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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, November 1, 1974 HOME OF THE WEEK Your Garden Winter time for indoor garden DESIGN SF3-640 Sq. Ft. Entry Upper A split foyer design allows a house to be raised several feet out of the ground. This not only reduces excavation costs but allows basement windows to be large enough that base- ment rooms can provide useful living space, even bedrooms or complete living quarters in most planning jurisdictions. The design is particularly attractive in areas of high ground water levels where a full depth basement can be difficult to keep dry. A large entrance hall with guest closet has direct access to both front and back yards and the garage. The simple, uncluttered ex- terior design lends itself to many possible finishes, including the one illustrated, a combination of brick veneer and horizontal siding The design is suitable for any type of heating and its simple rectangular floor plan and gable roofs mean economical construction. By ISABELLE R. YOUNG F.R.H.S. Now that outdoor gardening is practically over for another season, perhaps we can'turn our thoughts to indoor garden- ing and some of the unusual house plants. The Bromeliad is a fascinating family of tropical and sub tropical plants. They are well suited to the modern home, growing satisfactorily in the darker areas and withstand dry con- ditions better than some kinds. These carefree plants are also one of the most pop- uiai for use in offices and lob- bies of public buildings because of the fact they re- quire so little care. Many of them are epiphytes that is they live naturally on rocks or trees, and others are terrestials those requiring soil for culture. The root system of most serves primarily as a means of at- tachment to a support. Bromeliad grow well in pots if provided with a suitable medium such as one part sphagnum moss, one part peat moss, one half part broken clay pots and a little charcoal. Or you could use one part loam, two parts peat moss and one part coarse sand with the addition of some charcoal. HOME-0-GRAPH HOME PLANNING SERVICE 40 Jarvis St., Toronto, Ontario M5C 2H1 D I enclose S1 50 (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 1 2nd Edition D I enclose SI.50 (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 2 2nd Edition C Please send free brochure showing sample "Home of the Week" designs and other design books available. n Please send an order form so that I may order building plans for the design shown above NAME ADDRESS (Please Print) LETH GARAGE: DESIGN SF3-640 1380 SQ. FT. the drainage that is necessary for proper growth. Let dry out between waterings. Bromeliads can stand much abuse and if supplied with food and water they can grow even without roots. Nutrients are supplied through the cuplike centre. Do not over fertilize these plants. Better too little than too much. Some growers recommend no fer- tilizing. There are many beautiful varieties of the Bromeliad, with their very colorful, eye catching, decorative leaves and bracts. There are also many sizes from small to medium and large to suit every requirement. Some have rosettes of leaves and others form tubular vases of foliage. These beautiful plants may be propagated by taking young plants from the base of the mature specimen, making certain a good root system has formed before separating from the mother plant. A very exotic plant belong- ing to the Bromeliad family is Aechmea fasciata. This grows quite well in the modern home provided you keep the "vase" in the centre of the rosette of leaves filled with tepid water, changing it once a week. A lit- tle weak, liquid fertilizer may be given in the summer. A good potting mixture, as recommended above, may be used. Usually a five inch pot is quite adequate. Make sure you never overwater this plant, especially during the winter. The foliage of this par- ticular variety, sometimes known as the "Urn Plant" is broad, thick, pale grey with silver bands running crosswise. Flowers will last for several months under cool conditions. When the flowers fade, off shoots appear at the base of the plant, which may- be used to start new plants. Other interesting varieties include Queen's Tears (Bilbergia nutans) which has long, narrow, serrated pale green leaves with a hint of pink and the pendulous flowers are a cerise pink with markings of blue, green and yellow, making it a most decorative plant. Painted Feather or Flaming Sword Plant (Vriesia splendens) has very colorful flowers which emerge from the flame-red bract. This specimen is quite suitable in a north exposure. The leaves may be pale or dark green with markings of brown, all of rosette form. They are also ideal plants for room dividers. The Zebra Plant (Cryptanthus zonatus zebrinus) is a very un- demanding plant, withstanding drought for months. This is a starfish in shape, growing 9 inches across, with wavy, brown green resetted leaves with silver markings. A lovely, decorative plant for dish gar- dens or terrariums. These are only some of the many beautiful species available. A good point to remember is these plants are not bothered by insects. Carpentry corner Do-it-yourself reindeer still a Christmas favorite