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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1991 SECTION B EDITOR: SARA PEARCE, 369-1011 TelevisionB-6, 7 PuzzlcsB-10 Rob KasperB-4 ReligionB-5 O V ) THE PACKAGE IS THE the Cincinnati enquirer ri r r! i C l ,y o)Yvi i v' i IV Jj a'r" Gardening KEY TO !1 ! J I JVW II Cardboard egg cartons are biodegradable. Polystyrene foam cartons are not. r -"PL' . Lltl.lllllllM 1 1. HI LI Mill II Spring into action before winter falls A welcome breath of fall has greeted us with weather perfect for working in the garden. The soil still is warm and easy to work (though it may need some watering before any digging is done, because lack of rain has made some of it rock hard) and the air is cool enough to make working outdoors comfortable again. If the lawn needs renovating, this is the time to do it. You can start from scratch or use a verti-slicer (available at tool rental stores) and re-seed thin spots. If only a small area needs seeding, use a strong rake to roughen the soil surface and firm seeds into place with the back of the rake. It's also the ideal time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. While you're about it, perennials such as daylilies, peonies, iris and daisies can be divided and replanted. For that matter, daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs that didn't bloom well last spring because of crowding also can be dug, divided and replanted. Just do it soon. With soil t IM'IX 2 " j i ml Downy !TOVCI 1 lLJ L-ALJ u u u u ., 1 ' .ws,,,, , "rill ' it 'lcJEl, I .i n mi, ti'lf.wm"" I. piiimiimn r VAXWfl Refi-.sofproducts.ike Y Jl, U V --'.- Downy help to cut down the T- Arsi rJjU4 & H 'JZT2 plastic used in packaging. fZ?;m-' ' ?OP Cy. f ' "'11--'' Bread wrappers may be made with low-lead inks, so do not reuse .1 V - V f Jane Laping, vice president of Citizens' : League for Awareness & Recycling (CLEAR), says "individual containers are always wasteful, and they're more costly." V:, grown with pesticides, then treated post-harvest to preserve it, CLEAR says. Recommendations: Wash or peel produce before eating. Or buy organic produce or locally grown produce that is not treated post-harvest. By habit, Laping says, many people put produce in plastic bags. If you must bag it, bring a used one from home, or buy a mesh bag. BREAD, ROLLS: Because low-lead inks may be used on bread bag labels, CLEAR advises not to turn bags inside out when they're reused. MEAT: Meat is commonly packed on polystyrene foam trays and wrapped in plastic. An alternative, CLEAR says, is to buy meat wrapped in paper at the butcher counter. Laping acknowledges this may be more expensive, but she notes that in the long run, reducing the amount of -packaging will reduce food bills. CLEAR notes that 2,500 gallons of water are used to produce one pound of beef and that cattle give off methane, a greenhouse gas that X - . , v. .i A . r L . .'fcL:' ' " 'V' " o II- I V no HKmooi - J BY JOHN JOHNSTON The Cincinnati Enquirer Jane Laping is standing in the applesauce aisle at a grocery store and doesn't like what she sees: six-packs of single-serve plastic containers with aluminum lids, all packaged in paperboard. "All this stuff has to be thrown away," she says. "In our experience, individual containers are always wasteful, and they're more costly." The alternative: Buy the same amount of applesauce in a 24-ounce glass jar. Pack it in lunches in reusable containers. And don't forget to recycle the glass. Teaching consumers about environmentally friendly packaging . and products is the idea behind a new project sponsored by Citizens' League for Environmental Awareness & Recycling (CLEAR). Laping is vice presidentcity affairs for the 2-year-old all-volunteer group, which has 150 members in Cincinnati. By mid-October, CLEAR plans to begin taking small groups on "green" shopping tours of the Hyde Park Kroger store. The free shopping service, modeled after a program set up by the League of Women Voters in New Castle, N.Y., may eventually expand to other stores. CLEAR previously worked with Kroger in setting up a grocery bag buy-back program (consumers get 5t for reusing a bag). The Hyde Park store was chosen for environmental shopping because of the neighborhood's high rate of recycling. CLEAR won't tell people what brands to buy. "Our aim is to let people make their own decisions," Laping says. "We're just there to educate people." Shopping pointers CLEAR members Jane Egasti of Terrace Park and Laping of Paddock Hills agreed to take The Enquirer on a green shopping tour. Some pointers: PRODUCE: Most produce is Earth smart shopping Citizens' League for Environmental Awareness & Recycling offers these principles of environmental shopping: Buy the type of packaging that you will recycle: glass, metal, paperboard, aluminum, plastic. Buy In bulk or buy the largest package you can. Buy concentrates. Buy refillable (liquid soap) and returnable containers (pop bottles and beer bottles) when available. Buy recycled packaging (cereal boxes, cracker boxes, egg cartons). still warm and seldom frozen here until December, plants have ample opportunity to put forth strong new roots in fall. Roots grow throughout winter, whenever the soil is not frozen. Which is one reason watering is recommended occasionally when winters are warm and dry. Now's the time to gather the hardware cloth, chicken