The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 10, 1986 · Page 6
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Living Today The Salina Journal Friday, January 10,1986 Page 6 Air layering shortens leggy plants By CHARLES L. MILLER Extension Horticultural Agent You can multiply your houseplants and have fun doing it. One of the most interesting methods is air layering. It can be used on foliage plants with woody stems or with thick, fleshy stems. It is used to shorten leggy plants and propagate new plants at the same time. If your plant has too much stem between the soil and its first leaves, Gardening air layer it. Start by making an upward slanting cut into the stem six inches below the leaves. Cut one-third to halfway through the stem and give it some support if it appears likely to break off. Insert a wooden matchstick or toothpick to keep the cut open and dust the wound with a rooting hormone. Place two handfulls of wet sphagnum moss around the stem, covering the cut. Wrap the moss in a sheet of plastic and tie the plastic at tip and bottom. The plastic can be sealed at the ties with waterproof electrician's tape. Root formation will usually take place in four to six weeks. When numerous white roots are visible in the ball of moss, sever the stem below these roots and pot up your new plant. Support the sphagnum moss with your hand while pot- INCHES Steps in air layering. ting it, as it may drop off and take many of the roots with it. Water the new plant well. The original pot will now have long stubs remaining in it. With some plants like dief- fenbachia or dracaena, the stubs can be cut into two-inch lengths and buried on their sides in moist potting medium to get more new plants. The severly pruned original plant will generate new shoots and leaves producing even more plants. Other plants to try this method with are schefflera and rubber plant. Some plants multiply by sending out aerial runners with tiny plants at their tips. You probably have seen these on spider plants and strawberry geraniums. Where these plants grow naturally, the developing plants grow larger until they bend to the ground and establish root systems in the soil. Imitate nature in your home by placing a small pot filled with moist potting mix under the new plant. Pin the plant to the mix with a paper clip or bobby pin. Roots are established if the plant holds fast when given a slight tug, usually in four to six weeks. Cut the runner from the parent, and the new plant is on its own. * * * The Saline County extension office has scheuduled a do-it-yourself home landscape workshop Feb. 4 through 25. Participants will learn to design and draw their own landscape plans. Couples are encouraged to attend. The landscape workshop consists of four Tuesday sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 109 of the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. The cost is $5 per household. Pre-registration deadline is Feb. 11 at the extension office. Enrollment is limited to 12 households. Open damper keeps warmth in fireplace By ANDY LANG APNewsfeatures Want to get the most out of your fireplace? Learn how to start and sustain a good fire, but before you master that, be sure your chimney is in shape to handle it. For a fire that starts well without smoke and sparks, be On the house sure the chimney is cleaned every year. Creosote, a tarry substance deposited on chimney walls by smoke, poses a fire hazard if allowed to build up. The accumulation of creosote, besides the safety factor, also can block the free flow of air up the chimney, .making the fire smoky and hard to start. Cleaning a chimney is a messy job and usually is best left to a professional. Learn to use the damper correctly and even a small, old fireplace will perform better. The damper, which controls the flow of air up the chimney, is usually adjusted by a small handle extending down from the chimney in the back of the fireplace. Once the fire is burning, open the damper just enough to cause the smoke to flow up the chimney and not into the room. Because fireplaces vary so much in construction, you'll learn how much is "just enough" by trial and error. When you are not using the fireplace, be sure the damper is closed. But first be sure the fire isn't smoldering, as a smoldering bed of ashes can still release smoke and noxious fumes into the house. In stacking wood, keep it near the back of the fireplace to get the. best draft. If you are using andirons, pile kindling (small pieces of wood) on crumpled balls of newspaper between the andirons. Then stack two larger split logs across the andirons, cut side down. Decrease the size of Club calendar Saturday Women's Aglow, 9 a.m. breakfast, Holiday Inn. Salina Moose Lodge 721, 9 p.m. January birthday dance to music by "Reflections," Moose Home. Leslie Kreps Post 62 of the American Legion, 9:30 a.m. junior auxiliary meeting; 7 p.m. steak night, Post Home. Bowling tournament at New