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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta i HE LtiHBRIuut HtRALu luesday, June 25, 19.4 GARDENING: 'There's no green thumb growing is a science LANGLEY, B.C. (CP) 3reat-grandfather Koch vent in big for rhubarb; grandfather Koch was wild about strawberries and now Mogens Koch indulges in orchids. The specialties have :hanged over the years but ,he Koch family's garden- growing tradition has sur- vived, ''Tradition is strong in the old said Mr. Koch, referring to his Danish ancestry. "I'm the fifth generation in the greenhouse business. My great-grandfather was gardener to the king ot Denmark. So, you might say I was programmed to be a grower. When there's a family tradition, you don't question it." Tradition may have in- fluenced him to follow the family occupation, but it doesn't stop Mr. Koch from modernizing and keeping up with the latest growing techniques. "A greenhouse is a fac- tory." he said. "The romantic aspect of growing flowers is out. "Now there's no green thumb to it and no luck. Growing is a science and you have to know what you're doing. You can't af- tord to be 90 per cent have to be right 100 per cent." Sixteen years ago, Mogens and Marianne Koch came to Langley and built an eight-by-15-foot plastic greenhouse. "We lost everything." Mr. Koch said "Next year we broke even. After that we went ahead." Now the Kochs have 26 greenhouses which cover square feet They are one of the major flower the perfect Laundry Pair READY-TO-USE WHEN YOU BUY! PORTABLE SPIN DRYING WASHER Built-in Water System' Compact' 29V x x Hook up to sink and start washing Wash, rinse spin dry a full load in minutes Turbo-action agitation gets clothes cleaner faster Use it everywhere...store it any- where Saves water saves time saves money Ultra high speed spin removes more water from the wash choice of colors BUY THE PAIR! PORTABLE ELECTRIC DRYER Uses 120V current! Compact' 24" x x Plug into standard electric outlet (15 amp minimum) Portable...rolls on wheels...no vent- ing required Ideal with Hoover Spin-Drying Washer...gets clothes dry faster Use it everywhere...store it anywhere 3 separate cycles regular...wash 'n wear...fluff tumble Automatic cool down period Up to 135 minutes drying time Cempliti no chirp liUnr a SZO stand or a can optwr- knifasharpoNr. Hoover- FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 3rt An. S. Plow 327-6070 "Appliance Problem? growers in the Fraser Valley, with 10 to 15 "crops" that go out to florist shops in B.C. every day. One of these crops is Mr. Koch's specialty, orchids. "There's a kind of mysti- que about growing orchids It's supposed to be a little like black magic. Here, we treat them like everything else. Every flower variety gets the same nutritional it doesn't like it. we get rid of it. "My father sent me orchid plants just to try them and we treated them kind of like a stepchild. We fitted them in but didn't take them seriously. And they thrived. My orchids are three years ahead of my father's and they're bulging with blooms. "You can't stick to old ways any more. Things have changed so much. We know so much more even than 10 to 15 years ago. "I started to break away from family tradition when I was about 20. I studied agriculture in Copenhagen and began to do things my way. It's still trial and error, but you need the courage to try something new. Rose control In the rose house, the air is warm and humid and pleasant with the characteristic smell of mould. The roses are regimented in rows and controlled by wires to keep them growing straight up. Mr. Koch said roses grow in an eight-week cycle. In summer, when there are many showers, thejoare pruned right back to prevent them growing to the roof. The balanced food and water supply flows regularly to roots and the automatic venting takes away the risk of temperature changes that might slow down growth or damage plants. In the begonia house is the blackcloth, a huge black shrud that eescends on the plants and deceives them into blooming in the summer. "This way we can make them bloom any time we want." said Mr. Koch. "Begonias need 12 hours of night to bloom, so in summer we use the blackcloth." In the gloxinia house, fine spaghetti tubes carry the balanced food supply to each potted plant, like intravenous feeding. He said fuel prices will force them to take a hard look at what they are grow- ing. "We'll have to let peo- ple in other countries do what they do better. We'll have to specialize." 9s the beauty of working clirectly for food, not cash' ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) Out here in the heartland there's a saying that God quit making land some time back If any turns up these days, it's 10 to 1 someone fed up with food prices will turn it into a tomato, spring onion or carrot patch. Kalhy Glawe has two vegetable gardens in the backyard of her home 'n this Des Moines suburb. She's proud to' point out the blooming seeds that will end up on a summer dinner table, but quicker to note: "We were going to ex- pand, but there just isn't any land to rent. Everybody has the same idea." Well, maybe not everybody. But the home- gardening fad, which pop- ped up during last year's food-price pinch, is sweep- ing the country. And ag- riculture agents, seed manufacturers and hardware-store operators estimate there are 20-to 30- million new gardeners in the U.S. this year. Joel Ross might be call- ed an urban farmer The 24-yearold medical researcher is toiling over a garden in the Bronx section of New York City. "It's the beauty of the whole thing. It's fantastic to work directly for your food and not to work for money." he said of his earth work amid the concrete and noise of the country's largest city. But Elbndge Freeman, representative of the H. G. Hastings Co.. a major nursery in Atlanta. Ga.. says most vegetable-seed shoppers "in our garden centres are either the older retired people, or the young long-hairs, the in- telligent the hip- pies "It's pretty obvious that the older ones are a little frightened about rising prices, but the younger ones are just concerned. We're selling more garden seed this year than before." Ed May. president of the Earl May Seed and Nursery Co. of Shenan- doah. Iowa, savs his firm "like all seed companies in the country, is seeing the largest volume of sales in our history. We're up 80 per cent in garden-seed sales. Our problem is try- ing to keep up with demand." May says to invested in vegetable seed for a 10-foot-by-20-foot garden "will save you or more in a grocery store." Several Indiana cities offer garden plots to the public. Indianapolis, for in- stance, will rent a 20-by 20- foot plot for and the Married Students Council at Indiana University rents 300 18-by 18-foot plots to married couples for "S3 a year. A visitor to Hardie's Seed Shop in an affluent section of Dallas. Tex., could barely find a parking lot and watched dozens of people load their cars with gardening items DAViS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) We Pay the Highest Prices for HIDES-SCRAP ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS Dhriskm ot Dans Industries Ltd. Dealers in New Structural Steel, Angles, Flats and Pipes (Wholesale Prices) Both Businesses Located at 1505 2nd Ave. Lethbndge Phone 327-4035 or 327-6261 ;