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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ THE IETHDRIDGE HERALD Friday, July 8, 1972 Wood surfaces need protection By Mil. 1-'1X Paint and varnish protect wood surfaces from Ihe weath- er. And wood tliat is in con- stant proximity to moisture fence posts, wooden outd o o r furniture, door .sills, outdoor Btcps need more protection than either paint or varnish- Continued presence of mois- ture allows fungus to thrive, resulting in rot. Any piece of wood that touches the ground or is in such a position that moisture mil collect on it easily should be treated with a wood preser- vative. Wood preservatives are var- ied and the well-known creo- sote, with its pungent odor and association with railroad ties, is not the only one and cer- tainly not the bast. Creosole's chief virtue is its cheapness, hich makes it goad for fenre posts where its flaws will not affect anything. Creo- sote blec-ds through paint, so that it is not useful on sur- faces that must be finished. It is very dark and it has an un- pleasant smell [hat seems to last forever. Shop around and you can find preservatives that An not bleo'.I and which are a lillle more pleasant to use. While there ;ii'c many trade names, a look at the ingredients will indicate the presence of such chemicals as pcntachloraphenol, zinc naphthenate and copper nuph- thenate. The first named is most com- mon. These penla preserva- tives generally come in an oil base and the better ones will be clear. Check instnictions for paint- ing. Chances are you will have to seal the preservative with shellac or aluminum paint. Zinc napthenate is generally clear and is used for sealing wood surfaces and for using on wood that will be varnished. Conper nanhthenate is preen in color and if the color bothers ynu it will have to be painted over. But it will need sealing first. Whatever preservative you choose, remember lhat protec- tion comes from having the ma tcrial soak into the wood as much as possible. Brushing on is not as good as dipping. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) YOUR GARDEN By Isabella R. Young, F.R.H.S. COMPOSTS T HAVE liad numerous In- quiries, both locally and out of town, [or information ou liow to make a compost pile. To please everyone, I am wiling Lhe same article for ALL read- ers of The Alberliui and Lelli- bridgc Herald this week, some- thing not usually done. Constant cropping, .with out good management, exhausts the land- On farms and city gar- dens people waste various ma- terials that could be put In good advantage. Plants utilize cer- tain elements from the soil to manufacture plant food and so naturally they have to be re- placed, and a compost heap is one way of doing it, at very little cost. There is really no price tag that could be put on compost, because where could you anything that does so many things it supplies plant nutrients and is a mulch and soil conditioner. What can you use in a com- post? Any materials should be soft vegetation that will rot j quickly, such as leaves, lawn clippings, garden refuse, do- mestic garbage, sliredded news- paper, unripened weeds, etc. 2363A 1971 CHRYSLER NEWPORT CUSTOM 4 DOOR HARDTOP Ivy green with dork green inlerior, V-S auto- malic, power steering, power brakes, foclory air, radial WSW tirei. HOLIDAY AT FREE GALS. OF GAS BOB VENABIES Res. Phono 328-0298 1718-3rd Aye. i. Phone 327-5763 Do not use woody materials or anything that is diseased. It you compost with straw or saw- dust you will have to provide a nitrogen fertilizer. Choose a sile tar enough away from the living area, but close enough where water from the hose or other source is available. The spot should also be readily accessi- ble by wheel-barrow or garden cart. It should not be placed up against a wooden fence, wall or building as these could rot in time. A shady place is best as the pile does not dry out too quickly. For making an enclosure, there are various materials one could use such as cone r e t e blocks set up without mortar; a bin made of rough boards with spaces in between to allow for ail-; snow fencing; wire, with stakes driven into t h e ground to hold it, or you can make one without an enclosure, but they are not as licly. When constructing a compost heap, make a layer about six to nine inches thick, and as wide and long as your contain- er. If fresh material is used, no water will be required, but if it is dry, firm it down well and then water, since the bac- teria which turns wastes into compost need moisture to do their work. If material is sliredded or chopped, it will rot down much faster. A fertilizer such as 1S-20-0, 