Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, 28, 1974 HOME OF THE WEEK Water wlMly, Too-dry plant, loo-nat and 'H -The Herald At Home Watei deeply whenever you water 1 of water wets only top 4" of most soils' Using wjnd prevents wash-out WATERING HOME-0-GRAPH HOME PLANNING SERVICE I 40 Jarvie St., Toronto, Ontario M5C 2H1 x D I enclose S1 (plus 25c for handling) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 1 (homes up to sq ft) D I enclose S1 (plus 25c for handling) for 'Home Designs for -j: Canadians' Book 2 (larger homes, vacation homes) D Please send free brochure showing sample "Home of the Week" designs and other design books available D Please send an order form so I may order building plans for design No shown above NAME ADDRESS (Please Print) LETH Carpentry Corner Giving fate helping hand Use water above SOT for recently moved plants to avoid chtll that can shut off movement up the stem. Protect ne.v transplants from sun wind that would dry them Out before they can root into moist soil bolouv. Keep foliage dry fo avoid spreading teat diseases a "root Plunge pot pUm until bubbles stop. Try minigardens DESIGN R3-509 ,620 Sq. Ft. The contemporary ranch .style house illustrated has all the room a growing family needs and some to spare. Including the carport, the design has a frontage of 46 "eet and will fit comfortably on a 60-foot lot. The design includes a step saving kitchen adjoining the "amily room where a busy homemaker can watch small children while at work. Focal point of the plan is the elegant living room. It has an open beam cathedral ceiling and a fireplace flanked by built-in bookshelves. There are three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms. One of them is between the master bedroom and the kitchen and there is an entrance from each of these rooms. Light floods into the living room from the floor to ceiling windows, making it particularly cheerful in the winter months. Extra storage space is provided in the carport. The protected rear porch is accessible from both the family room and master bedroom. Plans for Design R3-509 cost for the first set, each additional set and are supplied by return mail. Two new books "Home Designs for Canadians" are available for each by mail (see coupon Book 1 presents designs for homes up to 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. If you have a basket, pail, windowbox, redwood tub or similar, suitable planter, you can have a mini vegetable garden. You can even go organic if you like. Minigardens can be placed anywhere there is a day's worth of sun, water available and a bit of room to grow. Patios, terraces, windowsills, balcony, even doorsteps are likely spots. First step, the container. Plastic or clay pot, old pail, wooden box, hanging basket.. anything that can hold soil will do. Size and number of containers can vary with your space and what you want to do. KEN HURLBURT ON INFLATION The Progressive Conservative Party has a challenge a challenge to control inflation. Under the Trudeau government, we have seen the chaotic effects of excess profits and unreasonable wage increases and recent figures indicate the highest cost of living increase in two decades. Everywhere we turn we see prices rising and hard-working Canadians are finding it difficult to make ends meet. We all feel the adverse effects of inflation, but pensioners and others on fixed incomes are actually experiencing a threat to their lifestyles. Liberal programs to combat inflation are not working. A Progressive Conservative government is prepared to initiate controls aimed at positive stabilization of our rapidly growing economy. REELECT HURLBURT, Ken X Lethbridge Constituency Bert Margrave, Medicine Hat Jack Homer. Crowfoot Now think about the plants. Radishes, onions, miniature tomatoes like Tiny Tim or Pixie, all can be grown successfully in 10 inch pots. Plan for drainage. Gravel in the bottom of the container is helpful, even if you have drainage holes in the bottom. Most plants can't stand soggy bottoms. Mix or buy your soil. A combination of one part humus, one part topsoil, one part peat moss is good. However, you can even use a mix of peat moss, vermiculite and feed it with fertilizer to sustain plant growth. Lettuce grows fast and well in a windowbox, without much sunlight or heat since it is a cool weather crop. Several pots of radishes, parsley, I chives, bunching onions, beets i make a good combination for tasty eating. Regular fertilizing is vital when plants are grown in restricted space. Plan to apply one level teaspoon of 5- 10-5 per square foot of soil and water thoroughly. Our "Practical Book of Organic Gardening" even points out how to grow rhubarb and other tasty crops in boxes and tubs. Wherever you live, there's bound to be some space for a minigarden. Try your hand at one. It's fun and tasty too. Those who recognize that problems provide some of life's greatest opportunities will find a new book, entitled "Forms, Footings, Foundation and of special interest. As new house construction and the home improvement business nudges the industry out of No 1 place, the need for experienced craftsmen has never been greater. While learning a high salaried trade at home may seem a novel way of starting a new business career, the potential is enormous. In over 160 pages and 236 illustrations, the book explains every step of construction, from selecting a site, digging footing trenches, building footing forms, running sewer, water and electrical lines, laying concrete block foundation walls to erecting foundation forms. Every step is clearly explained and profusely illustrated. As the price and scarcity of certain needed materials slows