The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 22, 1998 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL HOME & GARDEN FRIDAY, MAY 22. 1998 A3. , CHIP MILLER KSU-Saline County . .Extension Horticulture Agent T PLANTING It's planting time for fall vegetables It is not too early to plant just about anything in the vegetable garden. However, this is not the best time to plant everything. In fact, it's too late to plant a number of things — peas, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, for instance. Many cool weather crops can be , planted in midsummer for a fall crop, but for peas, the year is over. The vegetables best planted now make a lengthy list — snap beans, lima beans, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, okra, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, squash and tomatoes. If you planted v——— severa i o f these weeks ago, good for you. ..It's open season for landscape ornamentals, too. At this time of year, you can plant trees, shrubs, flowers and ground cover. The key is.to give them proper aftercare that will ensure they will survive, better yet thrive, during the heat of summer. If the weather is unseasonably hot, or record-breaking, I would prefer to plant when temperatures are a little more moderate, but there's no guaran- tee'that will happen. This is the best time to plant warm season turf grasses such as Bermuda grass, zoysia grass and buffalo grass. Buffalo grass is the only native grass suitable for lawns. With care to establish it, including effective weed control, tllisG is the lowest maintenance gtas's available. ;,; We have had some excellent ffiins, so if your established plants stall look undernourished, it is time to give attention to plant nutrition. If rainfall and warmer soil temperatures have not given a new lease on life to your plants, a meal of fertilizer may supply the boost your garden needs. .;; Soil is a living thing. Think of it £(s you would a living plant. If your soil has sufficient organic matter, a reasonable pH, and is fertile and friable, it will be teeming with life. Repeated rototilling and the planting of annual vegetables and flowers take a toll on the health of your soil. Repeated disruption of the soil leads to oxidation of organic matter. Once oxidized, organic matter is lost and needs to be replaced. IThe majority of garden problems are related to soil. If you improve your garden soil adequately, many problems will disappear. Soil pH of 7.0 is called neutral. A soil pH of 6.5 is slightly acidic and considered ideal for most crops. A pH of 7.5 is 10 times as alkaline as 6.5. If it is another point higher, or 8.5, this is 100 times as alkaline as 6.5. Most of the residential soils here are alkaline, in the 7.5 to 8.0 range. Alkaline soils tie up nutrients that plants need. Most plants /don't thrive in a soil that is too al. The addition of sulfur will tifyftke the soil more acidic. "'' ~he inorganic components of _ are sand, silt and clay. The pro- ^JKJrtion of each determines the soil texture. If there is too much clay, the soil is heavy, difficult to wet when dry, and slow to dry when W,et. There is not much you can do about soil texture except to add a generous amount of compost. If your soil has the proper texture, it still may be in need of plant nutrients. The three major nutrients are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). They are listed in this order (N-PK) -on bags of fertilizer, and the numbers indicate the percentage of each nutrient in the product. A product labeled 25-4-8 contains 25 percent nitrogen, 4 percent phosphorus and 8 percent potassium. For home gardeners, the most economical and effective way to diagnose plant nutritional needs is through soil testing. Call your local K-State Research & Extension office to find out how to take a soil sample for analysis. It is well worth the little time and expense. .aEpg^-Mjnttpy^- T ANTIQUE DETECTIVE "fanr JANE HART LANDSCAPING PEStGN . CONSULTING. MAINTENANCE 7&5-823-0T52 AiEsnc TURF JjJIlUlillllUUilllUUIUlKWJUIIlJllllIlM 6147IWBOrDHD • ROSSVILLB,KS 66533 (785) 584-6050 Sod Cut Fresh Upon Order Available For Pick Up or Delivery Commercial and Residential The Associated Press The windows in this kitchen of the future are also computer screens that could present images such as the "virtual chef" shown here. This design for a digital house for the 21st century was created by the architecture firm of Hariri & Hariri of New York for a series in House Beautiful magazine. FUTURE HOMES Architects envision suburb living in the city By BARBARA MAYER The Associated Press W ith the year 2000 fast approaching, what will homes be like in the next millennium? Some predictions: • Suburbs will be passe, but amenities such as gardens and private swimming pools will migrate to the city. • Glass windows that are also computer screens will turn walls into learning devices and permit dining in company without having to cook for it. • Rooms will morph easily from one function to another. • Adding an extra bathroom simply may mean buying a plumbing module at a building- products superstore. These are some of the ideas put forward by architects that House Beautiful commissioned to design a "house for the millennium." Ten houses are being featured in the magazine's May, July and October issues. Most have flexible floor plans and address environmental concerns, such as better land use and generating less pollution. Hence the preference for city living. "We have to quit fooling around with the suburbs, which are such a wasteful way of living because you spend too much time in a car," said Laurence Booth, an architect in Chicago. Laurence's design, meant for a climate such as Chicago's and shown in the May issue of the magazine, fits a luxury house onto a standard city lot. Room is made for an indoor garden by substituting it for the living room and placing the four bedrooms in a tower served by an elevator. All the technology needed to build the house exists except for the windows required for the glassed-in garden. What's called for, the architect said, is an insulating window glass that probably will be available in the future and that will minimize the effects of cold and heat without relying on energy-wasting air conditioning and heating units. New glass technology also is required for the house that Hariri & Hariri