114B-Q, or 14-14-7 may be sprinkled on the pile, using at the rate of 2 pounds to 100 pounds of fresh refuse, or if you only have a small pile, use a good handful. Next, add a two inch layer of good garden soil- to hold the moisture, prevent Instrumental portrayals The characters in Proko- fiev's "Peter and the Wolf" are portrayed by musical instru- ments. A flute is used for the birds, a bassoon for Pete r's grandfather, an oboe for the duck, three horns for the wolf and s. string quartet for Peter himself. material from blowing away and also inoculate (ho lieap with many kinds of soil organisms. Repeat the process with alter- nate layers of refuse, fertilize: and earth until the heap Is from 3 to 4 feet high, the preferred height heing 3 loci. Shallower piles dry out too quickly and higher ones are more difficult to turn over- To keep the compoft active, sprinkle when It begins to get dry, and have a slight hollow in the centre to catch moisture, ft it should become too wet, turn the pile over and expose to the air and add dry earth. You can also cover it with plastic to prevent the pile from drying out. This also retains the heat, thus hastening decomposition and also confines odors. De- composition is fastest during warm weather and when t h e pile is moist. When compost is ready it mil be dark colored, light and fluffy, taking from a tew months lo'a year, depending on materials, texture (fine or coarse, hard or moisture content, etc. There are materials on the market that can make compost very quickly such as Acto "QR" Quick Return Herbal Compost Maker, or Fertosan, which eli- minates odors and takes ap- proximately five to six weeks. Mrs. W. Could you please tell me what causes the blos- soms to drop off my tomato plants? Otherwise, they seem quite healthy. Ans. This is usually caused by cool night temperatures. Some varieties will not set fruit below 55 degrees. Try using one of the fruit-setting hormone cprays. NOTE: All questions should be sent with self addressed- stampcd, envelope to Mrs. I. R. Young, 3620 Centre B. St. N.W.. Calgary 43. Due to the number of letters aiking more than one question it is requested in future enquiries that only ONE question be submitted each lime as it is impossible for iMrs. Young to reply to all correspondence and do her practical garden- Ing as well. HOME OF THE WEEK DESIGN No. CH--S48 ]200 Sq.Ft. Blueprints also available in French This pleasing three bedroom home features comer windows which brighten the two end bedrooms, excellent traffic cir- culation, and an attached gar- age with sheltered terrace at the rear. Between meal snacks can be enjoyed at the snack counter in the kitchen. There is provision for an additional washroom in the basement. The simple rcof line reduces the cost of construction, but comple- mented by the other design fea- tures, the total effect is a pleas- ing one. House would require a 75 foot lot, GO without the gar- age. Construction is brick ve- neer but the blueprints include complete details for building in frame or solid brick. (Copyright 1D72. Toronto Star Syndicate) Try charcoal Docs it aggravate you to find that your lools are rusting re- gardless cf the careful care that you give them? Then try dropping a piece cf charcoal into your tool box. You will find lhat it abosrbs moisture and helps greatly in preventing the rusting of tools. IIOMOGRAF CO. OF CANADA 40 .IAHVIS ST. Bt KING EAST TORONTO 1, ONTARIO Please send me further dtlails about how to obtain standard builder blueprints for DESTGN R3-C48 Or enclosed please, find (plus 25 cents for hand- ling and for which send me the new Design Book entitled "Fourth and Country Homes Designed For Canadians." An additional IB- page bock of duplex and multiple income homo des- igns is available at 50c tax free. NAME.................................................... ADDRESS (Left.) WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED A NEW SHIPMENT OF TREES and SHRUBS In Containers Plant Anylime Plant pot and all. PLEASE NOTEI NEW SUMMER HOURS Washdays 12 Noon- p.m. Salurdayi a.m. 7.-00 p.m. Monday and Friday evenings un'il p.m. CLOSED WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS Lacemb fersenes Ltd. 5 Miles East of Uthhridga on No. 3 Highway, Coaldalo PHONE 345-4633 Canada Grade WEEKEND FEATURES! L MART WHITE, BROWN, CRACKED WHEAT...........T, 20-oz. loaf1 5 Loaves ICE CREAM SILVERWOOD'S MEADOW GOLD ASSORTED FLAVORS 3 Pint Carton POTATO CHIPS J9e STRAWBERRY NABOB PURE .....48-oz. tin GQV'T INSPECTED RED OR BLUE BEEF ROAST LB. 'GARDEN FRESH' PRODUCE SWEET AND JUICY WHOLE Ib I, 5E SIZE SWEET EATING 3 ORIGINATED IN ALBERTA FOR ALBERTA FAMILIES ;