Holiday Bowl. Lincoln Post Rock Promenader Square Dance Club, 8 to 10:30 p.m. dance, Catholic Parish Hall. Caller: Albert Braun. Rounds cued by Lola Pratt. Finger food. All square dancers welcome. Dixie Dudes Square and Round Dance Club, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. dance, National Guard Armory, Abilene. Caller: Larry Hays. Rounds cued by "Serving Salina Since 1927' EQEN-M1DD INSURANCE Pal Bolen »Ron Dupy Carrol Robertson. Finger food. All dancers welcome. Sunday Smoky Valley Genealogical Society, 2:30 p.m. meeting, society library, 615 S. llth. Program: "The Second 30 Minutes" on British researching by Mona Cunningham. Leslie Kreps Post 62 of the American Legion, 1 to 5 p.m. chili feed, Post Home. Bowling tournament at New Holiday Bowl. Parents Without Partners Inc., 7:15 p.m. orientation; 8 p.m. meeting, First National Handi-Bank, Mid State Mall. Topic: "Adult Education" by Little House representative. Alateen Serenity Seekers, 6 p.m. meeting, Carver Center, 315 N. Second. Tri-Rivers Running Club, 3 p.m. fun run, meet north of Oakdale Park gazebo. Open to members and guests and anyone interested in running. Non-competitive. No entry fee. Breakfast Alcoholics Anonymous, 10 a.m. meeting, Red Coach Inn, 2110 W. Crawford. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, Cavalier Court. the logs as you stack upwards. If you use a grate basket, put in several inches of kindling and newspaper balls. Then add on several medium-sized logs, split side down. Add decreasing sizes of split logs as you stack. Smaller logs burn best in a grate. From Scripto, which makes a disposable butane torch for lighting fireplace fires, comes the suggestion that the bed of ashes left over from the last fire should be used. Using the shovel, spread the ash smoothly on the floor of the fireplace, creating a channel down the middle, from front to back, before you arrange the kindling and logs. Proper spacing between the logs is important, too, so air can circulate freely around them. If they are too far apart, however, the logs will not absorb enough heat from each other. Move the burning logs with tongs or poker. Once again, remember the warning to make sure the damper is open before you light the kindling and paper. Scripto naturally thinks you should use a butane torch for that purpose, because it puts six inches between you and the flame. It says matches are too short to protect your hands from fast-acting kindling. ALL PAYMENTS COLLECTED BY AUTHORIZED RECIPIENT WILL BE DEPOSITED 1 st National Bank ACCT. #793-961 PUBLIC SALE OF REPOSSESSED SEWING MACHINES VACUUMS FROM DEALER ACCOUNT NO. 533687 by Order of Secured Party WILL BE HELD AT: Best Western-Mid America Inn, Salina 1-70 at Exit 252 Time: Friday, Jan. 10 — 10:3O A.M. to 8:OO P.M. Saturday, Jan. 11 — 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sale limited to inventory available, only These units were repossessed from a large Mid-West dealer and will be sold directly to the public. Name brand sewing machines — Singer — Pfaff — Necchi — Bernina — Elna — Viking — White — Riccar and more New, Original Values to $1500.00. Prices start at $58.00. Used from $25.00. Inventory includes some Sergers and Walking Foot Upholstery Machines. Vacuum Cleaners — Eureka — Hoovers — Kirby — Compact — Rainbow — Electrolux — Panasonic — Filter Queen and more. New, Original Values to $950.00. Prices start at $48.00. Used from $25.00. Also included — other bankruptcy and closeout merchandise. Cash — Visa — MasterCard — American Express. All New Units With Full Factory Warranties No Phone Calls Please Open a window in the next room to help the fire draw. Adjust the damper once the fire is drawing nicely up the chimney. When adding wood, resist the temptation to poke at the old coals. You may not see the flames, but these coals usually conceal the hottest part of the fire and are necessary to feed the flames in the rearranged stack. Very gently, using the. poker or tongs, move the remaining large pieces of wood toward the center and build the new stack on top of them. The heat from the undisturbed charcoals underneath will send the flames up to the newly-added wood. The safety rules for wood fires require constant concentration. Open the damper all the way before building the fire. Never light the fire with flammable liquids. Be sure nothing that can burn is closer than eight feet from the fireplace. When the fire is lit, put a mesh screen or spark guard in front of the fireplace. And, although they are attracted to the dancing flames, small children should be kept away from the area. A fire glowing in the fireplace can create a feeling of comfort and contentment, but make it properly and follow all the safety precautions. Canine pleads for compassion Dear Ann Landers: The enclosed appeared in your column several years ago. Although it never fails to bring tears to my eyes, I keep wanting to see it again. No dog-lover will be able to read this piece and not feel a lump in his or her throat. A Dog's Plea Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I might lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn. Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger. And, my friend, when I am old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic effprts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands. — A Dog's Friend in Kansas City, Mo. Dear Friend: Thank you for requesting a rerun. It's a heartwarmer. Dear Ann Landers: When I lost my husband several months ago I had a great many phone calls and visits from relatives and friends. They were very helpful. But now I want to get on with rearranging my home and my life. In order to do this I need peace and quiet. The problem is "June," a woman who continues to come to my home Ann Landers NEWS AMERICA every day, without fail. Some days she arrives before breakfast and stays until late afternoon. She never phones ahead, just drops in. We were never close friends, and I have little in common with this woman. She has many problems, and I'm sick of hearing about them. How do I tell her I need time for myself, and I wish she would leave me alone? —Rx Needed in Sioux City, Iowa Dear Sioux City: At the risk of boring my longtime readers, I'll say it for the umpteenth time. Nobody can take advantage of you without your permission. A few well-worded sentences could put an end to your problem. Sample: "Please do not come over without first calling. When you drop in unexpectedly you interfere with my schedule and I find it upsetting." If she drops in after that speech, tell her at the door, "Sorry, my day is planned. Do phone ahead next time." Then shut the door. If she never returns you have not lost a friend, you have unloaded a burden. Scouts Restoring small vehicles a big job TULSA, Okla. (AP) — About four years ago, Buddy George swapped a '49 Ford for some cash and a toy truck. The 60-year-old Keystone toy was rusted and missing its back doors, wheels and two axles. But the draftsman was fascinated by the way the old truck was put together—with precision difficult to find nowadays. It could be valuable if fixed with the right touch, he felt. It and the money were worth more to him than that old Ford. But as George began rebuilding the toy, it became more than a vehicle from which to profit. It became an obsession. He bought more. Soon he had quit drafting, bought more automotive machinery and turned full time to the toys. The workshop where George brings the small cars back to life is a dusty, ramshackle garage behind his house in north Tulsa. Hand tools and paint cans sit randomly on, under and beside power tools. Old metal toy truck and car bodies are piled nearly to the ceiling, stacked on a full-size, vintage Ford convertible. The convertible is incidental. The workshop is for the toys. "These toys excite me. I don't know how to explain it," George says. "I'm just intrigued with the way the stuff was built and the way these trucks look." But these are toys few children will ever touch. They're too fancy and expensive for child's play. "These were rich kids' toys when they were made," he said. In a way, they still are. George's customers are collectors who frequent the antique toy show circuit. BUY EVER riME-OF-O/Mf CLOCK 5 POWER LEVELS OCfBOST SETTING $ 199 Limited Quantities Famous Worldwide 4HhortpxrLiT±r Quality All Hotpoint & G.E. Microwave Ovens on sale at the lowest prices ever. Only At MID-AMERICA APPLIANCE CENTER In Mid-America Plaza Belmont & S. 9th, Salina 825-8925 Home-owned & operated featuring group buying for the best prices around. Michael J. Mitchell is to receive the Eagle Scout award during a 2 p.m. court of honor Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth. The public is invited. Mitchell, a jun-1 ior assistant! Scoutmaster Boy Scout Troop 2,1 did interior painting in Christ the King Lutheran [ Church as his I Eagle service ! project. He also Mitchell has earned 27 merit badges and the Scout Lutheran Living Faith award and is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. A junior at South High School, he is the son of Stan and Sandy Mitchell, Salina. SALESPERSON WANTED K We are now accepting applications for a part-time salesperson leading to full-time. We will train the right young woman. Must be dependable, neat and take pride in work and appearance. We offer a 5-day work week. Call Anita at 825-5907 for an interview. Crickei At \op 104 N. Santa Fe SAUNA'S BEST WESTER DEAL Discover the new taste in town — savory lobster tail at Skipper's Seafood 'n Chowder House. For , just $6.99 you can enjoy a lobster tail served with lemon and butter, plus freshly baked cornbread, baked potato and coleslaw. Come on down today for a deal of a meal that no seafood lover should !__ miss. Only at Skipper's. $6.99 Lobster Tail Dinner 1-135 and Crawford in Salina I gkippeffi

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