\ .**1 m *«*_ ___ _____—___ ONIONS SPROUT — Louis Vanore, 550 E. Race St., like many area gardeners planted his onions on St. Patrick’s Day. The sprouts now are coming up and he checks the progress progress daily and weeds his garden. A gardener for more than 30 years, Vanore said many of his friends are starting gardens because of the high cost of food today. The amateur gardener, Vanore said, should plant tomatoes, tomatoes, peppers or lettuce. (Mercury Photo). New Gardeners Advised To Start Planting Now Spring is here and for anyone planning to have a garden the time is running out, according to a Stowe resident who has been gardening for more than 30 years. Louis Vanore, 550 E. Race St., said he knows of many friends who because of the higher prices of food already cleared a small section of their backyards, the first step in preparing a garden. “I was raised on a farm and enjoyed gardening most of my life,” he said, “many people were not as fortunate and gardening might not be as easy as a beginner thinks.” For the amateur gardner Vanore recommends planting tomatoes, peppers, lettuce or onions. “Corn is no good for a small garden because it takes too much space, shades too much ground and you just don’t get much out of it. “Cucumbers aren’t too good to plant because the roots are so close to the ground it uses too much water,” he said, “and while radishes are all right, the results only produce a few meals.” In addition to tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and onions, Vanore said cabbage is very profitable because “you can make so much from it.” Vanore today has two gardens in his yard and grows 300 tomatoes, between 500 and 600 pepper plants as well as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, red beets, string beans and egg plant. “I usually pull my onions in the middle of July, dig over the ground and then plant winter turnips,” he said adding the turnips he doesn’t use makes a good mulch. Vanore said a rule of thumb for beginners is not to plant tomatoes before May 15, a safe date after the frost is long gone. “You can’t make any money, however, planting that late because the early tomatoes are out,” he said. ‘This is a gamble, but if you are careful you can plant in late April, cover and nurse the tomato plant until the frost line is past.” While the ground is a bit cold for tomatoes, Vanore said it’s perfect for planting lettuce now but too late for onions or peas which should be planted on St. Patrick’s Day. “To begin a garden you must prepare the ground by plowing, make the rows and plant,” he said. “It’s too late for manure which should be spread in the fall.” Vanore said the only time he waters his plants, except cucumbers, is when he plants them. After that he “lets nature run its course.” “After the planting, it is easy and the gardner then only has to weed and watch the crops grow,” he concluded. Possible Gas Worries Area News of gasoline shortages and even rationing to motorists in some parts of the country are worrying Pottstown area drivers these days. “People come here to stock up with cans and anything else that’ll hold gas,” admitted Kee Robinson, proprietor of Robinson ARCO, 1247 N. Charlotte St. “My sales zoomed this month,” said Carl Cottelese, who owns a rival American Oil Co. Station across the street. “People are scared. They’re keeping their tanks full.” Some sources predict the price of a gallon of gasoline is headed for the $1 mark before the supply begins to catch up with the demand again. But local service station owners say they don’t know much about it. “To be honest I haven’t heard anything about the shortage,” Robinson said. “I can get gas from my supplier any time I need it. The public knows more about this situation than I do.” Robinson isn’t worrying yet.