of New York conceptualized, to be featured in October. Some windows are also giant computer screens on which virtual-reality images can be projected. Residents would be able to call up images stored in the computer or on the Internet. The kitchen's computer screen- windows would allow them to converse with a friend while both are preparing or eating dinner in their own kitchens. "Although it is very expensive and quite limited, the liquid crystal display technology that would make such a panel possible does exist. But the maximum size is about 12 inches square," Mojgan Hariri said. The loftlike homes in a multifamily development designed by the Atlanta architectural firm of Scogin Elam and Bray are meant for a downtown parking lot. "We think people of all ages will rediscover downtown living, so the central idea is to reclaim spaces more or less abandoned in the city," said Merrill Elam. Typically, at present, when a parking lot is acquired for housing, a standard high-rise goes up. Scogin Elam and Bray's development would be more interesting to look at and have outdoor amenities found in the suburbs. What's new about their plan is not its wood construction method but how people buy their space. "You would buy not just your square, but the air space above it and extending from it, and even perhaps disconnected from it, as in a patch of open space to use as a garden," Elam said. The plan she envisions would get better use out of land than in the suburbs, placing as many as 30 units where only six traditional ranch houses might go. The exteriors of all the houses in the project are readily recognizable. But what about the interiors? Hariri foresees an end to fireplaces, traditional furniture and curtains. Others imagine rooms pretty much as they are today. "People don't change, so the rooms in which we live won't necessarily be all that different," said Booth. TIP OF THE WEEK From Willow & Rhubarb Keep your annuals blooming all summer long with Fertilome Blooming & Rooting. It promotes deep green foliage and larger blooms. May be used each time you water as a soil application, foliage feeding or as a rooting solution. SPECIALS Fri., Sat., Sun., Mow. * French Gardens -full of beautiful annual flowers! $ 9 9 * to$ 16 98 Color Bowls- $ 12" * 2 Gallon Geraniums- * 1 4 98 * Cemetery Vases - * I " *SKU #875655 HERBS Regularly $2.29 each Now - Buy 2 Get I Free SKU #80342 Open Memorial Day 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. *i .• Eorthc 470 S. Ohio • 827-9056 8 - 8:30 Monday through Saturday 10-6 Sunday Folk art chalkware & •*.. figures now valuable ANNE GILBERT These days, once plentiful chalkware figures are looked upon with new respect. Now classified as folk art, they also command high prices. The most interesting examples can bring a couple of thousand dollars at auction. The hollow figures were made in a mold of gypsum — the main ingredient in plaster of Paris. Because of their light weight, early pieces were weighted. Although chalk- ware was first made in America as early as 1768, it has come to be associated with Italian immigrants who peddled it in American cities in the mid-19th century. When unpainted, the surface resembled chalk. The figures were cast in a two-piece mold by pouring the "batter" into the oiled mold. Rapid stirring quickly hardened it. The cured halves were cemented together, and rough edges smoothed before it was painted. Thousands of figures were made for middle-class Americans because of its resemblance to the more expensive English Staffordshire figures. Although mass produced, the figures were hand-painted, and no two were exactly alike. Early pieces were sized and painted with oil. Later ones were not sized before being painted with watercolors. They weren't glazed or fired. Originally the colors included gaudy reds and yellows. By now, they have mellowed. Many pieces were made and sold in Pennsylvania. The first known seller, Henry Christian Geyer, advertised plaster figures in a Boston newsletter dated Jan. 25, 1770. Many examples still turn up in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Nodding-head chalkware figures are the rarest. However there are reproductions from Europe. While authentic pieces still may have their original bright colors, often they are "touched up," which lessens the value. Restora- photo courtesy of Sotheby's' This rooster and hen set is a type of chalkware first made in the United States in 1768. i. ; tion by experts is acceptable. Turn the piece upside down and examine the inside of the hollow' body. Look for evidence of glue.' Reproductions are heavier. Iji case of the nodding-heads, re : paired and restored mechanisms^ lower value. The ultimate rarity is a woman's figure. Most common, nonmoving; chalkware figures are animals, fruit and flowers. The same figure; often was made in a variety of sizes.' The largest are the most expensive. Religious figures of angels,' saints and cherubs were predomi ; nantly made by Italians. Often,, niches were made so that the owjvj er could display a favorite religious figure. Collectors would consider a creche — with figures of the Christ; child, Joseph, Mary and animals •*-: a discovery. However, putting fo~ gether your own is possible. : : ^ •> Although hundreds of watch- stands were made to display pock-, et watches, they are hard to coftie^ by. They were undecorated on the back because they were meant to, stand against a wall. • The Carnival chalkware figures* made from 1900 to the 1920s can confuse beginning collectors., These have a pinkish cast. Those made in the 1930s and '40s were, trimmed with glitter. They stUl; can be found at garage sales and- flea markets for under $60. Lawn & Garden SUPPLIES BEDDING PLANTS. Flower or vegetable plants. I 5 Gallon BUbVlloOM ROSES. Non-patent rose bushes. 20% '0 OFF Reg. Retail 5 GAL SHADE OR FRUIT TREES IN STOCK. SELECTION WILL VARY BY STORE EACH FEEDS Reg. 9.99 Reg. 13.99 TURF BUILDER*. TURF BUILDER PLUS Lawn fertilizer. 2*. With weed tall. 79.99 I #SX-135 Dual Line 15" Swath GAS STRING TRIMMER. 23cc 2 cycle engine. 44 QQ TT~ • W W Reg. 54.99 RAIN TRAIN. Sprinkler travels path of hose. Thursday, May 21 through Tuesday, May 26 1820 S. Ninth Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Salina, Ks. Sun. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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