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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Mdey, S.frt.mW 1971 THE UTHMIOOB HWAU) 27 HOME OF THE WEEK Plants thrive in apartments Clean tvalls before painting Brighten your basement there are bad stains, DESIGN R4-630 1510 Sq. Ft. All the needs of a targe fam- ily are met in this week's im- pressive home. Convenience and function are the keynotes. Efficient planning has en- abled the architect to design a home with four bedrooms com- pletely separate from the day- time active area, that is, the living-dining-kitchen portion of the house. The entry is slightly recessed I Homograf Home Planning Service 40 JARVIS ST., TORONTO, ONTARIO I enclose (plus 25 cents for handling ond moil- ingl lor Irie fourth edition of "Suburban and Country Homes" I enclose 50 cents (plus 15 cents for handling and mailing) for the book of duplex and multiple home designs. Please send free brochure ihowtng sample "Home of Ihe Week" designs ond other design books available. Please send an order form so trial I may order builder's plans for Ihe design shown above. ADDRESS point of interest with its large fireplace, bookcase opposite and handsome window wall. Corner furniture would fit ideal- ly on either side of the window. The master bedroom has twin closets, and its own three piece bathroom which does double duty by being directly accessi- ble also from the rear entry and basement. All other bed- rooms have extra large cup- boards. The home has a base- ment, so the ground floor is not crowded, and there is outside storage space in the shelter of the carport, which can be closed in to make a c'ouble garage, if so desired. The almost total brick exterior gives this home a feeling of solid elegance. (Copyright 1972. Torouto Star Syndicate) II you're a modern cliff dwel-r with an itchy green thumb t yourself go natural this ear. You can make your top-dp home blooming fun. Every kind of plant from pe-inias to pine trees are being rown successfully in contain-rs. They can be moved wherever you want them, indoors or ut to a balcony or sky-high atio. Best of all, organic gar-ening principles also can be ipplied to container plants any-vhere. Your containers should be trong, able to stand continual moisture, provided with ade-juate drainage to avoid soggy roots. Wooden boxes, barre lalves, redwood tubs, ceramic containers all can be utilized Container-grown plants tent a dry out faster than those in the ground. Han to water more frequently. Always place a lay er of pebbles, broken clay po pieces or gravel in the bollon of the planter to avoid we roots. Buy or mix your own planting material. It should be u sandy loam, porous and yel moisture-retentive. Adding leaf mold from humus or a peat compost mixture will usually provide the best condition. Because you will be watering more frequently, fertilizer ir your soil mixture may be or leached away. Regular op dressing with a compost mmus mulch helps restore ulrients. This helps prevent evapora-ion and also adds natural elements to the soil and mproves its structure. To maintain fertility, however, use regular applications of liquid nutrients, preferably from na-ural combination fertilizers. The are now widely available. A list of organic fertilizer suppliers is contained in the new Dook, "The Practical Book ol Organic by Sheila and Allan Swenson (Award Books) due this summer. Check lor insects on and under plant leaves periodically For a few plants, wash away the pests aint will make your basement bright and attractive at mall expense and make it an area where the family will want to work and play. Basement painting Is no more difficult than painting other rooms of the house. Just remember you are paint ing over masonry which ma; call for a different kind of. pain and preparation. As for any painting, the wall must be clean and it must be free from defects. Paint on a basement wall 1 used for more than just appearance. It also can mak a basement drier. Special mailer. A stiff brush nd water usually will do Old coatings that are flaking chosen 'or head office Harry Van Duyvendyk of Dutch Growers Garden CenUre Ltd., Saskatoon, Sask., and President of the Canadian Nursery Trades Association has announced the appointment of iryan F. Sutton as executive vice-president of that associa-ion, along with a statement that the association had chosen Ottawa as a permanent site for its head office. The office was established at 1568 Carting Avenue in Ottawa on August 1, 1972 and Mr. Button's appointmen was effective from that Never apply paint to looso material. New masonry presents problem called This is a powdery coat-ng that must be scrubbed off. 'ou can buy special masonry onditioners that can prevent TO problem. If you find mildew on tha wall, scrub it off with a solu-ion of household bleach and water. Rinse with clear water ond repeat if necessary. Paints for masonry must be alkali proof and also must be jermeable so that a slight imount of moisture can breathe through. Otherwise the paint will peel. This rules out most oil paints. But acceptable are the water-Ihinned latex paints and there are many types of dry Portland cement paints which are mixed with water before using. With the latter, mix only what you can use In a short time. Read instructions carefully. A wet surface is often called Jor with the cement paint. Use special floor paints for the basement floor, mads to withstand abrasion. {Newspaper Enterprise, Assn.) friction tape When a caster In a meta socket in a furniture leg is to loose, remove it, wrap it wit friction tape and replace coatings will halt sligh seepage and moisture. Any ma jor leaks must be repaired an waterproofing for any fount dation, to be foolproof, must done on the outside. Sound wsils should be stir varnish Do not stir varnish just before using. It creates bubbles that may show up on the sur face being hands Rubber gloves should be wo when working with cerlau paint and varnish YOUR GARDEN By Isobelle R. Young, F.R.H.S. P01NSETTIAS rpHIS MAY not seem to be lj- the time to be talking about Christmas