construction of housing in sufficient numbers to satisfy a growing population, economists expect existing housing units to double in value during the next five to ten years. Protecting your home by updating improvements and making necessary repairs not only provides experience in the building trades but also insures a Capital Gains come the day you decide to sell. To overcome the many obstacles that exist when newcomers seek to get into a tightly controlled industry, the author suggests learning the building trades while doing work on your own home. This can be a major project such as building an addition containing one or more bedrooms and a bath, or waterproofing a basement. No matter where you start, each job only requires time, direction, tools and effort. All construction follows basic steps everyone can learn. With unlimited demand for experienced craftsmen, anyone who learns can soon develop a part or full time business without a capital investment. Those who consider buying a prefab home can save 10% to 207o in overall costs by preparing the site and putting footings, service lines and foundation. Total savings can be considerable. And again, what you learn to do to solve your own problem can be done for others. Send in cheque or money order for Book No. 697 to Lethbridge Herald, P.O. Box 4090, Postal Station Toronto, Ontario M5W 1M9. Send additional for catalogue illustrating 300 other build it yourself projects and home improvement ideas. Your garden By IsateHeR. Young, FJULS. INSERTED 8V THE. HURL8URT CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CONSERVE MOISTURE WITH PEAT In the Lethbridge area where the weather gets very hot and dry at times during the summer months, a person should try to find ways and means of conserving j moisture. In Calgary, the temperatures have been very high for the past two weeks or so. with very little rain (if any) with the result the gardens are drying out almost as fast as one waters. Perennials, annuals, etc. can be helped along at this time of the year by spreading a mulch of some sort over the root area. Some people use bark chips, peat moss, lawn clipping, compost, etc. The main benefit from mulches is to conserve moisture and prevent it from evaporating too quickly from the soil. I have used lawn mowings and found them to be quite satisfactory. In the early pan of the season this is fine, but once there is a possibility of seeds being present or later. when weed killers have been applied, it is best not to use the clippings. I would like to comment a little on the value of peat. Peat is an excellent soil conditioner and while it won't feed your plants, it will make them grow better. As a mulch. 1 find this material very useful. I have just finished applying some cm my rose bed. First. I got rid of all the weeds and then cultivated carefully around the bushes. I thoroughly soaked the roses and then covered the ground with peat. This most first be moistened, and the easiest way I found was to use a large tub or wheelbarrow and add warm water, which is more easily absorbed than cold. Some people say they don't like using the peat moss because it cakes but I have never found this to be so. I keep it watered sufficiently to retain a reasonable dampness. Not only does it help to conserve moisture, but it does help to cut down on the dreaded "black spot" disease. This fungus disease winters over on infected stems, fallen leaves or in the ground. Trees benefit from a good mulching, especially newly planted ones, as it sometimes takes a year or more before the tree is properly rooted, and a dry summer during that time can do damage unless the roots are kept properly moistened. If you have to be away for any length of time, thoroughly soak the tree and apply a thick mulch of peat. I was asked the other day how I grew such good rhubarb. This hardy perennial is quite delicious and actually quite easy to grow. While the tops die down each winter, the roots persist from year to year. If you are to produce long, strong stems the plants do require a deep, fertile soil that has been liberally manured and where good drainage is present. If possible, rhubarb should be planted out in full sun. and in any case, should not be shaded during the spring. Later on in the year, a little shade will not do too much harm. Forking manure the crowns provides the basic foods from which the crowns can build up their strength. Here again, a good mulch of compost, straw or peat during the summer will be beneficial. If you are unable to obtain manure (you can obtain it packaged from some of the nursery outlets) you could use a fish fertilizer. In time, rhubarb crowns become worn out after they have been planted for some years. They should be lifted, discarding the worn out centre part and using the outside portions with strong buds. Plant the young buds in a well prepared spot. It is not a good idea to pull any stalks the first year and only a few the second, and none at all unless the plant has made very good growth. The stems should not be cut off but should be taken off by pulling to one side. Never strip the plant of all its stalks and stop pulling as soon as the stems begin to get smaller. In any long enough, (some time in for the plant to start building up food reserves for next year. Soviets protest MOSCOW Renter) The Soviet Union has delivered a new protest to China, in terms indicating a serious worsening in relations, over Peking's continued detainment of a Soviel helicopter crew. The Soviet statement, pre- sented by Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Kuznetsov to the Chinese charge d'affaires. Ma Le, called Uie Chinese stand "profoundly un- Tass news agency said.