wire, lumber, concrete blocks, bricks or whatever This week Move houseplants indoors after checking to make sure they are insect-free. If scale is a problem, use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to remove it. If flying insects are a problem, spray with Safer's Insecticidal Soap. Repot root-bound plants. Listen to the weather forecast. Generally, killing frosts don't hit until mid-October, but they can happen earlier. When frost is predicted, get out old sheets or burlap and cover plants overnight. you need to build a compost pile. Find a sunny spot so it will heat well under winter's sun. ' Start the pile with a few large stalks or small twigs, add a 6- to 10-inch layer of nitrogen-rich vegetative matter such as grass clippings, bean and other spent plants from the vegetable garden, and potato and fruit peelings, coffee grounds and tea leaves from the kitchen. Then, add a thin layer of soil. When leaves begin to fall, pile them on, too, and repeat the layering. Keep the pile moist but not saturated by watering gently, then, cover it with plastic. Turn it once in a while and by spring, you should have finished compost, ideal for adding to the soil or using as mulch. OLDER THE BETTER: Sometimes, old-fashioned flowers like dahlias are the most satisfying. They should be a mainstay in the garden in mid-to-late season when many other plants succumb to heat and longevity, and quit blooming. For a peek of the many dahlias available for home gardens, visit the Ohio Valley Dahlia Association's 81st annual show at Eastgate Mall this weekend. There will be thousands of blooms on display and a host of growers on hand to talk about their favorite flowers, provide details on varieties available and offer sources for the plants. The show is free and open to the public 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Eastgate Mall. Information: 752-2290. BROWN-BAG: Krohn Conservatory celebrates fall with a brown-bag lunch series on gardening noon-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in October. The sessions will be held on Krohn's new outdoor patio and feature Cincinnati Park Board floral experts. Bring lunch or buy it at the new concession stand. Topics and speakers are: Oct. 2, edible flowers, Kristi O'Donnell; Oct. 9, ecotourism, Jeff Kapela; Oct. 16, herbs for home arid office, Mary Ellen Pesek; Oct. 23, making pesto, Jennifer Finucane; Oct. 30, orchids for home and office, Andrea Schepmann. There is no charge and no registration is required. 352-4080. O trf The absence of fluorocarbons is good, but the plastic topping and metal can fall on the bad side of environmentally considerate packaging. contributes to global warming. The World Resources Institute, a non-profit environmental policy research group, says 17 of methane released worldwide comes from animals and animal wastes. CLEAR advises occasionally substituting a non-meat entree, and eating smaller portions of meat. Recommendations to eat less meat and to eat organic produce can be controversial. When a children's book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: ABC's for a Better Planet, made such recommendations, groups such as the ' American Farm Bureau Federation attacked the book. "All we're saying is, there are choices," Egasti says. DAIRY: Cardboard egg cartons are (Please see PACKAGING, Page B-10) First comes pre-cycling, Page B-2. They're back WKRP In Cincinnati (7 p.m., Channel 45; 11 :35 p.m. Sunday, Channel 12): Conclusion of premiere: Johnny Fever and Jennifer Marlowe save the station. Golden Girt (8 p.m., Channel 22): Sophia takes a hearing test. Empty Neat (9 p.m., Channel 22): Barbara wants a baby too. Nurses (9:30 p.m., Channel 22; 10:30 p.m., Channel 5): LaVerne from Empty Nest plays matchmaker for Sandy. Slstera (1 0 p.m., Channel 22): Evan and Alex celebrate birthdays; Teddy falls off the wagon; Frankie negotiates a big Japanese business deal. P.S.I. LtV 1(10 p.m., Channel 9): Sonny Bono appears as himself as Danl and Cody track corrupt federal agents. f vi , - ' ii v ' j i X-i'- t" ' ' ' . , ( , for V t !M I Y , ;'.V'- ,4 Off ' Vtr- ' ' y; The Torkelsons U (8:30 p.m., Channel 22) Poor Dorothy Jane Torkelson. She never wears new clothes, must share her bedroom with a sister and endure her resourceful mother's tricks. "Tell me I was switched at birth," she tells the Man in the Moon. 'I'm the only girl in school whose clothes started out as something else." The observations of 14-year-old Dorothy Jane (Olivia Burnette) are the heart and soul of this comedy about a poor, single Oklahoma mother (Connie Ray) of five who keeps her family stitched together with needle, thread and hope. In the pilot, mom takes in a boarder unannounced (William Schallert, Patty Duke's dad), as producers fabricate a father figure for the series. (Could this be the influence of producer Michael Jacobs from My Two Dads and Charles In Charge?) It doesn't ring true. The final scene showing mom cementing her washing machine to the floor also seems contrived, but creator Lynn Montgomery says it really happened in her Oklahoma hometown. The Torkelsons' fate will be interesting to watch. Jacobs' fabricated families seldom succeed on TV. But Montgomery's passion, Dorothy Jane's charm and NBC's strong Saturday ratings may keep The Torkelsons around for a while. JOHN KIESEWETTER The Torkelsons: Olivia Burnette, left, and Connie Ray.