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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, November 29, 1974 Your Garden Gifts for green thumbs HOME OF THE WEEK By ISABELLE R. YOUNG FRHS It's beginning to look more like Christmas with the recent jnow that blanketed our area Some of the stores had decorations up before the end of October and there are putting up Christ- mas trees this Saturday I think that is rushing the season somewhat, but like everything else, I guess we have to go along with it This week I would like to give you some ideas of Christmas gifts For those horticulturally minded, there are many things one could purchase Carpentry Corner Decoration includes ornaments, bright lights This novel outdoor Christ- mas decoration extends a colorful greeting to all who pass by day or night Evergreens Christmas or- naments, outdoor lights and perforated hardboard letters combine to make this a gay salute to a festive season The full size pattern offered below simplifies cutting the big letters from hardboard It also positions lights and or- naments to insure professional results Measuring approximately 26 high by 50' wide, the letters are traced from full size pattern then cut out with a coping or jig saw and fasten- ed to a frame exactly as step by step directions suggest While the pattern recommends using strings of outdoor lights intertwined with sprigs of evergreen and Christmas ornaments, an equally striking effect can be achieved by flood lighting the Noel Greeting at night Anyone who follows simple directions can build this decoration in little time The hardboard and other materials can usually be retrieved from last year's decorations Since lights, or- naments and evergreens are fastened to letters with soft copper wire, the most impor- tant tool you'll need, outside of a coping saw, is a good pair of pliers Send 85 in cheque or money order for Noel Christ- mas Greeting, Pattern No 531 to Lethbridge Herald PO Box 4090, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1M9 Send 85 additional for catalogue il- lustrating 300 other build it yourself pattern projects and home improvement books There are quite a number of people who have greenhouses and if you have a heated sun porch or even a good window- sill, you might consider any of these Some of the hormone rooting compounds for starting extra cuttings Smoke fumigators that get rid of many pests in the greenhouse It will soon be time to start planting some of the seeds and for the young seedlings, Transplantone is excellent, reducing the possibility of plants dying off When prick- ing out there is nothing better than a dibber for making holes to drop the young plants into There are ready mixed com- posts which are ideal for starting seeds or pricking out Everyone uses gloves and these come in different sizes, colors and materials to suit in- dividual needs A good mixed selection of vegetable or flower seeds would be most welcome For children who like to garden, there are even special packets for them There is always someone that can use a watering can, one with a fine "rose" spray A great many of them have holes that are too large for "baby" plants For identify- ing your plants there are wood, metal or plastic labels, and to go with those are the waterproof pencils These may be used outdoors or even indoors on special plants, because in time, with or- dinary pencils the writing seems to fade away If you have tall plants, there are twistems or other similar ties usually green covered, that have no end of uses indoors and out Pots of all kinds are most welcome These may be fancy pottery, clay, plastic, fibre or even peat If your friends have trouble with overwatenng plants why not try "Water Genie" which automatically gives the soil the right amount of moistire by inserting the special tip in the soil and the other end in a container of water For outdoors there is a variety of excellent lawn sprinklers, some quite inex- pensive and for a new home owner this could be just the thing Any of the garden tools such as a rake, hoe, spade or fertilizer spreader are other suggestions for those just starting out Shears hedge, lawn, long handled ones for pruning trees, are almost a necessity Flower care and other preparations prolonging the life of flowers is always nice Books, of course, always popular There those on rose growing, rock gardens, annuals and peren- nials One that includes all these subjects and many many more is "Better Ways To Successful Gardening" in western Canada, published by the Albertan, 830 10th Ave S W. Calgary. Your garden colum- nist is co-author of this book, which is now in its 2nd prin- ting, and is available from the Lethbridge Herald and most stores in Calgary and elsewhere Mini greenhouses for indoor use are always popular They may be used for starting seeds and also used for slow grow- ing or difficult plants. Small containers of fertilizer is another suggestion and if you are really puzzled as to what to give why not a gift coupon from some of the gar- dening outlets9 70'-0" DESIGN R3-14I Sq. Ft. The house illustrated is in the modern ranch style, made to order for living in the seventies Note how separa- tion of the generous living and dining area is achieved by the massive corner fireplace with its slate hearth If desired, the fireplace could even be of the end opening type that could be enjoyed as much from the din- ing as from the living room The design is nicely balanc- ed in its front view with the set back two car garage complementing the bedroom wing at the opposite end of the house Large matching front windows allow plenty of natural light to the living room and one bedroom High corner windows in the other bedrooms allow for easy fur- niture placement -The Herald At Home Here's two good reasons to buy before December 7th. Free Bonus Offer! Buy a T'NT or Olympique '75 before Saturday, December 7th, 1974 and you get a speedometer and tachometer free We'll even install them free1 Olympique 75 It's as reliable as ever but more exciting With a new high-torque, high-output twin cylinder engine m the Olympique 300. The 340 has a new "Torque Reaction" slide suspension Both have Tornado Cooling with many advantages of a water cooled engine. At much lower cost to you! T'NT It's the Fan Cooled super sled. With fast and reliable Rolax twin cylinder engines. 