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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, May 29, 1973 THE HCRAIO Put a little bit of B.C. around the carport: Flower baskets thrive with attention By A. R. BUCKLEY Agriculture Canada 'Plant Research Station, Ottawa Festoons of flowers hanging carport rafters or from light poets bring vis- ions of Victoria, B.C., and seem only possible in that mild, cool climate. However, there are many plants that will perform this function in other parts of Can- ada, in shade or full sun, pro- vided attention is paid to the of the bas'cet and the cultivation of the plants in it. The outdoor patio, breeze- way, driveway lamp stand- ards, and carport can all be embe'iished with hanging bas- kets. Often the only ways to dec- orate a service station is this form of plant decor and window boxes. The first consideration is the basket. Garden supply houses or scjxlsmen usually carry a line of ready-made baskets of wire or molded polyethylene plastL-. You can make on 2 from wire nailing or number 12- guagc wire. If the baskets are custom-built you should attach a metal dishpan to the bottom in order to catch water and pre- vent dripping. Some lining is necessary to keep the soil from washing out. With ready-made baskets you can use a poly- etJiyl.n; plastic as a lining at the bsttem. Ts': r dried coarse sphagnum mofs and mold it into the shape of a bird's nest. If po'ycthyl-sne is to keep hi mo'sture or to pr-r.T-it dripping, fit it around inside the moss. Now you are ready for the soil. The mixture should consist of two parts good soil, one part sand, and one part peat mass. To each bushel of this mixture add a tablespoon of a com mer- eial fe tilizer such as U-2-8. Pij-iit'.ng of the bnske'.s may be dons, ss soon as the weath- er is warm enough outside. When the lower half of the bas- ket been lined wi.h moss and filled with sail, push a few plants to grow out from the sides. Fiirsh fill- ing the compost to one inch from the top. The rim of the basket may be made high- er by mixing one part clay soil and cm? part straw and mixing this with water to form a ce- e material. Spread this awtt'-d the rim. After planting, stand the plants in the shade or in the basement for a day or so until they bscome established. Give attention to watering all summrr. since soil in a basket out very quickly. If the is in a place where the drainage drip might causa an- noysnce, water at night. Liruid fertilizer should be ap- plied every two or three weaks in th" form of 20-20-20 or simi- lar fertilizer at libe rate of 2 teasowns to a gallon of water. PLANTS FOR THE SHADE Strawberry geranium, trades- eantia. Kenilworth ivy, achi- menes. philodendrons, trailing tuberous begonias, colunureas, patience plants cup-and-saucer vine, glory vine (Eccremorcar- pus black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbargia Eng- lish ivy, creeping Jenny and ivy-leaved geranium all do well in a F-hady place. PLANTS FOR THE SUN Almost any pendulous plants will succeed wliare they get the full sunshine. The following are good examples: hanging bell- flower (Canipanaul Sapphire lobelia i; variegated ground-ivy; balcony, avalanche and cascade types of petunia; nasturtiums; Ian tana; Bijou dwarf sweet peas; Royal En- sign dwarf mornong glory; Ger- msn ivy; creeping zinnia (San- vitalia canary bird vine and pendulous, succulent plants such as .little pickles (Othonna capensis) and the Morgan sed- um (Sedum Some of these plants must be brought inside for the winter if you wish to keep them from year to year. easiest ones to give you a quick start are nasturtiums, dwarf sweet peas, dwarf morning glory vine and creeping zinnia. The seeds of these plan-ts may be sown dir- ectly in the basket at the be- ginning of May. Plants in hanging baskets do not neet to be just those that hacg down. You can also use upright plants. By varying com- binaliocs and changing plants from year to year, you can de- velop this project into an inter- esting hobby. Alberta Home Insulation Co. 324 14th St. 5. P. A. Ross Phone 327-6386 We specialize in insulating older existing builcli, gs and homes. Serving Southern Alberta and B.C for 25 Years How Would You Like To Buy A Like new, fully equipped including fibreglas front and rear and shag carpeting. Go On A Savings Spree Go TOYOTA BRAND NEW 4 cylinder engine, 110 h.p. teamed with a 4 speed transmission. Standard features in- clude: heater, defroster, AM-FM radio, tach- ometer, rodia! tires, etc. OMI Y Made to fit any domestic half ton BRAND NEW 1973 2-door, 4 Many no cost standard options that are extra cost on domestic automobiles I-I Bank Financing Arranged PAYMENTS AS LOW AS With No Down Payment Q.A.C, Largest stock of Skylark trailers, campers and empress motor in Southern Alberta Over 40 new Toyota can and trucks to from TRADES WANTED COUTTS HIGHWAY OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 9 P.M. PHONE ;