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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, September 13, 1974 Your garden By IsabeHeR. Young, F.R.M.S. HOME OF THE WEEK This week I would like to write about some of the herbs and their uses. Chives is a perennial, related to the onion family, growing nine inches or so in height. It has grassy, tubular, dark green foliage or leaves and the flowers are a pale mauve in July and August, which should be removed before flowering. Because of its height, chives is ideal for growing in a tub on an apartment balcony or patio, and are also nice in window boxes or used as an edging for a herb garden or elsewhere. The leaves should be cut close to the ground as needed. Sow the seed in full sun or semi-shade in a good loamy soil in the early spring. It may also be increased by division of roots in the spring or fall. In about four years, it usually has formed large clumps and so require to be separated at this time. Cut the clump into segments with a sharp knife, making sure that each one retains some of the roots. Replant to stand about 10 to 12 inches apart. For people who cannot eat onions, chives has a very mild flavor and are easy tolerated, even by small children. Herbalists say that chives is a good general tonic and blood cleanser. When using, chop the leaves finely and add to salads or dressings, or mix with cream cheese, add to soups or egg dishes. It is delicious with baked potatoes and sour cream. A number of herbs may be dried and kept in containers for a long period, but chives is not easily kept this way, but is worthy of a place in the garden for a constant supply of fresh, green leaves during the summer and fall. If you have other herbs that you have grown in your garden, why not dry some for gifts to add a little "magic" to cooking. When drying herbs, for best quality this should be done as rapidly and thoroughly as possible. Pinch the leaves from the stem of the plant. While this may seem like a tremendous amount of work, it is only this part of the plant that is used. No appreciable amount of flavor is in the stalk part of the large-leaved herbs. Some people tie them in bunches and hang them up to dry, but the leaves have to be removed afterwards. Find the method that suits you the best. The small-leaved herbs dry quicker than others, and include dill, thyme, and marjoram. Herbs should have a nice green color when dried, so this process should be done as rapidly as possible, which means they are to be placed in a hot, dry, dark, well ventilated spot. This could be an attic or any room in the house where these conditions are met. Sage is quite slow in becoming "crisp" because the thick, fuzzy leaves seem to retain moisture for a long period. It is recommended that when drying these herbs that the leaves barely touch each other and they should also be in single layers. A window screen is ideal to use for drying. If you have not grown herbs before, this might be a good time to think about them for next year. Borage is easily grown from seed and has a faint cucumber flavor. Basil is a spicy tasting herb, especially nice with fish, eggs, meat and tomato dishes. Use home areas for play space By MR. FIX More leisure time and more emphasis on physical conditioning have tended to overtax public recreational facilities. While you cannot turn your yard into a recreation center you can make more use of home facilities than you thought possible. Good planning will even make a-small city lot servicable for a number of games. It isn't hard to lay out a variety of game courts. Several can be done in the same area if you plan carefully. Tennis, volleyball and badminton can be combined, for example. For basketball practice a court isn't even needed. Mount a backboard, ring and net on the garage overhang or on a steel pole. Set the pole in concrete just beyond the end of the driveway or alongside it. Your dealer can supply the proper mounting brackets. For official court layouts for various games, consult your public library. When you buy equipment you will find that the sets include rules and diagrams for layouts. If you find yourself pressed for space and you are not planning on tournament play you can shrink court sizes slightly. The game area should be away from any kind of obstacle. Obstacles are hazardous and are a nuisance, at least. Use agricultural lime to mark lines on the grass. Use a watering can although special rollers are available for the purpose if you care to spend the money. MULCHING Mulching covering the ground between plants with a two-to-six inch layer of dead vegetable matter such as straw, peat moss, bark or wood chips, partly rotted sawdust helps reduce an- nual weeds as well as main- taining a more even supply of ground moisture. Decorative stones can also be used as mulches. Trans-Canada Telephom System Alittletalk... a long way. Call Long Distance to say how things are going, o hear how things are. H's a great way lo travel. Fast and easy and low m cosl. You re there in seconds. And your call will mean so much. Who should you call Long Distance? Make il a surprise. Make iJ soon. RATIO STONES DESIGN SF3-X752 SQ.FT. DESIGN SF3-2752 Sq. Ft. The house illustrated this week was designed for people who like bi-level living. The lower level has win- dows on all sides which is one basic advantage of the split- entry design, the designer claims. The recreation room on the lower level has, a fireplace. Good natural light is available for shop and hobby room area. The kitchen is just a few steps from the front door, and its luncheon area has sliding doors to a well sheltered patio. The three bedrooms are planned with good closet space and other fine features throughout. This design can be built on a 60-foot lot and it is suitable for any type of heating. HOME-0-GRAPH HOME PLANNING SERVICE 40 Jarvie St., Toronto, Ontario M5C 2H1 D I enclose S1 (plus 25e for handling) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 1 (homes up to 1.850 sq. ft.) D I enclose 51 (plus 25e for handling) for 'Home Designs for Canadians" Book 2 (larger homes, vacation 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 (Ptoase Print) LETH Carpentry Corner Trellis is useful item Even those who haven't used a hammer or saw since grammar school, find trellis building a satisfying way to spend tension free hours. Easy to follow directions con- tained in a pattern offered below, assumes the builder knows nothing about its construction and explains every step. Since there are usually one or more gardeners in every family, this handsome trellis 15 exceptionally popular. It can be used to frame an out- Pest removal Many large and "obvious pests can be eliminated from >our garden without the use of pesticides. The tomato hornworm, for example, can strip a tomato plant clean in a day or two. ftirt it's 3 torge. slow-moving worm lhal can be easily removed by hand-picking. Slugs can be reduced by eliminating their night hiding places- hollows under boards or damp rubbish on the ground PROTECT DRIVEWAY OTTAWA