuring appreciatively over the tomato plants' promising blossoms While adult backs were those children present snitched peas As urban housewives com- pare broadlooms and so the farm women weighed each others' gardens A time honored this inspection No one ever refused to the that would be unspeakably like refusing to stay to lunch during an evening visit And a weed-free garden was as much a reason for pride as a neat house there she was look- ing at my and me caught with my sow thistle hale and hearty I could've many stooged and sweaty hours went into the masterpiece And there was as much generosity as rivalry in the comparisons One woman bemoaned her utter lucklessness with tomatoes while another voiced mystification over the barren blight descending upon her cucumbers Their solution was a simply one they trad- ed produce and shared their garden bounty to come and see the I said to visitors just the other day Perhaps it was an unconscious desire to recapture childhood's expsnences some prompting equally deep and wh'ch bade me but the words were out before I knew it for heaven's scoffed my citybred to whom such a question was even weirder than up and see my But these were polite we trekked bravely across a few feet of lawn to the garden's edge It's a small plot and you keep bumping into yourself and the apple trees when you're in it So we stood there on the rocking back and forth on our heels Truth to it is a rather undistinguished bit of about which one can honesty say very little except she After a few moments awkward silence interspersed with strained we trooped back to the patio and subsided into lawn chairs Marauding creeping aphids and roving cats with poor toilet-training not gardening in the city lacks that sense of theatre and high drama fftimH in ramhlmcr nlnta It's ALL In... The Lethbridge Herald Local News National News Editorials News Area News Sports Letters of the Editor Political News Provincial News Women's News Human Interest Stories Advertising Lethbridge Herald Serving and Selling The Start Your Subscription Clip and Mail this Handy Coupon Please Start My Subscription To The Lethbridge Herald subscription Name 6 Months...... Address................................ 12 Months I am enclosing Order In the amount of......... Rate lor Mail Subscribers In Alberta Saskatchewan and B C Mail Coupon to P.O. Box Alberta ;