Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on July 16, 1948 · Page 26
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 26

Mason City, Iowa
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Friday, July 16, 1948
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FARM, JULY, 1948 The Odd Fellows farm must be a good place to work. And by the same token, the 2 men shown here must be good workers. Joe Faktor, left, chief engineer and head gardener, has been there nearly 19 years, and his assistant, Ray Meeker, has completed 7 years on the job. ' They garden on a big scale as the picture shows. It includes only a small part of their garden, however. And there are 6 acres of sweetcorn, 6 acres of orchard and 8 acres of potatoes besides. Supt. Howard Delahoyd estimated the annual production as follows: 300 bushels of apples and plums, 300 bushels of squash, 300 of muskmelon, 250 of watermelon, 274 of tomatoes, 50 of cabbage, 25 of cucumbers, 50 of carrots, 20 of beets, 20 of onions, 6 of peppers, 6 of eggplant, 10 of green beans, 25 of peas, 75 of lettuce and 3 of radishes. Then there are about 700 pounds of dried Northern beans, about 100 dozen ears of sweet- corn and "we've already frozen 800 quarts of rhubarb this year." Come to think of it, he forgot the asparagus. And dill. And popcorn. They were all growing in the garden. The greenhouse, seen beyond Factor's shoulders, is not heated since the old steam heating plant was closed down and natural gas is being used, he said. Once it was full of flowers during the winter but now it is used only as a coldframe to start tomato, cabbage, pepper and eggplants in the spring. The garden actually produces more than is consumed in the homes. Each year many Mason Cityans buy garden produce at the farm. Soil Is Still Best for Iowa Gardens ' Soil is still the best thing _to plant your garden in despite reports that vegetables were produced without it on South Pa- "cific islands during the war. Growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil is called hydroponics. Iowa State college of *jrooa horticulturists have been doing it for 8 years with roses in gravel. Soilless culture, as it is referred to occasionally, requires a lot of technical "knowhow" and Larry Grove, college horticultur- ist advises against it unless you have the right equipment. Some gardeners over the state have been asking about this method, however. Grove says it's necessary to tend the plants pretty carefully if you do not have the gadgets to do the work for you. But if you still would like to experiment with the method, he has some information that he will send free of charge to those who write him at the college. If hogs are to make fast and economical gains, fresh water is a necessity. Deckers IOWANA SKINNED AND BONELESS It's Good Anytime . . . Anywhere DECKER'S IOWANA is the Aristocrat of All Ham. It is sugar cured, genuine hickory smoked. Always tender, always juicy, it is delicious. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Ask your dealer for Decker's lowana skinned or boneless . . . finest quality hams. 'A MEAL WITHOUT MEAT IS A MEAL INCOMPLETE FINEST QUALITY FINEST FLAVOR DECKER'S IOWANA

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