Among Canada's perennial favorite Christmas decorations is this do-it- yourself Reindeer. Any number of Reindeer can be made from one full size pattern. The legs are bolted to the body and can be raised or lowered to indicate the exact motion desired. We also have two other full size patterns. A sleigh No. 434 and Santa No. 431. All three patterns are easy to cut out and paint as they are full size and contain paint guides. Everyone who follows the procedure outlined can make them like a Get started today. Send in cheque or money order for each pattern No. 433 Reindeer, 40 in. Santa Claus pattern No. 431, Sleigh pattern No. 434. If you know anyone needing a part time business opportunity, give them a catalogue for Christmas. If offers hundreds of ways a person can build projects for resale Send cheque or money order to P.O. Box 4090, Postal Sta- tion A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1M9, Lethbridge Herald. For an additional you can get a catalogue illustrating more than 300 other pattern pro- jects and home improvement ideas. When the first snow comes, be on it! Make sure you get all the fun of winter, this year. Bring your sled in now for a Pre-Snow Check- up. Our expert snowmobile mechanics have the time this fall to get your machine ready to face this winter. All of it. Let us check these important points: Plaster., patience best mixture to fix damaged, cracked walls Transmission: Drive Driven Pulleys Drive Belt Cham case Gear Box Fuel System: Carburetor Filter Gas Lines Gas Tank Suspension: Track Tension Alignment Bogies Slides Rear Axle 2 Spark Plucs in a Shock-Proof. Dust-Proof Plastic Engine: Tightness of: Cylinder Head Bolts Muffler Nuts Engine Mounts Electrical System: Leads Wires Al! light bulbs Batterj- Cables Ignition System: Timing Plugs Points Condenser Steering: r.e T- Ski Alignment Throttle Linkage Brake Cable Adjustment ski-doo As long as there's winter. Track Marks of Bombardier Limited Plaster walls can develop cracks for a number of reasons. A child bangs into the wall with a toy. The lack of a door-stop causes a door to open too far back and hit the wall. A piece of furniture may be shoved too close to the wall. Or nothing at all may happen and the cracks come anyway as the house settles. They happen in new homes as well as old. They don't indicate the house is falling down. They are unsightly, however, and if neglected become larger. It isn't difficult to repair plaster walls. The job re- quires patience, care and a few inexpensive tools. A plasterer's steel trowel may be needed when you get to filling large holes, but for most minor patching a putty knife will do A throw-away pie tin is great for mixing the plaster. Large cracks should be undercut so that they are wider at the bottom than at the surface There is a tool for this but you can make do with a small screwdriver or a beer can opener Hairline cracks and tmv nail holes can be repaired with a prepared spackling compound or special crack filler. This dries more slowly than plaster but it can be handled more easily and has good adhesion even when applied in very thin layers. Larger cracks and holes are repaired with patching plaster. Do not use plaster of Paris which dries too quickly and is difficult to work with. Even regular patching plaster sets fairly fast. Mix only what you think you can use in 15 or 20 minutes. All cracks and holes should be cleaned out of all dust and loose material. For a tiny crack or hole just make a generous application of spackling compound smeared over the hole and then smooth- ed out with a putty knife. If you work carefully you may not have to sand the patch. Larger cracks should be chipped out to make certain there is no loose material. Undercut the edges. This will keep the patch from pulling out. Wet the opening thoroughly, then apply the plaster. Deep holes and cracks should be filled part way, then allowed to dry. Then wet again and make the final application, sanding this to a smooth finish when it is dry When a big chunk of plaster has fallen out a little more work is required but the process is the same. Clean and undercut. Apply your patch only on sound material, even if you have to scrape right down to the bare lath. Wet the area and apply the plaster in layers. The first layer should be pressed firmly into the lath. Wet between applicaticns of additional layers. If you find no backing to the hole you will have to provide one. If the hole is large, make it a little larger until you find the wall studs. Then nail plasterboard to the studs for backing. If the hole is small, stuff loosely crumpled newspaper in it. It should be big enough to stay in place. Apply some globs of plaster so that they cover the paper and the edge of hole. When dry apply succeeding coats of plaster on this backing. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) CLEAN AND UNDER car HOLE OR WHEN DRY WETT4ND APPLY FINISH COAT Of PLASTER WET AND APpLt FJR5T COAT OF PLASTER LET DRY OVERNIGHT THEN SAND X J By Gene F? vcettc GPfNPOweft A NEW ELECTR CSENERA- TINS WINDMILL SYSTEM PRODUCES 2COO WATTS IM A J25-WPH WIND. HOWEVER, AM AUTCWVTC VARIABLE-PITCH AIRFOIL PROP STARTS IN ONLY AN 8- WP FREEZE... 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