4-way adjustable slide rail suspension, and tough, lightweight aluminum and <-tee! frame It's the sled for the kind of rider who gets off on performance. skidoo As long as there's winter. PLANT DANGEROUS DIGBY, NS (CP) A weed dangerous to both humans ana cattle when eaten has been discovered in western Nova Scotia Bruce Gilhatt, county agricultural representative, identified the plant as Jimson weed, also known as Jamestown weed and thornapple He said it also causes skin eruptions if touched 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 O I enclose 50 (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for Home ;X Designs for Canadians Book 2 2nd Edition D Please send free brochure showing sample Home of the Week designs and other design books available D Please send an order form so that I may order building plans for the design shown above NAME ADDRESS (Please Print) LETH loucnea Careful measuring makes for high-quality results The material for the project is first class, you have the proper hardware, your tools are good and you know how to use them and yet the pro- ject is unmistakably a do it yourself job Everyone can tell Shelves are not level Installations are not plumb Cuts are not square Holes are slightly off center Sloppy measurements will result in sloppy work Measur- ing tools are as important as any others They are less ex- pensive than most and last a lot longer Learn to use them One rule to remember measure everything twice Measure it again if you are the least bit in doubt Use the right tool A wooden yardstick with the name of a hardware store or lumber dealer on it isn't much good except for rough measurements Yardsticks warp and get damaged easily The ends wear out A folding six or eight foot rule is only eight inches long when closed It is convenient and accurate The ends are tipped with brass so they won't wear down and become inaccurate To keep the rule from collapsing when open it is equipped with spring type locking joints Keep these joints oiled and clean Even more conveient is the flexible steel rule that winds up into a two inch case A hook at the end of the rule makes it easy to use Get one with a flat rather than round case, one that has a movable hook for inside and outside measuring For inside measurement just add the length of the case Usea metal scnber or a knife or a very sharp pencil to mark a line once it is deter- mined Dull pencils make lines so thin they aren't ac- curate Use a try square to check the squareness of a joint or a board The combination square is good for both 90 degree and 45 degree angles A sliding T bevel is a try square with an adjustable blade for angles from 0 to 180 degrees and is used with a protractor to get the proper angle If you are putting something up against a wall don't try to get a vertical line by measur- ing from one adjacent wall to the other Use a plumb bob, a weight hung by a string, to get a truly vertical line Other tools to consider calipers for measuring round objects Inside calipers measure the inside of a hole Outside calipers the outside of a round surface A divider or compass for marking small arcs and circles or measuring equal distances along a line A divider has two steel points A compass has a steel point and a pencil Don't try to draw a long line Use a chalk line A piece of string rubbed with blue chalk is stretched between two points Lift it slightly and then snap it against the sur- face and you have a straight line Floor tile and wall tile will be set accurately if plac- ed against such a line (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Cats need little care Cats make wonderfully self sufficient pets who ask very little of their owners In fact, few household pets are so easy to look after Its simple needs can be readily met to keep any cat happy and contented First, no matter how much of a roamer she may be at BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd Avenue South, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA GARY'S MOTOR SPORTS Box 1075, TABER, ALBERTA. Phone 223-4212 KEN'S SPORTS MILK RIVER, ALBERTA Phone 647-3866 FOREMOST SHELL SERVICE FOREMOST, ALBERTA Phone 867-3522 USE KNIFE, SCRH3ER OR AVERV SHARP PENCIL FOR ACCURATE MARKING FOR MERflCAL LINES USE A PtUMB 603 USE CALIPEPS FOR MEASURING ROUND OBJECTS LONG ARE times, your cat will love to have a special bed of her own to come home to This can be an elaborate basket or a cut down cardboard box She'll not be too fussy, so long as her bed is lined with a clean soft blanket or cushion Slightly raising the bed will avoid draughts and prevent your pet catching cold Place the bed IR a quiet part of the house, preferably where it is warm and dark Ask your local pet supplier for a scratching post or make one yourself of a block of wood covered with coarse canvas This is a good investment, as it will prevent vour cat's natural instinct to strop her claws on furniture or rugs Provide her with some sim- ple toys and she will not be tempted to get into mischief A small ball, empty thread spools, pieces of string and rubber mice are little items she'll like having to play wiUi from time to time The cleanest of animals in manv ways, your cat still needs help from you in her grooming ;