plants, but some people have trouble get- ting the Poinsettia to bloom again. A little information at this time might be in order. You probably have had your plant out in the garden all summer. With some of the newer varieties, they seem to bloom for months. However, after the flowering period has finished they should be put in a cool basement and given prac- tically no water. It Is some time in June, when all frosts are over, that Ihcy may be put out in the garden. If, by the end of Augusl, it has startec growing, pinch off the ends ol the branches to make the plant branch out. Bring indoors when the first frost is forecast anc keeg in a temperature of arounc 65 degrees F. (no lower thai 60 degrees giving lots o light. It might, at this time, be an idea to repot, using a mix ture of 3 parts loam, 1 par' :oarse sand and 1 part peat I to Christmas as possible. Start- achedule of watering, feeding and the proper temperature to avoid leaf-drop. Fertilize about once every two weeks as soon as the plants become establish- ed. If fertiliser was added to ;he compost, about once a month should be sufficient. Many plants need certain lengths of day and night in order to set flower buds. Poin- seftlas normally set their flower buds when night and day are of about equal length. The idea is to get these plants flowering as close to Christmas as is pos- sible. Ordinarily, after October 1st, no extra light is given. Under these conditions, flower- ing takes place some lime in November, unless you are for- tunate and blooming takes place around Christmas. With tests and experiments that have been carried out, you could try some- tiling that could give you bloom, as I mentioned above, as close etc. New book helps in Concrete work A new book entitled Concrete Work Simplified explains how to mix and use concrete for al- most every type of repair and Improvement. It tells how to lay footings, a garage, tool house or basement floor; bvild concrete block foundation walls, steps, a patio, etc. It also tells how to install an out- side entry door through a con- crete block basement wall. Ev- erything the homeowner needs to know about concrete work and the tools required is ex- plained in stop-by-step direc- tions accompanied by many Il- lustrations. Large, clear, step-by-step Il- lustrations take you from the most elementary concrete work to more artistic projects, like making designs in the concrete Random shaped concrete makes an ideal indoor or outdoor floor The book also tells you how o edd color to a concrete walk or patio. These same color pow- ders can be used in casting dec- orative concrete blocks. Decor- ative blocks permit air and light to provide c'ecoration and ventilation while serving a functional purpose as room div- iders, partitions, fence or plant box. light by suspending a 60W. bulb about 30 inches above the plant, continuing with this until the end of September. By extra ar- tificial light, I mean your plant, during the day, has been receiving natural light. When you turn on your electricity at night, it is at this time you give your plant the two hours artificial light. From the end of September to October 15, give three additional hours of light, the same way you gave the two hours. After this, give no artificial light as this Is the time when the buds are form- ing. Before you turn your lights on at night, put your plant away in a dark place. It must be completely because Ptv-- settias are very, very sensi- tive to light, whether it be trom car, flashlight, street light, Another plant many have trouble to get into bloom is the Christmas Cactus. When actively growing, it should be given lots of water and sun. From about mid-Octohe.- to mid-November give 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness, using a black cloth or piece of black plastic. Also keep a little on the dry side. This will help to set the buds. What- ever time you pick, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. etc. make sure the plant is in complete darkness. Another method you might try is to put the plant in a cool, dark place, watering seldom, from about the end of August to the middle of October, then bring up inlo tho light and warmth of greenhouse or room in the house, increasing the watering. Fertilize about twice a month when active growth starts. Mr. W. On my cotoneaster, I have some very tiny, almost black insects that are eating the leaves. What are these and what can I do to jyt rid of them? Ans. These are "pear slugs" that are found on coto- neaster, mountain ash, cherry and plum, usually around the end of Augusl. They only eat flic green part of the leaf, caus- ing the rest to turn brown. Spray with malathion, 2 thsps. A section of this how to bock deals with pro-mixed concrete which only requires adding water. It is Ideal for setting posts and making repairs. Send cheque or money order for book Simplifies Con- crete Work, Book No. 617 to Carpentry Dept., Tho Lcth- bridgc Herald, P.O. 4080, Postal Station "A" Torodo Ontario. (Copyright 1972. Toronto Star Syndicate) to 1 gallon of water. NOTE: All questions should be sent with self addressed- stamDort. envelope to Mrs. I. n." Yonng, 3620 Centre B. St. N.W., Calgary 43. Due to the number of letters asking more than one question it is requested In frrtnre enquiries that only ONE qncstion be submitted each time as it is fmprjsslhlo Mrs, Young to reply lo all correspondence and rio hor practical garden- Ing as well. Ski-Doo snowmobiles make your 1973 winter a beautiful and quiet experience with exciting changes inside and out you'll want to see now at your Ski-Doo dealer! T'NT. Silver Bullet twin cylinder, performance machine. OLYMP1QUE Family choice. All-time versatility. NORDIC. Golden Bronze. Luxury ride. For the man who's got it made. ELAN. Power compact goes anywhere the big ones go for a lot less money. See them all at your SKI-DOO dealer! nut SKI-I the machine that changed winter ...has changed TratJa Vartciot Bombanflcf Umif Cd BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd Avenue S. ANDERSON SUPPLY LTD. Warner Box 158 ;